LMC is proud to offer for sale this 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition
By 1978, the Chevrolet Corvette had already been in production for 25 years, much longer than most models, and once again the Corvette was honored to be the official pace car for the famous Indianapolis 500. Chevrolet took the opportunity to commemorate the anniversary event with a spectacular Pace Car Edition. Since Chevrolet had 6,200 dealers at the time, the decision was to build a special limited edition so that each showroom could have at least one. Today they have become quite sought after in the collector world with only 6,502 being produced, and only approximately 25% of those coming with the L82 pushing 220HP. L82 engines were also now fitted with an aluminum intake manifold which saved 24 pounds compared to the cast iron unit of previous years. Performance was confirmed by Road & Track, taking a 1978 L82 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds, 127 mph flat out, and covered the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds at 95 mph. Indy-500 Pace Cars featured Black/Silver two-tone paint which was first two-tone paint option offered by Corvette since 1961. Other features were the unique front and rear spoilers, polished aluminum Red-stripe wheels, mirror-tint roof panels and special “clam shell” contoured sport seats finished in Silver Leather. An Indianapolis 500 decal kit was also included. The most spectacular new design styling was the “fastback” rear end having a large rear window, reminiscent of the lines of the mid-'60s, that was beneficial for both aerodynamics and increased usable luggage space while improving rearward visibility. Other desirable options include air conditioning, power windows and door locks, tilt-telescopic steering column, AM/FM/CB radio, cruise control, and polished-aluminum wheels with the Red Trim Line. Some cars are destined to be collector cars. They are produced in limited quantities, some to commemorate achievements of a brand or model, some are stand alone models and others are special packages available to make them unique. Whatever the case may be, some result in massive collector followings and the 1978 Corvette Pace Car edition is one of those truly special commemorative cars.
This 1978 Pace Car was built in St Louis, Missouri and has registered only 8,545 original miles since being delivered new from Zwygart Chevrolet in Valley Falls Kansas. Finished just as all Corvette Pace Cars were, Black exterior with Silver metallic paint trim and Red Pin Striping. Open the door and you'll find the Silver/Smoke Leather Bucket Seat interior, all original to the car of course and in wonderful condition. This particular car is also one of only 200 believed to have been built with the desirable, numbers matching 220hp L82 350-4 engine and 4-Speed Close Ratio Transmission. With the smoked Glass T-Roof, this Corvette provides either the Coupe feel or the open air driving thrills with the T panels removed. This Corvette is extremely clean throughout a testimony to the great care of all the previous owners. Also as with other Pace Cars, it is fully loaded with features including Power Steering, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel, Glass Roof Panels, Air Conditioning and Cruise Control, as well it is also equipped with the optional FE7 Gymkhana suspension. Of course this very special and rare Pace Car is fully documented with things such as; Original Window Sticker, Dealer Order Sheet, warranty booklet, Owner’s Manual, copies of old titles, odometer disclosure statements,, starting instructions, dealer brochure, consumer info pamphlet, tire warranty booklet, blower motor instructions, delco battery pamphlet, maintenance schedule, t top instructions, wheel/lug nut pamphlet, previous bills of sale, service receipts, car history overview.
The 1978 Corvette L82 Pace Car has great styling, rarity and desirability among collectors and enthusiasts making this a great opportunity not to be missed.