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1979 Corvette with Silver anniversary paint option
1978 Corvette front hood emblem The Corvette was 25 years old in 1978 and the celebration was on. All 1978s featured a commemorative badge (right) on the front nose. A special two tone paint scheme consisting of dark silver on the lower body and light silver above separated by a dark silver stripe was offered. The production quantity was not limited and 15,283 were sold.

1978 Corvette - factory photo
Above and below: 1978 Corvette, Official GM Photos.
1978 Corvette Indy 500 pace car replica
1978 was a year of significant changes to the C3 Corvette. A new "fastback" design which made for a smoother silhouette and answered criticisms of limited luggage space; owners now had storage similar to the mid-years Corvette coupes. Also like the mid-years coupes, access to the area was through the seats and inconvenient. A hatchback opening would be available in 1982. A retractable cover provided sun protection and security. One drawback to the new design was that the interior would heat up on sunny days, placing increased demands on the air conditioning.

1978 Corvette For Sale

1978 Silver Anniversary Vett
Price: $17,999
Exterior: Silver
Interior: Black
Miles: 82,000
Location: Martinsburg

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This 1978 corvette is a 2 owner, 82,000 original miles, numbers matching, L82/350, rare close ratio 4spd, power steering, power brakes, A/C, power windows, tilt and telo steering wheel, AM/FM/Cassette, working original radio, alloy wheels, correct valve covers, correct air cleaner, power antenna, nice original black leather interior, sport mirrors, rear window defogger, and much more (more)

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A new temporary space saving spare tire enabled the installation of a new 24 gallon (previously 17 gallon) fuel tank, increasing the driving range between fill-ups, a previous Corvette complaint.
1978 Corvette interior
The interior, which was starting to look dated, was upgraded for 1978. The gauges, while still round, were set in a more squared off area. A glove box replaced the map pockets located in front of the passenger. CB (Citizens Band) radios were a booming fad in 1978 and a AM-FM stereo with CB (RPO UP6; $638.00 - ouch!) was available. One antenna was called on to provide for the AM-FM and CB functions, so its performance was compromised.
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Comments (6)

i know a person who owns one
#1 - randy ebersole - 07/15/2011 - 20:34
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I purchased a worn out 1978 Corvette in 2008 and recently completed a body on restoration / modification project in my garage. I am not a mechanic. As the only son of a USAF career man I first saw a Corvette when I was 15 and vowed to restore an antique Corvette some day. I kept my promise through the inspiration of my late wife. The link above will take you to my on line car club garage. In there are all the step by step photos documenting my restoration project.

Terry A. Orgeron
#2 - Terry A. Orgeron - 10/16/2011 - 21:23
I recieved a 78 vette for my birthday, from my mom(thanks Mom). It was her show car for 18 years. completly original except a repaint 10 years ago. Blak on black, T-tops, 4speed, L-82
#3 - Ivan Johnston - 04/18/2012 - 02:55
Since she kept it for 18 years it must have meant a lot to her. Have you thought of keeping it for another 18 years. I believe it just might buy you a nice home to retire in by then and even if it doesn't think of how many times your mother will think about it and what a wonderful gift she was able to give you. Probably hours of personal satisfaction for her. If yu get the money it may just go pretty fast and what will you have to show for it? I do realize that you have the choiceof what to do. If you haven't read Rich Dad Poor Dad please do so and then if you do sell it use the money to start a business or invest in some other way. I believe the book is the best I have ever read to tell me how the rich get their money and are able to keep it.
#4 - Dennis Gergen - 09/22/2012 - 22:33
First Corvette
I just picked up a '78 a couple months ago. All numbers matching, non-molested, and ready for a full re-do. I always liked corvettes and have rebuild a number of other cars over the years, but I'm really looking forward to this. It will always "look" stock (L-48), but may just end up with a few drive train surprises. Cant wait!
#5 - Bill Richard - 09/25/2012 - 21:47
How do I shut off the security system alarm? Please help
#6 - Kim - 07/26/2013 - 15:49
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