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Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Type: Coupe
Year: 1978
Mileage: 12790
VIN: 1Z8748S901526
Color: Black
Engine: L-82
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Gray
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Albany, New York, United States

1978 Chevrolet Corvette INDY PACE CAR Additional Info:

This Car Went Around TheIndianapolis Motor Speedway On 1978!

Black Exterior
Gray Interior
V8 L-82
Automatic Transmission
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The 1978 Indy Pace Car Was One Of The Most Desired Corvettes Of It's Time....

For decades,Chevrolet has produced special edition Corvettes to commemorate milestones of the brand, to celebrate anniversaries and, of course, to serve as the official pace car of the Indianapolis 500.While the idea of a Corvette pace car is almost common place today, the tradition of using"America's Sports Car”as an official pace car actually begin in 1978.

The1978 Corvettewas significant becauseit marked the cars 25th anniversary of production. Recognizing the achievement of manufacturing a car for a quarter-century,Chevroletcommemorated this accomplishment by introducing two special-edition Corvette that year. The first of these was known as the"Silver Anniversary”edition Corvette.It featured a two-tone silver over gray exterior with special pin-striping and special"25th Anniversary”badging.

The second special-edition Corvette was the1978 CorvetteIndy Pace Car.This car, much like the Silver Anniversary Edition, featured a special two-tone paint scheme. Unlike the Silver Anniversary Edition,this car came finished in black over a silver metallic and featured a bright red pinstripe between the two-tone paint.
The Corvette Indy Pace Car also featured a special front and rear spoiler,both of which were designed to add a more dramatic appearance to the car, though neither offered much in the way of additional downforce.The front spoiler was similar to the one installed on the1978 Pontiac Trans Am. It wrapped under and around the front of the car before blending into the wheel wells. Conversely,the rear spoiler curved down at its out-bored ends to meet the body-sides of the Corvette.

When originally introduced as an option,the 1978 Indy Pace Car Replica had a base price of $13,653.21,which was approximately$4,300 more than the base Corvette that same year!Following a front-page article in theWall Street Journal,prices for these limited-edition Corvettes went through the roofas they were quickly snapped up by collectors. The sudden scarcity of these cars combined with their collectibility status tempted some owners of standard1978 Corvettesto try and pass them off as factory Pace Cars.All that was needed was a black or silver car with the right options, access to a paint-booth, moderate skill painting a car and access to someone in a Chevy dealer's parts departmentthat was willing to sell the two spoilers and the special silver cabin trim (though most counterfeiters were either unaware of or would forget about the special seats).

Naturally,the development of a special Corvette Pace Car meant an opportunity forGMto market the design to consumers. Even before the car was officially announced, rumors of a special-edition Pace Car excited enthusiasts and would-be future owners. Chevroletinitially decided that they would produce 2,500 Indy 500 Pace Car replicas -100 cars for each year of Corvette's production since1953.Each of these cars would be sold on a"first come, first serve”basis.

However, asChevroletalready had 6,200 established automobile dealerships at the time,it was quickly decided that a minimum order of 6,200 units should be built so that each showroom could have at least one Pace Car in it.As such, the"Limited Edition Indy Pace Car Replica”Corvette actually accounted for 15 percent of all the1978 Corvettes,with a total of 6,502 Pace Cars produced that year.

978 was the 25th anniversary of Corvette. To celebrate a competely re-designed body was rolled out with new "fastback" styling. The new wrap-around rear window provided much more space behind the seats but was not a hatchback. Access to the storage space is still accessed from behind the seats. All Corvettes this year came with special 25th anniversay badging. A special "Anniversay Edition" included a unique Charcoal Silver/Silver Metallic two-tone paint job for an extra $399. Production of the anniversay edition was not limited and 15,283 Corvettes were eventually sold with this paint. The 1978 Corvette was the pace car for the Indy 500. Chevrolet created a limited edition pace car replica, this option added over $13,000 to the price of the car (more than the base price!). This car has distinctive Black/Silver two-tone paint with a red pin-stripe. Production of the pace car replica was limited to one for every Chevrolet dealership. This amounted to 6,502 pace cars built in 1978. All '78 Corvettes were built with Rochester Q-Jet carburetors.

Production Options and Build Statistics
Total 1978 Corvettes Built - 46,776

Serial numbers: 1Z87x8S400001 to 1Z87x8S440274
The "Vehicle Identification Number" (also VIN or serial number) is stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.
11Chevrolet Division
5LL48 350-cid V8, 175-hp, 4-barrel
HH = L82 350-cid V8, 220-hp, 4-barrel
7SAssembled in St. Louis, MO
8 to 13400001 to 446558production sequence

Engine Serial Number
1978 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number. The date code the engine was manufactured was also cast into the block. The engine serial number includes a production sequence number starting with 0001001 and one of the suffixes below.

CodeEngineHorsepowerCompressionTransmissionFuel SupplyEmissions
CHD350-cid180-hp V-88.5:1AutomaticFour-Barrel CarburetorCalifornia
CKD350-cid180-hp V-88.5:1AutomaticFour-Barrel CarburetorHigh-Altitude
CKZ350-cid180-hp V-88.5:1ManualFour-Barrel Carburetor;
CLA350-cid180-hp V-88.5:1AutomaticFour-Barrel Carburetor;
CLB350-cid180-hp V-88.5:1AutomaticFour-Barrel CarburetorHigh-Altitude
CLC350-cid180-hp V-88.5:1AutomaticFour-Barrel CarburetorCalifornia
CLD350-cid210-hp V-89.0:1ManualFour-Barrel Carburetor;
CLF350-cid210-hp V-89.0:1AutomaticFour-Barrel Carburetor;

The body number plate is located on the engine side of the cowl. The Fisher Body Style Number identifies the model of Corvette.

77-1YZ37 - Corvette Coupe
The body number is the serial number of the body. The trim number represents the color of the interior, the paint color is the exterior paint color.

Production Options
1YZ37Base Coupe$9,351.8940,274
1YZ87/78Limited Edition Pace Car$13,653.216,502
A31Power Windows$13036,931
AU3Power Door Locks$12012,187
B2ZSilver Anniversary Paint (Includes sport striping and two-tone paint treatment)$39915,283
CC1Removable Glass Roof Panels$349972
C49Rear Window Defogger$9530,912
C60Air Conditioning$60537,638
D35Sport Mirrors (LH remote and RH manual)$4038,405
FE7Gymkhana Suspension (Included with ZN1 trailering chassis equipment)$4112,590
G95Optional Rear Axle Ratio$15382
K30Cruise Control$9931,608
L48350ci. 200hp engine$52534,037
L82350ci. 220hp engine$52512,739
M214-spd, Close Ratio Manual Transmission.$0.003,385
MM44-spd, Wide Ratio Manual Transmission$0.004,773
MX1Automatic Transmission$0.0038,614
na2Standard Emissions Equipment$0.00N/A
na6High Altitude Emissions Equipment$33260
N37Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column$17537,858
QBSWhite Letter Steel Belted Radial Tires - P255/60R15$216.3218,296
QGQBlack Wall Steel Belted Radial Tires - P225/70R15$0.00N/A
QGRWhite Letter Steel Belted Radial Tires - P225/70R15$5126,203
UA1Heavy Duty Battery$1828,243
UL5Radio Delete$0.00N/A
UM2AM-FM Radio Stereo w/ 8-track$41920,899
UP6AM-FM Radio Stereo w/ CB$6387,138
U58AM-FM Radio Stereo$28610,189
U69AM-FM Radio$1992,057
U75Power Antenna$4923,069
U81Dual Rear Speakers$4912,340
YF5California Emissions Certification$703,405
YJ8Aluminum Wheels$34028,008
ZN1Trailer Package (Included heavy duty radiator, and FE7 Gymkhana Suspension)$89972
ZX2Convenience Group (Included delay switch for dome, headlight warning buzzer, underhood light, low fuel warning light, interior courtesy lights, color keyed floor mats, intermittent windshield wipers and RH visor vanity mirror.)$8437,222

Color Options for 1978

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Any combination could be ordered.RPOExteriorInteriorProduction
10Classic WhiteB-DB-DBR-LB-O-M-R4,150
13/07Silver AnniversaryB-O-R15,283
26Corvette Light BlueDB1,960
52Corvette YellowB-DBR-O1,243
59Corvette Light BeigeB-DB-DBR-LB-M1,686
72Corvette RedB-LB-O-R2,074
82Corvette MahoganyB-DBR-LB-M-O2,121
83Corvette Dark BlueDB-LB-O2,084
89Corvette Dark BrownDBR-LB-O1,991
Color Codes: B=Black, C=Cloth, DB=Dark Blue, DBR=Dark Brown, L=Leather, LB=Light Beige, M=Mahogany, O=Oyster, R=Red, SV=Silver

Interior Colors

12COyster Cloth2,226
15CSilver Cloth2,606
19CBlack Cloth1,353
29CDark Blue Cloth1,168
49CDark Green Cloth517
59CLight Beige Cloth693
69CDark Brown Cloth564
72CRed Cloth1,221
76CMahogany Cloth763
122Oyster Cloth8,999
152Silver Leather5,703
192Black Leather7,218
292Dark Blue Leather3,207
592Light Beige Leather3,338
692Dark Bown Leather2,449
722Red Leather4,067
762Mahogany Leather2,443

1978 Corvette Specifications
Mechanical Dimensions
Wheelbase98 inches (2.489 m)
Overall length185.2 inches (4.704 m)
Overall width69.0 inches (1.753 m)
Overall height48 inches (1.219 m)
Ground Clearance4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
Front tread58.7 inches (1.491 m)
Rear tread59.5 inches (1.511 m)
TiresP277/70R-15 steel-belted radial
SteeringRecirculating ball
Front suspensionIndependent, unequal-length control arms with ball joints, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Rear suspensionIndependent, trailing link, transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs
BrakesHydraulic, vented four wheel discs 11.75-inch diameter, single calipers
IgnitionHEI electronic
Body constructionSeparate fiberglass body and box-type ladder frame with cross-members
Fuel tank24 US Gal (20 Imp Gal) (91 liters)

Engine Specifications

FeatureBase Engine RPO L48RPO L48RPO L82
TypeV-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
BlockCast Iron
Displacement350 cid (5.7 liters)350 cid (5.7 liters)350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke4.00 x 3.48"4.00 x 3.48"4.00 x 3.48"
Compression ratio8.2:18.2:18.9:1
Brake horsepower185 @ 4000175 @ 4000220 @ 5200
Torque280 lb-ft @ 2400270 lb-ft @ 2400260 lb-ft @ 3600
Main bearingFive
Valve liftersHydraulic
Fuel supplyRochester M4MCRochester M4MC California emissions and high-altitude emissionsRochester M4MC

Today,the1978 CorvetteIndy Pace Car continues to hold its value far better than most other Corvettes from that era. It is not uncommon to see a low-mileage 1978 Pace Car listed for sale with a price tag of $40-50,000! Moreover, it's not uncommon to see individuals, many of whom have probably dreamed of owning one of these beautiful machines for decades, pay that price gladly for the chance to own one of the most desirable Corvette Pace Cars in the brand's 65+ year history.

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