Price: US $19,995.00 Item location: Local pick-up only
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Corvette
  • SubModel: Pace Car
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Pace Car
  • Year: 1978
  • Mileage: 71202
  • VIN: 1Z87L8S903357
  • Color: Black
  • Engine size: 350 V8
  • Power options: --
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Interior color: Silver
  • Options: --
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1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car

This car is considered the defining line where the C3 Corvette was no longer just seen as a sports car, and people began to see them for the collector's pieces they are today. This 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car edition has upgraded V8 power, shining paint, and a nice total presentation that makes it a great way to pick up a steady iconic classic for under $20K.

Factory code RPO Z78 radically transformed the Corvette's looks, adding the two-tone black over silver metallic paint job with a bright red pinstripe in between. Then a spoiler was added at each end to really give it an aggressive look. This was such a unique appearance for the Corvette that we're happy to see it looking so well presented on this coupe. It was resprayed later in life, and so you have the correct intricate look, but now a terrific modern clearcoat shine. And we can understand exactly why there would be a big investment in this one. The pace car option more than doubled the price of the cars, and so each one of the rare 6,502 examples were instant classics. The reason why they could command such a high price is because this is such a detailed package. You even see it on the 15-inch alloy wheels that come with the same red stripe, dividing the silver wheels and black tires, just as it does on the paintwork - what a cool touch, right?

The silver leather interior is perfect for this special edition car, and it's one of the truly unique elements of a late C3s. And since this one has averaged around 1,700 miles annually, it has been nicely preserved. The carpets, door panels, and dashboard have all been treated with respect over the years. Pace cars came loaded with just about every option Chevy could add to a Corvette, including power windows, electric rear defogger, sport mirrors, and a sport steering wheel on a tilt column. Plus, this one has nice upgrades like a Clarion AM/FM/CD stereo and provisions for R134a air conditioning. And not only can you take the T-tops out, but the proper storage bags come with the sale, too.

The presentation under the hood looks like a stock machine, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll discover this is a fresher JaSper crate 350 cubic-inch V8 installed only about 10 years ago. It gives you a much more powerful heart (rated at 300+ hp) to fully enjoy this Corvette. And a car like this was truly meant for driving. That's why you have a fully independent suspension and four-wheel power disc brakes. Add in power steering and a three-speed automatic transmission, and this is the classic you'll enjoy driving near or far.

The sale comes with the right paperwork, including the original warranty card, title documentation, owner's manual, and maintenance records. This is a true collector's Corvette that has been given subtle upgrades to shine brighter and driven faster. That makes for an irresistible deal, especially at this affordable price. Call today!!!