Excellent Condition, LOW MILES, 170 Photos, Yellow/Brown, PRICED TO SELL!!

Price: US $14,900.00 Item location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Corvette
  • SubModel: #'s Match, T-Tops
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: #'s Match, T-Tops
  • Doors: 2
  • Year: 1978
  • Mileage: 60055
  • VIN: 1Z87L8S402494
  • Color: Yellow
  • Engine size: V8
  • Power options: Air conditioning, Power windows
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Interior color: Brown
  • Options: Leather seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1978 Chevrolet Corvette #'s Match, T-Tops


Please call Greg directly at 513-200-9226 with any questions about this car.

Seven Hills Motorcars is proud to offer this numbers matching 1978 Corvette in excellent condition with only 60,055 original miles. This Corvette looks stunning, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The car is totally solid with excellent lines and no rust issues. It is finished in the rare and beautiful color combination of Corvette Yellow (52) over Dark Brown Leather (692). This is the correct and original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag pictured in this ad. The correct original colors are particular important on this Corvette as Corvette Yellow was the most rare color for the 1978 model year with the lowest production numbers. Only 1,243 Corvettes were made in yellow for 1978.

Besides the correct paint and trim codes this Corvette has an original "Numbers Matching" engine. Even very detailed parts like the starter, alternator, distributor, carburetor, and all the windows are all correct and original. The last six digits of the VIN, 402494, are stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured in this ad, and the engine is original to the car.

This Corvette is ready to be used and enjoyed. We have this car priced to sell and are offering an excellent opportunity to own a very desirable Corvette at an unbeatable value. One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come as the market on C3 Corvettes is very hot right now and on the rise, especially for a low mileage example like this car.

The car is absolutely loaded with appealing options as one can see in the extensive list of RPO codes in this ad such as the tilt wheel, sport mirrors, CB radio, air conditioning, power brakes, power windows, and YJ8 aluminum wheels. The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title, pictured in this ad, shows the mileage as "Actual." Please peruse all of the photos, video, list of numbers, and other information to get a true sense of how clean and nice this Corvette really is.

As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle. We hand pick each car after careful inspection. Our Corvettes come from owners who expect their car to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did. We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected. Please take the time to scrutinize each picture. We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase. If you have a question about the Corvette, just give us a call.

Model Description

Chevrolet marked Corvette's 25th Anniversary in 1978 with the most extensive redesign of the car since the introduction of the C3 body style in 1968. The new Corvette introduced a large fastback style rear window that drastically increased luggage space in the rear compartment behind the seats. The interior of the 1978 was also significantly redesigned. The speedometer and tachometer were redesigned in a more square and vertical mode. A glove box was added on the passenger side to replace the pocket. The door panels were also completely new and included screw on arm rests to replace the molded style that been the standard since 1965. 1978 Corvettes featured special 25th Anniversary emblems specific to that year.


The Corvette Yellow (52) exterior is in excellent driver condition. As one can see in the photos the finish has a terrific gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. Both doors open and shut nicely. The YJ8 aluminum wheels have a brilliant finish and no major curb rash. The BF Goodrich Radial TA white letter tires have about 90% tread left. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the many photos. There may be some very tiny imperfections around the car that were too small to show up in the photos, but nothing else that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, it is very clean underneath. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire. We have included specific photos of the areas most prone to rust to show how nice this car looks.

Window Date Codes

Please note that ALL of the glass on this Corvette is date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of September 27, 1977 (A27). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.


The Dark Brown Leather interior in this Corvette is in outstanding condition. The seats look excellent with no hole, no split seams, and no excessive wear, just a small amount of wear in the normal spot on the driver's bolster. Please note that these appear to be the original seats and skins, not some cheap aftermarket covers or replacements. The gauge faces are clean and crisp and the lenses are clear. The carpet is also in great condition with no stains, rips, holes. This includes the rear carpet which is often neglected. The dash and console look awesome with no cracks or sun fading. The door panels are in great shape overall. The door pulls are solid and intact. The original CB radio sounds good. Most importantly the dash has never been cut or modified for an aftermarket installation. The jack and jack handle are still with the car, stored correctly behind the passenger seat. The original spare is still with the car and has never been used. This Corvette has never been smoked in; there are no burns marks and no aroma of cigarettes.

Corvette interiors from this era are not known to wear well and the excellent condition of this original interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and attention this car has received throughout its life and another great verification of the very low original mileage.


This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles smooth. It drives great on the road and at highway speeds. In the video below one can observe the car accelerating on the highway up to about 70mph, shifting through all the gears, braking to stoplight, and going through some curves. Please note that there are no vibrations and the car performs quite well overall. The transmission shifts smoothly throughout the power-band. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. The car runs cool and does not overheat. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean and detailed as one can see in the photos.

The CB radio works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, indicators, horn, wipers, power windows, and rear window defogger. Even very detailed items like the interior delay light timer work correctly. The blower works on all speeds and the a/c also works and blows cold. One can observe the a/c compressor clicking on and engaging properly in the video. The vacuum system for the headlights works correctly. The headlights go up quickly, evenly, and with no binding in the mechanism. Also, the headlights go up correctly with either the headlight switch or vacuum override switch. There complete operation form both switches can be viewed in the video. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the T-tops out on a beautiful day.

Overall Condition

Overall, this 1978 Corvette is in excellent driver condition. The low mileage, the very rare and beautiful color combination, and the excellent overall condition make this Corvette particularly desirable and very hard to duplicate. Numbers matching is important in the Corvette market and in Corvette pricing and as one can see this car is very correct. There are photos below of the VIN stamp on the engine block, suffix code, and engine assembly date. This Corvette always gets a ton of attention driving down the road. It is apparent that the vehicle has been well taken care of by its previous owners. The prices of C3 Corvettes have increased considerably over the past several years. They are secure and wise investments for a collector. One could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort.

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

itemnumberdescriptionVIN1Z87L8S402494The first digit, "1," indicated the Chevrolet division of GM. The "Z" is the series, Corvette. The "87" is the body style, 2-door sport coupe. The fifth digit is the engine, L, correct for an L48 car. The sixth digit, "8," indicates the model year, 1978. The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis. The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 2,494th Corvette made for 1978.Body Build DateA27"A" corresponds to September and "27" is the twenty-seventh day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is September 27, 1978.Engine CodeV0919"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant. The "09" is the ninth month of year and the "19" is the ninteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on September 19th, 1978. This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.Suffix CodeCLMThis means the motor was intended for a 1978 L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.Engine VIN Stamp402494The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 402494, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured below, meaning this engine is original to this car.Engine Block Casting Number3970010The engine block has the correct 3970010 casting number for a 1978 Corvette.Engine Block Casting DateI 17 7"I" is September, "17" is the seventeeth day of the month, and "7" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on September 17th, 1977.Intake Manifold Casting Number346249The intake manifold has a correct 346249 casting number.Intake Manifold Casting DateI 17 7"I" is September, "17" is the seventeenth day of the month, and "7" is the last digit of the calendar year so the intake manifold was cast on September 17, 1977.Distributor1103337The distributor is original and correct for an L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1103337 stamping.Distributor Date Code7 H 31The "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "H" denotes August, and "31" is the thirty-first day of the month meaning the distributor was made on August 31st, 1977. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.Alternator1102908The alternator is original and correct for a Corvette with a/c with a 1102908 stamping.Alternator Date Code7 J 18The "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "J" denotes September, and "18" is the eighteenth day of the month meaning the alternator was made on September 18, 1977.Starter1109052The starter is original and correct for a Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1109052 stamping.Starter Date Code7 G 21The "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "G" denotes July, and "21" is the twenty-first day of the month meaning the starter was made on July 21st, 1977.Carburetor17058204The Carburetor is original and correct with a 17058204 stamping.Carburetor Date Code2567The "256" is the 256th day of the year. The "7" is the year, 1977. This mean that the carburetor was made on September 13th, 1977. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.Driver's WindowTG"T" is August and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in August of 1977. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.Passenger WindowUG"U" is July and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in July of 1977. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.WindshieldIG"I" is June and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in June of 1977. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.Rear WindowAG"A" is September and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in September of 1977. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.exterior color code52Yellowinterior color code692Dark Brownrpo codedescription1YZ87Corvette Sport CoupeA31Power WindowsC49Rear Window DefoggerC60Air ConditioningD35Sport MirrorsK30Cruise ControlL48350ci V8 EngineMX1Automatic TransmissionNA5Standard EmissionsN37Tilt-Telescopic Steering ColumnQBS255/60R15 White Letter TiresUP6AM-FM Radio, Stereo with CBVK3License Plate MountYJ8Aluminum WheelsZX2Convenience Group