Numbers Match, EXCELLENT CONDITION, Low Miles, LOADED, Priced to Sell!!

Price: US $16,900.00 Item location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Corvette
  • SubModel: 4-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: 4-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Doors: 2
  • Year: 1980
  • Mileage: 74190
  • VIN: 1Z878AS440185
  • Color: Brown
  • Engine size: 350ci
  • Power options: Air conditioning, Power windows
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Interior color: Black
  • Options: CD player
  • Vehicle Title: Clean
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1980 Chevrolet Corvette 4-Speed Manual Transmission


Please call Matt directly at 513-708-1468 with any questions about this car.

Seven Hills Motorcars is proud to offer this beautiful numbers matching 1980 Corvette in excellent condition with a 4-Speed manual transmission and only 74,185 original miles. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The 4-Speed manual transmission is exceptionally rare in a late C3 Corvette. The manual transmission examples are highly desirable and draw a good premium over a standard 1980 Corvette with an automatic transmission. The Copper over Black Leather interior is a beautiful and unique color combination that looks stunning on the car.

This Corvette is "Numbers Matching" meaning the engine and transmission in the car are the correct and original units that were installed in the car new at the factory in 1980. The last six digits of the VIN, 440185, are stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured in this ad, and the engine is original to the car. The transmission is also original with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the main case and pictured.

This is an excellent opportunity to own a classic Corvette that is ready to be used and enjoyed 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 the 1980 and 1981 Corvettes is strong right now and on the rise. In our experience the 1980 and 1981 model years draw a good premium over other late C3 Corvettes; this is especially true for very low mileage and manual transmission examples like this car. The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title, pictured in this ad, showing the mileage as "Actual." Please peruse all of the photos, the extensive list of numbers, video, and information to get a true sense of how nice, clean, and original 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.


The Copper exterior is in excellent nice 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 N90 aluminum wheels are in beautiful condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The General raised white letter tires are literally brand new with less than 20 miles on them. They are correctly sized 225/70R15. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There are some small touch ups, very tiny blemishes, and hairline cracks that were too small to show up in the pictures, but nothing that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away. This Corvette has absolutely no rust issues. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, this car is exceptionally clean underneath. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire and we have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield, which are the two most notorious spots for rust on a C3 Corvette. We have included specific photos of the areas most prone to rust to show how nice this car looks.

Please note that almost all of the glass on this Corvette, both pieces of door glass and the rear window are all date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of August 18, 1980 (K18). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.


The Black Leather interior in this Corvette is in outstanding condition. The seats are in excellent shape and look as good in person as they do in the photos with just one small spot of wear in the typical area on the bolster where the driver gets in and out. The gauge faces are crisp and clean and the lenses are clear. The carpet is also in great condition with no stains, holes, or tears. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The dash and console look great with no cracks or sun fading. The door panels are in nice shape overall and the door pull are solid and in tact. The jack and jack handle are still with the car, stored correctly behind the passenger seat. The original spare is still with the car. 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 interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and attention this car has received throughout its life and another great verification of the low original mileage.


This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles well. It drives great and feels nice on the road and at highway speeds. In the video in this ad 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 or strange noises and the car performs quite well overall. The transmission was just completely rebuilt this year. The clutch feels good. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. 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 horn works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, wipers, power windows, and indicators. The blower for the heater and a/c works on all speeds. The a/c itself works and blows cold. One can see the a/c compressor clicking on and engaging properly in the video. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock. The vacuum system for the headlights works correctly. Also, the headlights go up properly with either the headlight switch or vacuum override switch. Their complete operation from both switches can be viewed in the video below. The car now has a true dual exhaust system with no catalytic converter and a very healthy exhaust note as one can hear in the video. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the 4-speed manual transmission and the T-tops out on a beautiful day.

Overall Condition

Overall, this 1980 Corvette is in magnificent driver condition. The 4-Speed manual transmission, the low original mileage, and the excellent overall condition make this car especially important and hard to duplicate. 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. 4-Speed examples like this car always draw a premium over the automatic transmission cars. 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.

itemnumberdescriptionVIN1Z878AS440185The 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, 8, correct for an L48 car. The sixth digit, "A," indicates the model year, 1980. The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis. The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 40,185th Corvette made for 1980.Body Build DateK18"K" corresponds to August and "18" is the eighteenth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is August 18, 1980.Engine CodeV0717"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant. The "07" is the seventh month of year and the "17" is the seventeenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on July 17th, 1980. This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.Suffix CodeZAMThis means the motor was intended for a 1980 L48 Corvette with a manual transmission, which is correct for this car.Engine VIN Stamp440185The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 440185, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured below, meaning this engine is original to this car.Engine Block Casting Number14010207The engine block has the correct 14010207 casting number for a 1980 Corvette.Engine Block Casting DateF 1 20"F" is June, "12" is the twelvth day of the month, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on June 12th, 1980.Intake Manifold Casting Number14014432The intake manifold has a correct 14014432 casting number.Distributor1103287The distributor is original and correct for an L48 Corvette with a manual transmission with a 1103287 stamping.Transmission Casting Number13-04-065-903The main case of the transmission has a 13-04-065-903 casting number.Transmission Tail Housing Casting Number13-04-066-905The tail housing of the transmission has a 13-04-066-905 casting number.Transmission Side Cover Casting Number13-04-097-901The side cover of the transmission has a 13-04-097-901 casting number.Transmission Date CodeWH050The transmission has the correct date code of WH050 stamped on the main case of the transmission.Transmission VIN Stamping440185The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 440185, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.Clutch Housing464697The clutch housing has the correct 464697 stamping.Carburetor17080207The Carburetor is correct and original for a 1980 Corvette with 17080207 stamped on the housing.Carburetor Date Code3449The "344" is the 344th day of the year since January 1st of 1979, and the "9" is the last digit of the calendar year 1979, meaning the carburetor was made on December 10th, 1979.Left Exhaust Manifold Casting Number3932481The exhaust manifold is correct and original with a 3932481 stamping.Right Exhaust Manifold Casting Number3932481The exhaust manifold is correct and original with a 3932481 stamping.Driver's WindowVJ"V" is December and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in December of 1978. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.Passenger WindowXZ"X" is February and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in February of 1980. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.Rear WindowUZ"U" is July and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in July of 1980. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.rpo codedescription1YY87Corvette Sport CoupeA31Power WindowsC49Rear Window DefoggerC60Air ConditioningD35Sport MirrorsL81350ci V8 EngineMM44-Speed Manual TransmissionN90Aluminum WheelsQXH255/60R15 White Letter TiresUN3AM-FM Radio, Stereo, with CassetteU75Power Antenna