• Powered by the top available RPO L-82 engine
• Four-speed with factory air-conditioning
• Only two owners from new
350 cid RPO L-82 V-8 engine, single Rochester four-barrel carburetor, 220 HP, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms and coil springs, independent rear suspension with half-shafts, lateral struts, radius rods, and single transverse leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 98”
Although the American high-performance car had virtually been legislated out of existence by the mid-1970s, Chevrolet’s Corvette soldiered on and continued as the universal object of desire for committed driving enthusiasts. The third-generation Corvette’s “Mako Shark” show-car-inspired body design, which dated back to the mid-1960s, adapted itself quite readily to the fast-changing times. In particular, the Corvette’s frontal styling, revised in 1973, incorporated a government-mandated five-mph bumper design while retaining the Corvette’s traditionally clean and sleek bodylines. Revision of the Corvette’s tail to a DOT-required impact-type rear bumper followed for 1974 and many other detail changes, particularly to the interior and instrumentation, continued to refine and enhance the Corvette as a comfortable and serious driver’s car by any standard. Sure, horsepower output was down and big-block engines were dropped after 1974, but the Corvette still offered a pair of powerful small-block V-8 engines, in standard L-48 and upgraded L-82 tune, along with performance-oriented rear-axle ratios and suspension options. With their strong torque output and relatively light weight, Corvettes of this era still provided strong performance and thrilling driving dynamics in keeping with the car’s well-established reputation. Corvette styling was further refined for 1978 with the Corvette now featuring a sleek fastback rear-window treatment. Stylistic considerations aside, 1978 most importantly marked the 25th Anniversary year for America’s Sports Car. In celebration, the Corvette was chosen to pace the Indianapolis 500 for what would be the first of many times; notably, the Corvette was the first production-based car chosen to pace the Indianapolis field in stock form.
Predictably, the most desirable Silver Anniversary cars, and Corvettes of the era, to drive and collect remain those ordered with the top available RPO L-82 engine delivering 220 net horsepower and yielding excellent performance. So equipped, the 1978 Corvette had few, if any, peers in North America, being seriously challenged on the street only by the 400-powered Pontiac Trans Am for “fastest production car” honors when new.
This L-82-powered Silver Anniversary Edition Corvette from 1978 is collectible and desirable today, having a quite rare four-speed manual transmission. Of the well over 40,000 cars produced, roughly only 15 percent were so equipped which, coupled with factory air-conditioning, make this example perhaps the most enjoyable combination one could buy. It is very original and runs well, as a car with just 55,000 miles on it should. It recently had a new clutch and fuel pump installed as part of a major tune-up. The air-conditioning works well, as do the power windows and locks. With just two owners from new it's no surprise that the original purchase paperwork comes with the car. Corvettes were built to go fast and this top of the line L-82 four-speed is ready to be driven and enjoyed.
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary L-82 Coupe