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Here is a vintage Corvette that is much more affordable than so many others but is still an exceptional car. We are talking about a 1979 model with the optional L82 engine, rare M21 close-ratio 4-speed transmission (7.5% of production), glass T-tops, air conditioning, Gymkhana suspension, aluminum wheels, power windows, and more. It looks fantastic, is very fun to drive, and has a long maintenance history. Further, this Corvette is exceptionally well documented with a GM invoice, original bill of sale, dealer paperwork, financing records, and receipts dating to the early 80’s.
This C3 has only had two owners and shows 67k miles. Built in St. Louis in March 1979, it was sold new at Adcox-Kirby Chevrolet in Chattanooga, TN and remained with its original owner until 2020. It still looks great in its dark blue metallic paint and glass T-tops (which are etched with the last six digits of the VIN). This one also has the optional D35 sport mirrors and the N90 slotted aluminum wheels with brand new 255/60R15 tires. Everything looks factory stock; no add-on spoilers, badges, luggage rack, or other such items.
Under the hood is the higher performance L82 engine rated at 225hp. Here too everything appears original though the single catalytic converter has been removed and a true dual exhaust installed. The oil pan has been replaced also. The engine starts right up, has a nice idle, and moves this ’79 right along. The M21 close-ratio 4-speed (which was only available with the L82) shifts smoothly through all the gears and really adds to the fun factor of any C3. Additional features include power steering and power 4-wheel disc brakes. The fully independent suspension was factory equipped with the FE7 Gymkhana setup and has four new shock absorbers.
The optional black leather interior appears stock as well. The seats received new foam and upholstery in 2022 so they feel as good as they look. Additional interior options include a tilt / telescoping steering column, power windows, and an electric rear window defogger. The car was also equipped with factory air conditioning that has been converted to R134a. There is also a vintage dealer installed AM/FM/CB radio with a working 8-track tape player! Note the CB antenna has been removed. The headlights, wipers, heater, defroster, horn, turn signals, parking brake, courtesy lights, and power windows all work properly.
There are plenty of C3 Corvettes on the market but not many like this one. Aside from being in remarkable condition, it has a great list of performance options and features that can be hard to find. It also has documentation that you don’t often get with a car from this era. Yet all this is priced less than the dealer mark-up on a C8 Z06, making it a perfect way to join the Corvette club without breaking the bank.
- Air Conditioning
- Power Door Locks
- AM/FM Stereo
- Power Brakes
- Leather Seats
- Power Steering
- Tilt Wheel
- 8-Track Player
- Power Windows
- Rear Window Defroster
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