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Rough Times for California Corvette Fans

1980 Corvette engine options - California

1980 was not a good year for Corvette buyers living in California. They were restricted to one engine choice, a 305 cu in. motor that was common to the other Chevrolet models that year. There was also only one available transmission - an automatic - no four speeds allowed. This was the result of the state's tougher emissions regulations. Automatic transmission equipped cars are easier to pass emissions certification since pushing in the clutch on a manual transmission causes a blip in the pollution output. This is not a problem with smooth shifting automatic transmissions which are equipped with torque convertors instead of clutches.

The 305 cu. in. motor that California buyers were stuck with was rated at 180 hp, 10 hp less than the 350 cu. in. motor available in the other 49 states. A $50.00 credit was some consolation, but Corvettes sold to California residents came with the California emissions certification option; RPO YF5 for $250.00.

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Corvettes, which had been slowly gaining weight, went on a diet for 1980. Lightened roof panels, an aluminum differential housing and crossmember along with a thinner hood, windshield, frame and door panels all contributed to the cause. Federal government regulations entered a new era of absurdity with the requirement of a speedometer limited to 85 mph. There was no limitation to the top speed of the Corvette.

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New bumper caps for both ends were featured in 1980, and they included integral spoilers. They were similar to the 1979 and (pace car replica) 1978 spoilers but without the seam they offered a neater appearance. Radiator airflow was improved with the new design.

1980 Corvette For Sale

1980 Red Corvette 4spd
Price: $14,999
Exterior: Red
Interior: Oyster
Miles: 99,000
Location: Martinsburg

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Numbers matching, 99,000 original miles, L48/350, 4spd, A/C, nice mostly original red paint, nice original oyster leather interior, power steering, power brakes, power windows, tilt & tele steering column, dual adjustable sport mirrors, rear window defogger, polished alloy wheels, power antenna, Kenwood AM/FM/Cassette player, dual rear speakers, gymkhana suspension, and much more! This corvette just had a set of hooker header side pipes installed, hurst shifter, and a chrome underhood dressup kit (more)

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1980 Corvette (Brochure Scan)

1980 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
AU3 Power Door Locks 32,692 (80.49%) $140.00
C49 Rear Window Defogger 36,589 (90.09%) $109.00
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels 19,695 (48.49%) $391.00
F51 Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers 1,695 (4.17%) $35.00
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension 9,907 (24.39%) $55.00
K30 Cruise Control 30,821 (75.89%) $123.00
L82 350 cu. in. 230hp Engine 5,069 (12.48%) $595.00
LG4 305ci, 180hp Engine (required in California) 3,221 (7.93%) n/a
MM4 4-Speed Manual Transmission 5,726 (14.10%) n/a
MX1 Automatic Transmission 34,838 (85.78%) n/a
N90 Aluminum Wheels (4) 34,128 (84.03%) $407.00
QGB White Letter SBR Tires, P225 / 70R15 26,208 (64.53%) $62.00
QXH White Letter SBR Tires, P255 / 60R15 13,140 (32.35%) $426.16
U58 AM-FM Radio, stereo 6,138 (15.11%) $46.00
U75 Power Antenna 32,863 (80.92%) $56.00
U81 Dual Rear Speakers 36,650 (90.24%) $52.00
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery 1,337 (3.29%) $22.00
UL5 Radio Delete 201 (0.49%) n/a
UM2 AM-FM Radio, stereo with 8-track 15,708 (38.68%) $155.00
UN3 AM-FM Radio, stereo with cassette 15,148 (37.30%) $168.00
UP6 AM-FM Radio, stereo with CB 2,434 (5.99%) $391.00
V54 Roof Panel Carrier 3,755 (9.25%) $125.00
YF5 California Emission Certification 3,221 (7.93%) $250.00
ZN1 Trailer Package 796 (1.96%) $105.00

Total Production: 40,614
Coupe: 40,614 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 190 hp engine: $13,140.24. Price went up a number of times during the year and settled at $14,345.24. Manual or automatic transmission was a no-cost buyers choice. California buyers got a 305 cu. in. 180 hp engine and a $50 credit.


Code Exterior Quantity Interior Wheels
10 White 7,780 (19.16%) Black / Claret / Dark Blue / Doeskin / Oyster / Red Silver
13 Silver 4,341 (10.69%) Black / Claret / Dark Blue / Oyster / Red Silver
19 Black 7,250 (17.85%) Black / Doeskin / Oyster / Red Silver
28 Dark Blue 4,135 (10.18%) Black / Dark Blue / Doeskin / Oyster / Red Silver
47 Dark Brown 2,300 (5.66%) Black / Doeskin / Oyster Silver
52 Yellow 2,077 (5.11%) Black / Oyster Silver
58 Dark Green 844 (2.08%) Black / Doeskin / Oyster Silver
59 Frost Beige 3,070 (7.56%) Black / Claret / Dark Blue / Doeskin / Oyster Silver
76 Dark Claret 3,451 (8.50%) Black / Claret / Doeskin / Oyster Silver
83 Red 5,714 (14.07%) Black / Doeskin / Oyster / Red Silver

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