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1979 Chevrolet Corvette C3 T-top Coupe
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1979 Corvette Specs

Body Specs

Wheelbase 98.0 inches
Overhand (Front) 42.4 inches
Overhang (Rear) 44.8 inches
Front Track 58.7 inches
Rear Track 59.5 inches
Length 185.2 inches
Front Fender Overall Width 69.0 inches
Rear Fender Overall Width 68.8 inches
Ground Clearance
Differential to Ground
5.7 inches
Ground Clearance
Front Suspension to Ground
6.6 inches
Ground Clearance
Front Bumper to Ground
10.8 inches
Ground Clearance
Exhaust System to Ground
5.5 inches
Ground Clearance
Rear Bumper to Ground
11.8 inches
Ground Clearance
Oil Pan to Ground
5.5 inches
Ground Clearance
Flywheel Housing to Ground
5.5 inches
Ground Clearance
Rear Axle to Ground
5.7 inches
Ground Clearance
Fuel Tank to Ground
16.4 inches
Minimum Ground Clearance 4.3 inches
(Measured at Catalytic Converter)
Overall Height 48.0 inches
Rocker Panel to Ground (Front) 8.0 inches
Rocker Panel to Ground (Rear) 7.6 inches
Luggage Capacity 8.4 Cubic Feet
Cowl Height 36.4 inches
Windshield Slope Angle 57.0°
Effective Head Room 36.2 inches
Shoulder Room 47.5 inches
Hip Room 49.9 inches
Tire Size P225/70R15
Recommended Tire Inflation 35 PSI Front; 35 PSI Rear
Wheels, Regular Production Size: 15 x 8
Synchronization All Forward Gears
Turbo Hydra-Matic (Automatic) Transmission 1st Gear 2.52:1
2nd Gear 1.52:1
3rd Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 1.93:1
Four Speed M20 Transmission
Base L48, L82 Engine
1st Gear 2.43:1
2nd Gear 1.61:1
3rd Gear 1.23:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.35:1
Close Ratio Four Speed
M21 Transmission
L82 Engine
1st Gear 2.43:1
2nd Gear 1.61:1
3rd Gear 1.23:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.35:1
Transmission Lubricant Type GL-5 Gear Lubricant
80W or 80W-90
Lubricant Capacity Four Speed Manual: 3 Quarts
Differential Lubricant Type GL-5
SAE 80W-90
Differential Lubricant Capacity 3.75 pints
Axle Ratio 195 Horsepower Base Engine
Four Speed Manual
3.36:1
195 Horsepower Base Engine
Automatic
3.55:1
225 Horsepower L82 Engine
Four Speed Manual
3.36:1, 3.70:1
225 Horsepower L82 Engine
Automatic
3.55:1
Transmission Synchromesh All Four Gears
Standard Fuel Tank Capacity 23.7 Gallons
Wheel Turns 2.92
Turning Diameters 37.0 feet (Curb to Curb)
38.6 feet (Wall to Wall)


EPA Fuel Economy

49 State 13 mpg
California 13 mpg


Weight

Model 19437 Sport Coupe (Curb)
Front: 1,659 lb.
Rear: 1,844 lb.
Total: 3,503 lb.
(Shipping)
Front: 1,689 lb.
Rear: 1,685 lb.
Total: 3,374 lb.
Curb Weight: The calculated weight of a vehicle with standard equipment, only as designed with the additional load of oils, lubes, coolants and fuel filled to capacity.
Shipping Weight: Same as base curb weight except 3 gallons of gasoline.

Power to Weight Ratio
195 Horsepower Standard L48 Engine, Four Speed Transmission:
3,801 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 19.49
195 Horsepower Standard L48 Engine, Automatic Transmission:
3,818 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 19.58
225 Horsepower L82 Engine
Four Speed Transmission:
3,808 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 16.92
225 Horsepower L82 Engine
Automatic Transmission:
3,825 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 17.00

Weight Differentials
Air Conditioning (RPO C60) +54 lb. (With Standard L48 Engine)
(+41 lb. Front; +13 lb. Rear)
+58 lb. (With L82 Engine)
(+46 lb. Front; +12 lb. Rear)
Power Windows (RPO A31) +4 lb.
(+2 lb. Front; +2 lb. Rear)
L82 Engine +7 lb.
(+3 lb. Front; +4 lb. Rear)
+24 lb.
With Automatic Transmission
Standard L48 Engine
With Turbo Hydra Matic Transmission
+17 lb.
(+10 lb. Front; +7 lb. Rear)
Four Speed Close Ration Transmission (RPO N37) -14 lb.
(-9 lb. Front; -5 lb. Rear)
Tilt / Telescopic Steering Wheel
(RPO N37)
+7 lb.
(+4 lb. Front; +3 lb. Rear)
Gymkhana Suspension
(RPO FE7)
+5 lb.
(+5 lb. Front; +0 lb. Rear)
Radio, AM/FM Stereophonic
(RPO U58)
+10 lb.
(+6 lb. Front; +4 lb. Rear)
Radio, AM/FM Stereo With CB
(RPO UP6)
+10 lb.
(+6 lb. Front; +4 lb. Rear)
Radio, AM/FM Stereophonic
With Tape Player(8-Track)
(RPO UM2)
+13 lb.
(+7 lb. Front; +6 lb. Rear)
Radio, AM/FM Stereophonic
With Tape Player (Cassette)
(RPO UN3)
+12 lb.
(+7 lb. Front; +5 lb. Rear)
Heavy Duty Battery
(RPO UA1)
+5 lb.
(+0 lb. Front; +5 lb. Rear)
Power Antenna
(RPO U75)
+4 lb.
(+0 lb. Front; +4 lb. Rear)
Aluminum Wheels
(RPO N90)
-34 lb.
(-17 lb. Front; -17 lb. Rear)
Glass Roof Panels
(RPO CC1)
+14 lb.
(+5 lb. Front; +9 lb. Rear)
Spoilers, Front / Rear +17 lb.
Speaker, Auxiliary
(RPO U81)
+3 lb.
Operating Convenience Package
Power Windows, Door Locks
(RPO ZQ2)
+9 lb.
Convenience Package
(RPO ZX2)
+7 lb.
Speed and Cruise Control
(RPO K30)
+5 lb.
Defogger, Rear Window
(RPO C49)
+1 lb.


Engine Specs

Type: V8
Valve Location: In Head
Bore / Stroke: 4.00" / 3.48" (Standard, L82)
Displacement: Standard, L82 Engines: 350 Cubic Inches
(5.7 Liters)
Compression Ratio: 8.2:1 (Standard Engine)
8.9:1 (L82 Engine)
Cylinder Head Material: High Chrome Cast Alloy Iron
Cylinder Block Material: Cast Alloy Iron
Oil Pump Type: Gear
Normal Oil Pressure 32 - 40 psi @ 2,000 RPM
Oil Pressure Gauge Electrical
Crankcase Oil Capacity, Standard, L82 Engines 4.0 Quarts, Less Filter
4.5 Quarts, With Filter Change
Recommended Oil Grade Above 20°F: SAE 20W-20, SAE 10W-30, 10W-40
20W-40, 20W-50
0°F to 60°F: SAE 10W, 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40
Below 20°F: SAE 5W-20, 5W-30
Fuel Filter Mesh Strainer
Fuel Pump Mechanical
Fuel Pressure 7.5 - 9.0 PSI
Cooling System Capacity 21.6 Quarts (Manual Transmission)
20.7 Quarts (Automatic Transmission)
Thermostat Type Pellet
Radiator Cap Relief Pressure 15 PSI
Battery 12 volt - 3,500 Watts
Heavy Duty (RPO UA1)
12 volt - 4,000 Watts
Thermostat Opening 192° - 198° F
Fully Opened at 227°

Brakes
Type Caliper Disc, Four Wheel Hydraulic
Gross Lining Area 43.15 Square Inches
Swept Area 249.14 Square Inches
Disc Vented

Horsepower
Standard Engine (350 cubic inch) 195 hp @ 4,000 RPM;
Torque: 285 lb-ft @ 3,200 RPM
California
195 hp @ 4,000 RPM;
Torque: 280 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM
RPO L82 (350 cubic inch) 225 hp @ 5,200 RPM;
Torque: 270 lb-ft. @ 3,600 RPM

Ignition System
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance Distributor | 1103353 | Base Engine
Manual Transmission
Start: 0° @ 1,100 RPM
Intermediate: 12° @ 1,600 RPM
Maximum: 22° @ 4,600 RPM
Distributor | 1103302 | Base Engine
Automatic Transmission
Start: 0° @ 1,100 RPM
Intermediate: 12° @ 1,600 RPM
Maximum: 22° @ 4,600 RPM
Distributor | 1103285 | Base Engine
California, Automatic Only
Start: 0° @ 1,200 RPM
Intermediate: 12° @ 2,000 RPM
Maximum: 22° @ 4,200 RPM
Distributor | 1103291 | L82 Engine
Start: 0° @ 1,200 RPM
Intermediate: 13° @ 1,600 RPM
Maximum: 16° @ 2,000 RPM
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance Distributor | 1103353 | Base Engine
Start: 0° @ 4 inches Hg
Maximum: 20° @ 10 inches Hg
Distributor | 1103302 | Base Engine
Start: 0° @ 6 inches Hg
Maximum: 15° 12 inches Hg
Distributor | 1103285
California, Automatic Only
Start: 0° @ 4 inches Hg
Maximum: 10° @ 8 inches Hg
Distributor | 1103291 | L82 Engine
Start: 0° @ 4 inches Hg
Maximum: 10° @ 8 inches Hg
Initial Timing Base Engine
6° BTC - Manual Transmission
Base Engine
6° BTC - Automatic Transmission
Base Engine | Above 4,000 ft. Altitude, California Spec
8° BTC - Automatic Transmission
Distributor | 1103291 | L82 Engine
12° BTC @ 900 RPM - Manual Transmission
12° BTC @ 700 RPM - Automatic Transmission
Spark Plug AC Spark Plug
R45TS
Spark Plug Torque 25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Thread 14 mm.
Spark Plug Gap .045 inch
Firing Order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
Idle Standard Engine, Manual Transmission:
700 RPM (In Neutral)
Standard Engine, Automatic Transmission:
500 RPM (In Drive)
L82 Engine, Manual Transmission:
900 RPM (In Neutral)
L82 Engine, Automatic Transmission:
700 RPM (In Drive)

1979 Corvette Options

RPO Description Production Price
A31 Power Windows 20,631 (38.34%) $141.00
AU3 Power Door Locks 9,054 (16.83%) $131.00
C49 Rear Window Defogger 41,587 (77.29%) $102.00
C60 Air Conditioning 47,136 (87.60%) $635.00
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels 14,480 (26.91%) $365.00
D35 Sport Mirrors 48,211 (89.60%) $45.00
D80 Spoilers, front and Rear 6,853 (12.74%) $265.00
F51 Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers 2,164 (4.02%) $33.00
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension 12,321 (22.90%) $49.00
G95 Optional Rear Axle Ratio 428 (0.80%) $19.00
K30 Cruise Control 34,445 (64.02%) $113.00
L82 350 cu. in. 225hp Engine 14,516 (26.98%) $565.00
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 4,062 (7.55%) n/a
MX1 Automatic Transmission 41,454 (77.04%) n/a
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column 47,463 (88.21%) $190.00
N90 Aluminum Wheels (4) 33,741 (62.71%) $380.00
NA6 High Altitude Emission Equipment (Manual transmission and L82 not available) 56 (0.10%) $35.00
QBS White Letter SBR Tires, P255 / 60R15 17,920 (33.30%) $226.20
QGR White Letter SBR Tires, P225 / 70R15 29,603 (55.02%) $54.00
U58 AM-FM Radio, stereo 9,256 (17.20%) $90.00
U75 Power Antenna 35,730 (66.40%) $52.00
U81 Dual Rear Speakers 37,754 (70.17%) $52.00
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery 3,405 (6.33%) $21.00
UM2 AM-FM Radio, stereo with 8-track 21,435 (39.84%) $228.00
UN3 AM-FM Radio, stereo with cassette 12,110 (22.51%) $234.00
UP6 AM-FM Radio, stereo with CB 4,483 (8.33%) $439.00
YF5 California Emission Certification (Manual transmission and L82 not available) 3,798 (7.06%) $83.00
ZN1 Trailer Package 1,001 (1.86%) $98.00
ZQ2 Power Windows and Door Locks 28,465 (52.90%) $272.00
ZX2 Convenience Group 41,530 (77.18%) $94.00

Total Production: 53,807
Coupe: 53,807 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 195 hp engine and four speed manual transmission: $10,220.23. Base price and some options increased during the year.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Wheels
10 Classic White 8,629 (16.04%) Black / Dark Blue / Dark Green / Light Beige / Oyster / Red Silver
13 Silver 7,331 (13.62%) Black / Dark Blue / Dark Green / Oyster / Red Silver
19 Black 10,465 (19.45%) Black / Light Beige / Oyster / Red Silver
28 Corvette Light Blue 3,203 (5.95%) Black / Dark Blue / Oyster Silver
52 Corvette Yellow 2,357 (4.38%) Black / Light Beige / Oyster Silver
58 Corvette Dark Green 2,426 (4.51%) Black / Dark Green / Light Beige / Oyster Silver
59 Corvette Light Beige 2,951 (5.48%) Black / Dark Blue / Dark Green / Light Beige / Red Silver
72 Corvette Red 6,707 (12.46%) Black / Light Beige / Oyster / Red Silver
82 Corvette Dark Brown 4,053 (7.53%) Black / Light Beige / Oyster Silver
83 Corvette Dark Blue 5,670 (10.54%) Black / Dark Blue / Light Beige / Oyster / Red Silver


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