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1978 Corvette 25 Year Anniversary

1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary Edition
1978 Corvette front hood emblem The Corvette was 25 years old in 1978 and the celebration was on. All 1978s featured a commemorative badge (right) on the front nose. A special two tone paint scheme consisting of dark silver on the lower body and light silver above separated by a dark silver stripe was offered. The production quantity was not limited and 15,283 were sold.
1978 Corvette Silver (25th) anniversary


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1978 Corvette - factory photo
1978 Corvette, Official GM Photos.
1978 was a year of significant changes to the C3 Corvette. A new "fastback" design which made for a smoother silhouette and answered criticisms of limited luggage space; owners now had storage similar to the mid-years Corvette coupes. Also like the mid-years coupes, access to the area was through the seats and inconvenient. A hatchback opening would be available in 1982. A retractable cover provided sun protection and security. One drawback to the new design was that the interior would heat up on sunny days, placing increased demands on the air conditioning.

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Price: $15,000
Exterior: Red
Interior: Red and Black
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Location: Hanmer

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A new temporary space saving spare tire enabled the installation of a new 24 gallon (previously 17 gallon) fuel tank, increasing the driving range between fill-ups, a previous Corvette complaint.
1978 Corvette
The interior, which was starting to look dated, was upgraded for 1978. The gauges, while still round, were set in a more squared off area. A glove box replaced the map pockets located in front of the passenger. CB (Citizens Band) radios were a booming fad in 1978 and a AM-FM stereo with CB (RPO UP6; $638.00 - ouch!) was available. One antenna was called on to provide for the AM-FM and CB functions, so its performance was compromised.
1978 Corvette interior
1978 Corvette L82 Hood Emblem
Corvette engine choices had been decreasing since the glory years of the mid year Corvettes and in 1978 it was narrowed down to two choices: The standard base engine which was a 350 cubic inch 185 horsepower unit and the L-82 ($525.00), which was a solid lifter version rated at 220 horsepower. 12,739 or 27.23% were sold.
1978 Corvette Aluminum Wheels YJ8 Right: Aluminum Wheels, RPO YJ8. They were an option starting in 1976 and were available thru 1978. Cost was $340.00 and only four were shipped with each Corvette; the spare was a steel wheel. 28,008 or 59.88% of the total 1978 Corvette production were sold.
1978 Corvette with Silver anniversary paint option

1978 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
Pace Car Replica (included RPO A31, AU3, CC1, C49, C60, D35, N37, QBS, UA1, UM2, U75, U81, YJ8, ZX2 and special seats) 6,502 (13.90%) $13,653.20
A31 Power Windows 36,931 (78.95%) $130.00
AU3 Power Door Locks 12,187 (26.05%) $120.00
B2Z Silver Anniversary Paint 15,283 (32.67%) $399.00
C49 Rear Window Defogger 30,912 (66.09%) $95.00
C60 Air Conditioning 37,638 (80.46%) $605.00
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels 972 (2.08%) $349.00
D35 Sport Mirrors 38,405 (82.10%) $40.00
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension 12,590 (26.92%) $41.00
G95 Optional Rear Axle Ratio 382 (0.82%) $15.00
K30 Cruise Control 31,608 (67.57%) $99.00
L82 350 cu. in. 220hp Engine 12,739 (27.23%) $525.00
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 3,385 (7.24%) n/a
MX1 Automatic Transmission 38,614 (82.55%) n/a
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column 37,858 (80.93%) $175.00
NA6 High Altitude Emission Equipment (Manual transmission and L82 not available) 260 (0.56%) $33.00
QBS White Letter SBR Tires, P255 / 60R15 18,296 (39.11%) $216.32
QGR White Letter SBR Tires, P225 / 70R15 26,203 (56.02%) $51.00
U58 AM-FM Radio, stereo 10,189 (21.78%) $286.00
U69 AM-FM Radio 2,057 (4.40%) $199.00
U75 Power Antenna 23,069 (49.32%) $49.00
U81 Dual Rear Speakers 12,340 (26.38%) $49.00
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery 28,243 (60.38%) $18.00
UM2 AM-FM Radio, stereo with 8-track tape 20,899 (44.68%) $419.00
UP6 AM-FM Radio, stereo with CB 7,138 (15.26%) $638.00
YF5 California Emission Certification (Manual transmission and L82 not available) 3,405 (7.28%) $75.00
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels (4) 28,008 (59.88%) $340.00
ZN1 Trailer Package 972 (2.08%) $89.00
ZX2 Convenience Group 37,222 (79.57%) $84.00

Total Production: 46,776
Coupe: 46,776 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 185 hp engine and wide ratio four speed manual transmission: $9,351.89.
Limited Edition Pace Car Replica Corvette with 350 cu. in. 185 hp engine and wide ratio four speed manual transmission: $13,653.21.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Wheels
10 Classic White 4,150 (8.87%) Black / Dark Blue / Dark Brown / Light Beige / Oyster / Mahogany / Red Silver
13 Silver 3,232 (6.91%) Black / Dark Blue / Mahogany / Red Silver
13/0 Silver Anniversary 15,283 (32.67%) Black / Oyster / Red Alloy
19 Black 4,573 (9.78%) Black / Light Beige / Mahogany / Oyster / Red Silver
19/4 Black / Silver 6,502 (13.90%) Silver Alloy
26 Corvette Light Blue 1,960 (4.19%) Dark Blue Silver
52 Corvette Yellow 1,243 (2.66%) Black / Dark Brown / Oyster Silver
59 Corvette Light Beige 1,686 (3.60%) Black / Dark Blue / Dark Brown / Light Beige / Mahogany Silver
72 Corvette Red 2,074 (4.43%) Black / Light Beige / Oyster / Red Silver
82 Corvette Mahogany 2,121 (4.53%) Black / Dark Brown / Light Beige / Mahogany / Oyster Silver
83 Corvette Dark Blue 2,084 (4.46%) Dark Blue / Light Beige / Oyster Silver
89 Corvette Dark Brown 1,991 (4.26%) Dark Brown / Light Beige / Oyster Silver

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