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Rough Times for California Corvette Fans
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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1980 Corvette Options, Prices
|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|
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.
|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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