Another rare find on this solid original survivor Corvette.
This 1980 has only 22,283 actual miles and has been in the
Same family for several years. Stunning color combination in
Corvette Red with Matching Red Leather Interior. It is always nice
To still be able to find these types of Corvettes that had been virtually left untouched their entire life. This particular one is mostly all original including the paint and interior with the exception of the mufflers and the catalytic converter was removed many years ago. The body is solid and the fit is very good for this model. The window glass and all trim including the weatherstripping is still very nice and presentable and does not need replacing. The car not only looks like an actual mile car but when you drive it as well it will reassure you in everyway. Even the clock still works along with the original 8-track tape player. As far as I know everything on this Corvette is operable.
The car has had the tires replaced at some point and they all are matching with excellent tread and are GoodYear Eagles, white lettered, P225/70R15’s. The wheels are in good condition with only one showing a few marks on it. The paint is still very good for original as far as I can tell, and there are little to no nicks in the paint or on the front nose. Very pleased with the paint on this one! The front and rear bumpers still have plenty of flex in them and are not cracked. Original headlight bulbs are still intact. All lights, door buzzer all still in working condition.
The interior on this Corvette is exceptional. Little to no wear at all. The seats are not cracked nor have ever had any repairs. They do still look nice and fresh along with the door panels, carpeting, and dash assembly. The instruments and all lenses still look as new. No fading at all. The center console and armrest is in very good condition as well. The rear carpeting and rear storage compartment is also in great shape. T-Top storage bags and original jack is still in its place where it should be. Overall just a very nice example of another rare low mileage find.
Underside of the car is clean and virtually untouched with the exception of those mufflers and catalytic converter. We are in the process of doing some light cleaning and detailing to bring it back to its original “Like New” condition with some cleaning of the tie rod ends and refreshing some of the paint on the oil pan. It does not need much, but we like for our cars to be turned out with nothing needing done. We also service the car and do test drive each one approx 50 to 100 miles to get a feel for car so we can tell our customers just how it does drive down the road.
Features on this 1980 Corvette Include:
L-48 5.7 Liter 350 C.I. V8 Engine (4-BBL)
MX1 Automatic Transmission
FE7 Gymkhana Supension
AU3 Power Door Locks
C49 Electric Rear Window Defogger
K30 Automatic Speed Control
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels
V54 Roof Panel Carrier ( New Option For 1980)
UM2 AM/FM Stereo Radio W/8-Track Tape Player
U75 Power Antenna
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QGR P225/70R-15 White Lettered Tires
NA5 Standard Emission System
83L Exterior Paint Code For Corvette Red
722 Interior Code For Red Leather
This particular Corvette has the very rare and unique V54 option.
The T-Top Roof Panel Carrier. Seldom ever seen as only 3,755 Corvettes had this factory option out of a total 40,614 produced.
This option allows for the t-tops to be placed on the rear of the car for external transport of the t-tops giving you much more rear cargo space behind the seats. It is simple and easy to use. I have shown in these photos before and after installation. It still has all of the brackets and straps that bolt into the body of the car where there are factory pre-drilled holes that do fit flush and smooth with the body of the car. These brackets have small rubbers on the bottom so when attached there will be no harm done to the paint. They simply screw in with your thumb in a matter of minutes. The brackets have set places that the tops fit into giving it a nice snug fit. Then the straps fold over the tops and you can snug them up tight and drive off. Yes you can drive the vehicle around town with them on the car. I would not recommend driving over 60 mph, although it probably would still be ok, but great for around town cruises. I seldom ever get these models of Corvettes with this option.
This corvette also has the original red storage bag that holds all of the brackets for the t-tops. I have never seen one of these as we have owned a few of these models with this option.
Other features that became standard in 1980, but was optional in the prior year of 1979, includes power windows, air conditioning, and the leather wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel. Twin remote body colored sport mirrors, removable t-top roof panels, color-keyed seats and shoulder belts, anti-theft alarm system, power 4-wheel disc brakes are just many of the other standard features that came with the 1980 model Corvette.
This 1980 Corvette was the 26,330th one built on Thursday April 17th, 1980. VIN # 1Z878AS426330
This Corvette was delivered to:
Rex Hays Chevrolet & Oldsmobile, Inc.
M-89 East PO Box 257
Allegan, MI 49010
Documentation includes a copy of the original dealer invoice, window sticker, original owners manual, odometer statement signed by the previous owner along with their information as far as known history, InstaVin vehicle history report showing no accidents or any issues over the years, sales brochure, assembly manual, t-top storage bags and roof panel carrier bag, original instruction sheet on how to install the brackets onto car, original spare tire and wheel, original jack and lug wrench, and other information pertaining to the 1980 Corvette model year.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS TO THE 1980 MODEL YEAR:
This model featured new front and rear bumper “caps” with integral spoilers. Radiator flow increased about fifty-percent. Integrated spoilers improved the drag coefficient from .503 to .443 compared to the 1979 model equipped with the optional, non integrated spoilers.
The crossed flag emblems for 1980 were a new, more elongated design.
The speedometers for 1980 Corvettes read to a maximum of 85 mph, a new federal requirement.
These were phased in during the late 1979 production models.
The rear storage compartments were changed from a three-lid design to a two-lid style in the 1980 model. The battery stayed in a separate compartment behind the driver, but the center and passenger-side compartments were combined with one access door.
When ordering the RPO C49 Electric Rear Window Defogger option like this car has, the UA1 option that was a previous option on the past year models, was included in the price of the car and that option was the heavy duty battery.
After several years of weight increases, the Corvette was lighter in 1980 as engineers trimmed weight by using lower density roof panels, reducing the thickness of hood and outer doors, and using aluminum for the differential housing and crossmember. For the base L-48 engine, the L-82’s aluminum intake manifold became standard.
For improved surface quality, urethane was applied during molding to panels forward of the firewall and to roof panels.
These particular corvette models with low miles are the next fast appreciating ones as they are still affordable and can be driven.