What a rare find and a unique color combination in Corvette Red with Oyster Leather Interior. This 1979 Corvette has only 7,036 actual original miles. This is not a misprint. Real low miles and a real original “Survivor” car with all of its original drivetrain, interior, and much of its original paint still in very nice presentable condition. A good friend of ours recently found this car and we had to have it! I have personally driven this car and is as tight and solid as they come. Everything on this car still looks fresh and new with little dust from sitting in a garage for much of its life. We have not given it our final inspection and detail as we usually do, so check back soon for some updated photos as we are planning on giving this car a super nice cosmetic detail to bring it back to just like the day it rolled off the assembly line. We will change the fluids and go through the car so if someone wanted to put a few miles on it and have some fun without any issues. Just an amazing example of another rare low mileage find 1979 Corvette!
The story that we have on this car is the original owner was divorced in 1978 and in 1979 ordered him a new Corvette. He took delivery of this Corvette on April 9th, 1979. The original dealer at which he took delivery of this car was Songer Chevrolet Sales Inc in Catlin, Illinois 61817. The original owner lived in Danville, Illinois at that time and the car has been in the state of Illinois its entire life. The original owner passed away several years later gifting this Corvette to his son whom did title the vehicle in his name. So the car is an actual two owner, but all in the family since it was new. We purchased this car and being a dealer is still titled in the second owners name whom was the son of the original owner. So the car has a real good history and paper trail if anyone was to look into it. Most of these low mileage cars you will see will not have the history nor any documents to back up the said mileage. We do have a odometer statement and a few receipts dated back several years ago listing the miles on the car.
Original documents include the original warranty book with the original owners name and information, original build sheet to the car that was attached to the rear leaf spring, the other original build sheet is still attached to the top of the fuel tank, original owners manual and plastic bag that it came in, original sales brochure, original consumer information brochure, original General Motors Maintenance Brochure, original state of Illinois map, original two different original sunvisor tags that went on each separate sunvisor, all original Citizens Band (CB) owner manual and even the original registration papers to operate the factory CB back in the day, original GM 1979 monthly planner with written down oil changes, window sticker and invoice, original t-top storage bags, original jack and lug wrench, original spare tire and wheel along with the original spare tire lock, original set of keys, some registration papers and service receipts, assembly manual, and the list goes on. Very impressive documents that have been kept with this Corvette since new.
This Corvette has had a few things done recently which include an all new stainless steel exhaust system at a cost of $1,085, new battery, new master cylinder and alternator, and a new washer pump for the windshield wiper motor. Other than that the car is all original and untouched. I do still have the original GoodYear white lettered tires and plan on installing them back onto the car in case someone down the road wanted to pursue Bloomington Gold “Survivor” Judging.
The overall condition of this Corvette is excellent for being 38 years old. The paint has a nice luster and shine with little to no nicks. The front and rear bumpers are still in great condition along with the spoilers, emblems, glass, and trim. All of the glass is original including the glass t-tops which were an option. The fit is overall good for 1979. The interior is simply “Wow”. When you see it in person there is no stains or flaws on the light colored seats, floor mats, and even the plastic console is original in excellent shape. All gauges look crisp and new. Non-smoker vehicle and the ashtray looks like a brand new one and is still original! Even has somewhat of a new car smell and not any old smells from being left in an old barn. The car was definitely cared for and kept in a garage. The engine bay and chassis all still look nice with just some dust and surface rust on things such as the rear leaf spring, front coil springs, and some raw steel parts like the drive shafts and half shafts. This is where we come in and disassemble some of this parts and refinish them like new. We call this a nice cosmetic “refresh” detail to bring the car back to its original state. We don’t try to restore all of these things, but moreless
Try to preserve them the best we can to make them look right and as new. The car underneath does still look very presentable and we will have additional photos of the chassis as we progress.
FEATURES AND OPTIONS INCLUDE:
L-48 5.7L 350 C.I. V8 ENGINE (4-BBL)
M38 3-Speed Automatic Transmission
GV7 3.55 Rear Axle Ratio
F51 Heavy Duty Shocks
K30 Cruise-Master Speed Control
CC1 Removable Glass T-Top Roof Panels
A31 Power Windows
C60 Air Conditioning
D35 Dual Sport Mirrors
D80 Front & Rear Spoilers
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QGR P225/70 R 15 White Lettered Tires
N37 Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
ZX2 Convenience Group
UP6 AM-FM Radio, Stereo With CB & Power Antenna
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
B32 Carpeted Floor Mats
NA5 Standard Emissions System
Paint Code 72 For Exterior: (Corvette Red)
Interior Code 122 For: (Oyster Leather)
VIN # 1Z8789S428856
This was the 28,856th Corvette Built out of a total 53,807 made in 1979.
The actual build date of this Corvette was Tuesday March 27th, 1979.
There was several nice options in this Corvette including the spoilers, glass tops, and the CB radio which was rare and unique. Only 4,483 were built with this radio at an additional cost of $439.00. That alone was an expensive option for back then.
1979 Corvette Facts:
This was the last year to see the 140 mph speedometer as the government mandated 85 mph speedometers were phased in later in 1979 production and all 1980 Corvettes had them.
The new “high back” seat style introduced in the 1978 pace car replicas was made standard equipment in 1979. Extensive use of plastic in the frame structure resulted in weight reduction of about twelve pounds per seat. The new seats had better side bolster support, and the backs folded at a higher point to permit easier rear storage access. Inertia locking mechanisms restrained the backs in sudden deceleration, negating the need for manual locks. Driver and passenger seat tracks were redesigned for an additional inch of forward travel.
The 1979 fuel filler pipe was redesigned to make it more difficult to modify for leaded-fuel access.
Output for both the base L48 and optional L82 engines increased by 5 hp due to a new “open flow” muffler design. Also, adding the L82’s low restriction, dual-snorkel air intake to the base engine added another 5hp.
The front and rear spoilers developed as part of the 1978 pace car package became 1979 options like this car has. The were functional, decreasing drag by about 15% and increasing fuel economy by about a half-mile per gallon. Also, mirror-tint roof panels (RPO CC1), included in the pace car package and optional for late 1978s, were available as 1979 options.
Tungsten-halogen headlight beams were phased into 1979 production early in the production year for increased visibility. These replaced only the high-beam units.
The RPO ZX2 package included dome and courtesy light delay, headlight warning buzzer, underhood light, low fuel warning light, floor mats, intermittent wipers, and right side visor mirror.
Several other nice standard features for the 1979 model include:
The Corvette evolution continues. This year you’ll see improvements in the standard 5.7 Litre 4-Bbl. (350 Cu. In.) V8. A Dual snorkel air intake for the air cleaner, larger diameter “Y” pipe exhaust system with new open flow mufflers improve engine breathing and power output. And response throughout the speed range is improved on Corvettes with automatic transmission through the use of a new, higher numerical 3.55 rear axle ratio. What’s more, when you buy America’s Only True Production Sports Car, most of the special items you want are already standard. As this list of Corvette Standards indicates:
Fiberglass body construction reinforced with a steel substructure.
Delco AM/FM radio, power-operated retractable dual headlights, Removable roof panels, Tinted glass in all windows, Built-in anti-theft audio alarm system, Wide 15 X 8 wheels with steel-belted radial ply tires, Independent suspension, front and rear, Limited-slip differential rear axle, power disc brakes at all four wheels, power steering, 5.7 Litre V8, Choice of Four-Speed manual or automatic transmission, Full instrumentation including speedometer with trip odometer, 0-7000 RPM tachometer, water temperature gage, oil pressure gage, voltmeter, fuel gage, and electric clock, Extensive sound insulation, Sport-styled 4-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel, Aircraft-styled center console, Column-mounted switch that controls turn signals, high and low headlight beams, Instrument panel and roof courtesy lights with automatic door switches, Cut-pile carpeting on floors, sides of tunnel, door sills, and luggage area, Swiveling sun visors, Day/Night inside rearview mirror, Color-keyed seat/shoulder belts, High-back bucket seats with molded full-foam construction, Passenger seat back folds flat on cushion for easier access to rear storage area, Choice of leather or cloth trim on seat inserts, Rear compartment storage wells (one lockable), Luggage space roll shade to conceal luggage, Heavy-gage frame structure with corrosion-resistant coating, High-rise front fenders with functional louvers, Fiberglass inner front fenders, Body-colored, energy absorbing bumpers, Twin bumper guards, front and rear, Concealed windshield wipers with integral washers, Wide outside rearview mirror, High Energy Ignition System, Delcotron generator with solid state regulator, Exhaust Valve Rotators, and the list goes on.
Must see to appreciate. These low mileage cars are far and few between. Great investment grade Corvette that you can still enjoy and drive. These models will continue to increase in value as they are still affordable compared to the earlier vintage models.