We recently purchased this 1979 Corvette from an 83 year old gentleman that only drove it on fair weather days. It was something that he had always wanted, but had realized it was not practical for him anymore to have and that he had a grandson that would want to start driving it, so it was time to sell. The car had been somewhat restored before he had purchased the car with new paint and interior and some mechanical things. When we bought the car it was presentable, but the car had alot of potential to take it to the next level. And that is what we did. The paint job was overall done nicely. We did have it polished and buffed out to a show shine look. The body is nice and original with no cracking on the fiberglass nor on those original urethane bumpers which are still in great shape. We did replace the tail lights, new parking grill assemblies, brand new aluminum wheels from Corvette America, removed the hood and detailed the underside, new exhaust system from catalytic converter back, new power steering control valve and hoses, new heater core and heater valve along with new hoses, rebuilt original water pump, serviced the car, and lightly detailed the chassis. The frame and underbody is nice with no rust or heavy pitting, floors look nice and the spare tire compartment as cleaned as well. We refreshed the oil pan and replaced the tie rod ends and had the car realigned. Not perfect but very nice and presentable for the age. The interior was cleaned and some things refreshed such as a new center console and sill plates. The leather seats have been replaced along with the carpeting and look good. The door panels, dash assembly, instruments and leather wrapped steering wheel are originals and still look very good. Gauges do function and even the factory optional cruise control still works. The radio has been changed out at one time with a nice Alpine single disc cd player with new speakers. The rear storage compartment behind the seats has also been restored and looks nice and fresh. Original seatbelts still intact and are also in great shape. Overall the car is a nice #2 condition with minimal wear showing. This Corvette is an excellent entry level one that can be driven but also displayed at shows or cruise-in events as it does look nice and presentable. The tires are newer ones and are raised white lettered P225/70R-15. All matching with plenty of tread life left and are “like new”. The original spare tire and wheel are still underneath the car and the jack and lug wrench with the t-top storage bags are still in the compartment behind the passenger seat. The windshield wipers and headlights all work and function properly. We also replaced some of the weatherstrips around the windshield and t-top areas. This Corvette was originally a red one with black interior.
This Corvette has been in Missouri much of its entire life.
Sold new at:
Gene Cable Chevrolet Inc.
1834 South Noland
Independence Missouri 64055
Included with the sale of this Corvette is a copy of the original dealer invoice dated September 19th, 1978 for a total retail price of $12,439.23, original build sheet to this car removed from the top side of the fuel tank also known as the “tank sticker”, owners manual original sales brochure, window sticker, previous owner history, InstaVin History Report, and several receipts from what we have spent on the car. All of this paperwork is put into a nice three ring binder and included with the sale of this vehicle. We also still have the original spark plugs which we removed and installed new A/C Delco ones. That alone will tell you that the miles on this Corvette are real.
FEATURES AND OPTIONS INCLUDE:
L-48 5.7L 350 C.I. V8 ENGINE (4-BBL)
MX1 3-Speed Automatic Transmission
ZQ2 Power Windows And Door Locks
C49 Electric Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
K30 Cruise-Master Speed Control
D35 Dual Sport Mirrors
D80 Front & Rear Spoilers
N90 Aluminum Wheels (Brand New)
QGR P225/70 R 15 White Lettered Tires
N37 Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
ZX2 Convenience Group
AM/FM Alpine Stereo Radio W/CD Player (Upgraded From Original)
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
U75 Power Antenna
NA5 Standard Emissions System
Paint Code 72 For Exterior: (Corvette Red)
Interior Code 192 For: (Black Leather)
VIN # 1Z8789S402923
This was the 2,923rd Corvette Built out of a total 53,807 made in 1979.
The actual build date of this Corvette was Tuesday September 19th, 1978.
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.
1979 Corvette T-Top Sport Coupe
Red with Black Interior, Sold new
In Independence Missouri and has been in the state of Missouri Ever since. L-48 automatic with nice options such as the spoilers. New wheels just installed and the a/c converted to R134.
Stock # 497
Rating # 2+