A super rare and unique 1980 model Corvette. This example has only 8,653 miles and equipped with the 4-speed manual transmission. Seldom ever seen with this combination. Finished in black with black leather interior and in excellent original condition throughout. We acquired this Corvette out of Arizona, but it was originally sold new in Galax Virginia and has been kept inside and out of the elements ever since. One of the nicest 1980 models we have come across in our 30 plus years in the Corvette business. We have only acquired a few 4-speed cars as these models were mostly all automatics. In fact there were only 5,726 manual transmission cars built out of 40,614 total Corvettes built for this model year. The paint, interior, chassis and engine compartment are as clean as any you will find.
When we acquired this Corvette the only non-original items were things such as the tires, battery and exhaust system. The car had a side mounted exhaust system installed, but no real harm was done. We removed that complete system and purchased a set of exhaust manifolds and a complete exhaust system from Volunteer Vettes, and put the car back stock like it should be. The exhaust system is aluminized and will last a long time and does sound good. The car does retain its original numbers matching engine. Most of the components are still correct and original such as the date coded spark plug wires, intake manifold, carburetor, etc. and those new correct exhaust manifolds do have the correct part numbers. The alternator was replaced at one time and some of the smog equipment was removed, but the original smog pump is still intact. We did a nice cosmetic detailing of the engine bay and chassis to bring the car the level it is today. There are visible inspection markings on the chassis and has an excellent frame. The car was definitely not driven in the rain or any inclement weather and stored correctly.
The paint, door fitment, hood alignment, glass and t-top fit is as good as when it was new. The glass is all date coded original and in excellent shape. The original glass t-tops are also in excellent shape with no cracking or scratches on the glass. Weatherstripping is also very good and does not need replacing. The paint shines very well. We had the car detailed by a local professional in the industry that does paint correction and such and has buffed the car out to a mirror like shine and eliminated and swirl marks or scratches. The paint looks amazing for being as old as it is. Also both the front and rear bumpers have no warping in them from being in the sun like most you see. They fit excellent too. Original headlight bulbs still intact and everything works on this car except for the clock. All lights, door buzzer, radio and power antenna, and even the 8-track still operates. The lower front spoiler is not all scuffed up and the emblems and trim all still look fresh. We also installed a brand new set of the correct P255/60R15 GoodYear outlined white lettered tires that were an option in 1980 at a cost of $450 each! These tires really make the look of this Corvette and these 80 models. These tires were actually a $426.16 option back in 1980 and that was alot of money back then. Another thing we also like to do is the wheels. Most and many of these models the aluminum finish on the wheels have deteriorated to the point where they need polished or refurbished. We actually purchase a brand new set of wheels so they have that nice finish and look fresh. There is easily $2,500 in this set of wheels and tires but that is what makes this one stand apart from the others for sale.
The interior on this 1980 model is exceptional. The leather seats are in excellent original condition. This interior on this Corvette is all original including the center console which we usually have to replace. The carpeting is clean and nice and this was a non-smoker vehicle. The leather wrapped steering wheel shows no signs of any wear, all of the gauges and plastic lenses look nice and fresh and the dash assembly looks as if it is new, but is not. We did remove the heater core and replace it with a new correct one and installed new heater hoses. The rear storage compartment still has the original jack and lug wrench as well as the t-top storage bags. We did install a new A/C Delco battery in the car. No modifications whatsoever has been done to the interior. Door panels and the finish on the door jambs still look nice. Even the original carpeted floor mats still are in very good shape with no holes or wear showing. The interior on this one is close to #1 condition.
CHASSIS AND ENGINE COMPARTMENT:
When we installed the new exhaust system we did clean up the shocks and suspension some. It did not need much, just a nice refresh to get it to the level it is now in. We removed the spare tire compartment and washed the original spare tire and wheel as it had never been removed. We cleaned the rear leaf spring and repainted the oil pan. We tried and preserved everything the best we could without overdoing. Another thing that was done was the front spindles and backing plates on the brakes restored and repacked the front wheel bearings. We also replaced the power steering hoses and had to rebuild one of the front brake calipers. The car has been serviced and we try and go over a car like this in case the buyer would like to get out and enjoy the car.
The engine compartment needed very little. The valve covers and intake were giving a fresh coat of paint and the power brake booster was nicely refinished. We cleaned the engine bay with damp cloths and detail products, again without trying to overdue, and preserve and keep that original look that it had when the car was new.
This particular 1980 Corvette listed new for $16,355.40
Serial # 1Z878AS440144
This was the 40,144th Corvette built in 1980 out of 40,614 total built.
Very late production Corvette, built last week of 1980 Production.
Actual build date was Wednesday August 20th, 1980. This was within the last 500 Corvettes built that model year.
Included with this Corvette is the original window sticker, original build sheet, original fuel economy “EPA” label, original sales brochure, assembly manual, owners manual, InstaVin vehicle history report, prior owner history, and several receipts on what has been recently done to this car. We did turn in the title into our business name and the mileage is stated on that Missouri title. I do have copies of the previous title and an odometer statement that came with the car when we purchased it.
AU3 Power Door Locks
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QHX Outlined White Lettered GoodYears P255/60R15
UM2 AM-FM Stereo Radio W/8-Track Tape Player
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
U75 Power Antenna (Original & Working)
OTHER FEATURES INCLUDE:
L-48 5.7 Liter 4-BBL- 350 C.I. V8 Engine
MM4 4-Speed Manual Transmission (Fully Synchronized)
NA5 Standard Emission System
Power 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Twin Remote Control, Body Colored, Sport Mirrors
Anti-Theft Audio Alarm System
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
High Energy Ignition System
Limited Slip Rear Axle
Hydraulic Valve Lifters
Large Diameter Front Stabilizer Bar
Wide 15” x 8” Wheels
Heavy-Gage Frame Structure With Corrosion-Resistant Coating
Power-Operated Retractable Headlights
Tilt/Telescopic Steering Column
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
Color-Keyed Seat And Shoulder Belts
Convenience Group, consists of time-delay dome and courtesy lights, headlight warning buzzer, underhood light, low fuel warning light, color-keyed floor mats, and intermittent windshield wipers
KEY HIGHLIGHTS TO THE 1980 MODEL YEAR:
This model featured new front and rear bumper “caps” with integral spoilers. Radiator air flow increased about fifty-percent. Integrated spoilers improved the drag coefficient from .503 to .443 compared to the 1979 model equipped with optional, non-integrated spoilers.
The 4-Speed manual transmission was not available with the optional L-82 engine, with the possible exception of a few early builds but as far as I know that has never been confirmed.
The cross 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 late 1979 production.
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.
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 the hood and outer doors, and using aluminum for the differential housing and crossmember. For the base L48 engine, the L82’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.