|December 14, 2017 5:24 am||Auction started|
By the late 1970’s, we were deep into the C3 third-generation Corvette (1968 – 1982). As the years grew, so did the size of the Corvette…growing from about 179″ in the C2 to over 185″ by the time the C3 ceased production in 1982. For the C3 generation, Chevrolet placed more emphasis on interior refinements and creature comforts, softer rides and better fuel economy than earlier versions. The first year C3 brought with it the industry’s first t-top roof with removable roof sections and a removable rear window.
In 1970 we would see the first ZR-1 designation for the Corvette. The 1972 MY would be the last time we see true chrome bumpers and the removable rear window. As the oil crisis began to settle in, the C3’s would lose engine options over the next few years and tack on more emissions equipment. By 1975 there were two choices, the L48 350 rated at 165 BHP and the L82 at 205 BHP. The last convertible would be made this year as well, as the general public simply fell out of love with it and opted for the coupe much more often. By the time production of the C3 ended in 1982, approximately 542,741 were sold to the eager public.
Today Second Daily is proud to present this 3-owner 1979 Chevrolet Corvette L48 automatic coupe with only 30k original documented miles. It is fully equipped including power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, sport mirrors, cruise control, tilt-telescoping steering column, AM/FM radio with cassette, power antenna, dual rear speakers, rear window defogger, glass roof panels and the ZX2 convenience group consisting of interior lights, floor mats and warning buzzers.
This heavily optioned C3 comes with some owner records and ~40 service receipts dating back to 1985. There are no known issues, no rust issues, no known accidents and no services needed in the next 5k miles per the seller.
The air conditioner reportedly blows cold and this C3 was always properly maintained and stored through the winters. It is being sold through a Corvette specialist dealer in Florida and has a clear title.
The Classic White (code #10) is reportedly all original and shows very well in the pictures. All of the panel gaps appear factory sized, only some variance can be seen in the opposing flip-up headlight panel gaps potentially. The bumper rubber and chrome all look clean, as do the marker lights and glass. There are some scrapes on the inside of the driver door that can be seen in the pictures. Some minor scraping can be seen on the driver door sill as well. The rubber seal on the driver door shows some signs of wear but the passenger side presents very well. The original 15″ rally wheels are wrapped in Goodyear Eagle ST tires with lots of tread left.
Inside the red vinyl seating presents very well without any signs of unusual or excessive wear. There is a small area on the lower left side driver bolster showing wear that can be seen in the pictures. The carpeting and dash are in great condition with nothing to report. The steering wheel doesn’t show excessive wear. Everything is reportedly working without any issues.
Values have remained relatively flat over the last few years, with prices ranging from $11,000 (decent condition) to $26,000 (restored) depending on condition according to recent sales and Hagerty valuations. Add to that, this one was well optioned with A/C, power windows, tilt/tele steering, and a glass roof. The reserve has been very conservatively set for this low mileage example, therefore making this L48 very attractive to both dealers and collectors.
Onsite inspections are welcomed by the seller. If you would like to arrange for a service such as LemonSquad or some other inspection, Second Daily is happy to cover the cost up to $200 if you end up purchasing this car.
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