It’s 1978 and you are with your Pops on the bleachers watching the 62nd Indy 500. You watch as one of your dream cars, the Chevrolet Corvette C3 leads the way as a pace car, with its black and silver color scheme. Shortly you watch as the legendary Al Unser cross the checkered flag to his third Indy victory. A 1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3 is what lead the way, and to distinguish it from the rest of the Corvettes, the VIN had the number “9” as the eighth digit. In our catalogue we have such a car, a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette pace car reported to be all original and with just 11,000 original miles on the clock, and available in Florida!
This 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car is bedecked in the official 62nd Indy 500 pace car colors, black over silver metallic and features a bright red pinstripe between the two-tone paint along with the front and rear spoilers. It sits on a set of deep-dish alloy wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich tires for that extra grip. The interior is furnished in a matching silver and gray color scheme, along with the specially designed seats and the 3-spoke tilt steering wheel. The speedometer and tachometer proudly peer out from behind the steering wheel. The center console features a cluster of 5 dials with the original AM/FM radio and of course the A/C controls. Just below the gear lever, a special plaque with the “25th ANNIVERSARY Corvette LIMITED EDITION” etched on it. Power windows, rear window defogger, sports mirrors, and power lock doors are standard on this special edition car. Full leather adorns the seats along with gray carpeting with the Corvette logo. A glass T-top and bag come with the car.
This 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car comes equipped with the 350 ci (5.7L) small-block V8. Whilst mated to a 4-speed manual transmission which transferred to the rear wheels, this Corvette was endowed with 185hp of power thanks in part to Rochester four-barrel Quadrajet carburetors. Stopping power is courtesy of all wheel disk brakes. 0-60 mph was clocked in at 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 127 mph.
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