1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car 1978 Chevrolet Corvette
Most of us know that the C3 or third generation of Vette was made from 1968-1982 with a wide variety of engine and transmission options to not only try new things but to also abide by the new and upcoming government regulations when it came to safety and fuel economy and throw in a recession with out of control fuel prices....well, you can say that this period of automotive history can be looked at as grim. However, Corvette got a boost when it was asked to be the sponsor or track car at the Indianapolis 500 for 1978. They built 6,502 Pace Car editions for that year. This particular car is 3,115th built, so pretty much center of the production. This particular car has traveled just 380 miles since it was delivered to Lewiston Auto Co. in Lewiston MN which is still to this day a Chevrolet store. In fact, I reached out to the dealer President, Lyle Nienow who not only ordered the car himself which I have a copy of the order he sent to Chevrolet on 1/9/1978 but also still remembers the car as he kept it on his show room floor for about twelve years. At that time he decided to sell the car and it was sold to a Northern Michigan collector with 380 miles on the odometer on 7/11/1990. 1/10 of a mile has been put on the car since from being loaded on to a flat bed to my facility. Yes, the car got covered and put in a garage on the gentlemans property. The car started after a battery, some fresh fluids and fuel. We have not driven the car at all as it should be properly gone through. The brake pedal goes to the floor and the throttle cable is sticky but the car runs very nicely considering. The car has held up well with obvious signs of a 42 year old automobile that has had really no attention thrown at it in the last 30 of those. There are still cob-webs underneath but also is the wax markings from the factory which is always fun to see. The interior is in good condition with some carpet shrinkage which is pretty common in these low mileage cars. Included in the sale is the build sheet, new car warranty information in 1990....Yes, sold as new 12 years after it debuted. This is a one family owned vehicle. I have several promotional items from the dealer like posters, stadium foam seat with poncho, owners manual and other items. This is a time-capsule of a car and belongs in a collection. If you have any specific questions or would like further pictures of something we missed, do not hesitate to call us. Gr Auto Gallery, LLC and our sister company, Wheelz Sales and Leasing Inc. makes every effort to represent each vehicle accurately and with integrity. We also welcome third party inspections when necessary. Although we try to do our very best to be accurate in our description writing we are human and do make mistakes. Unless otherwise noted, All vehicles are sold AS IS, No Warranty Expressed or Implied. All sales final.