1978 Chevrolet Corvette 'Silver Anniversary' Convertible  Chassis no. 1Z87L8S433552 Engine no. V0627CUT185433552

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Lot 351
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 'Silver Anniversary' Convertible
Registration no. WAX 36S Chassis no. 1Z87L8S433552 Engine no. V0627CUT185433552

Sold for £ 11,270 (US$ 14,670) inc. premium
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 'Silver Anniversary' Convertible
Registration no. WAX 36S
Chassis no. 1Z87L8S433552
Engine no. V0627CUT185433552

Footnotes

  • Back in 1953, Chevrolet's launch of a two-seater sports car was a radical departure for a marque hitherto associated almost exclusively with sensible family transport. Based on the EX-122 show car, the Corvette made use of existing GM running gear and a shortened chassis, around which was wrapped striking Harley Earl-styled glassfibre coachwork. Intended as competition for the T-Series MG, the Corvette cost way above the target figure, ending up in Jaguar XK120 territory but with an inferior performance. Sales were sluggish and the Corvette came close to being axed, surviving thanks to Chevrolet's need to compete with Ford's Thunderbird. A V8 engine for 1955 and a radical restyle for '56 consolidated the 'Vette's position in the market, the model going on to become the world's best-selling and longest-lived sports car.
    'America's only true production sports car' celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1978, a year that marked the first major restyle since the commencement of the 'Stingray' era ten years previously. By then, catalytic converters had arrived, the 'Big Block' engines had gone, a steel under-tray had been added and a revised dashboard introduced, while the Corvette roadster had been deleted in the expectation that Federal auto legislation would effectively outlaw convertibles. Gone too was the 'Stingray' name, dropped at the end of the 1976 season. For '78 the fastback roofline of the 1963-67 Sting Ray was reinstated and complemented by a wrap-around rear window. The 'Silver Anniversary' was one of two limited edition models offered, featuring silver metallic paint above the waistline and charcoal grey below as part of a package that included alloy wheels.
    This 'Silver Anniversary' model has the 350ci (5.7-litre) V8 engine and automatic transmission. Reputedly, the car was sold by Anglo-American Auctions Inc on 8th December 1990 described as one of twelve 'Silver Anniversary' models that had undergone a professional transformation from Coupe to Convertible. It passed to the immediately preceding owner three years later and is understood to have been driven only in the dry and kept in a dehumidified garage while in his possession. The current vendor purchased the car at auction in 2007. Forming part of his private collection since then, it benefits from a new carburettor, hood, interior, tyres and side exhaust, and is described as in generally very good condition. Accompanying documentation consists of a quantity of service invoices and expired MoT certificates, Swansea V5 document and MoT to February 2013.
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1978 Chevrolet Corvette 'Silver Anniversary' Convertible  Chassis no. 1Z87L8S433552 Engine no. V0627CUT185433552
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 'Silver Anniversary' Convertible  Chassis no. 1Z87L8S433552 Engine no. V0627CUT185433552
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 'Silver Anniversary' Convertible  Chassis no. 1Z87L8S433552 Engine no. V0627CUT185433552
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 'Silver Anniversary' Convertible  Chassis no. 1Z87L8S433552 Engine no. V0627CUT185433552
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