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1978 Chevrolet Corvette

Special Edition Indy 500 Pace Car





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Vehicle Info

5.7L-L82 350 CU/220hp
Exterior Color
Black Over Silver W/Red Stripe
Interior Color
Platinum Silver
Stock #
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Fuel Economy
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Topline is pleased to offer this highly sought after 1978 Indianapolis 500 Corvette Pace Car. The current owner has owned this car since August of 2007. It has been brought to several car shows parades and car enthusiast gatherings. This car attracts attention everywhere is it seen as most car enthusiasts remember when Chevrolet bought these out in 1978 and have stories about either owning one or dreaming of owning one.Chevrolet made about than 600 with the 4 speed manual transmission matched with the L-82 high performance engine to mirror cars that would Pace the 62nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28 1978. This collector spent two years searching the country for a very clean and operational L-82 4 speed. It is number 4 929 of the 6 502 made.The collector purchased this car with 36 289 miles and the odometer currently shows 41 311 which is believed to be actual miles. The car is believed to have been spent most of its life in Texas as 4 speed cars were not allowed to be sold in California. This Pace car is in excellent condition with the black and silver paints shining in the sun. In addition to the high performance L-82 engine and the 4 Speed transmission this car includes power windows power door locks power brakes power steering T-Tops and an AM/FM radio.Is it time for you to own a piece of Corvette and Indianapolis 500 history? Come check it out for yourself!Background and History:For decades Chevrolet has produced special edition Corvettes to commemorate milestones of the brand to celebrate anniversaries and of course to serve as the official pace car of the Indianapolis 500. While the idea of a Corvette pace car is almost common place today the tradition of using America s Sports Car as an official pace car actually begin in 1978.The 1978 Corvette was significant because it marked the cars 25th anniversary of production. Recognizing the achievement of manufacturing a car for a quarter-century Chevrolet commemorated this accomplishment by introducing two special-edition Corvette that year. The first of these was known as the Silver Anniversary edition Corvette. It featured a two-tone silver over gray exterior with special pin-striping and special 25th Anniversary badging.The second special-edition Corvette was the 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car. This car much like the Silver Anniversary Edition featured a special two-tone paint scheme. Unlike the Silver Anniversary Edition this car came finished in black over a silver metallic and featured a bright red pinstripe between the two-tone paint.The Corvette Indy Pace Car also featured a special front and rear spoiler both of which were designed to add a more dramatic appearance to the car. The front spoiler wrapped under and around the front of the car before blending into the wheel wells. Conversely the rear spoiler curved down at its out-bored ends to meet the body-sides of the Corvette.Like the Silver Anniversary model the Pace Car Replica was actually offered to consumers as an option package - RPO Z78. All of the Pace Car replicas included new glass T-Tops alloy wheels power windows a rear window defogger air conditioning sports mirrors a tilt/telescopic steering wheel a heavy duty battery an AM/FM stereo and power door locks. In addition to these features each Indy Pace Car Corvette replica owner would receive a set of regalia decals that they could install at their discretion. The decal set included the famous winged wheel Indy Speedway logos for the rear fenders as well as large door emblems that read Official Pace Car 62nd Annual Indianapolis 500 Mile Race May 28 1978.The interior of the Corvette Pace Car was directly influenced by Bill Mitchell and featured either full silver leather or leather/gray cloth upholstery and gray carpeting. For the 1978 Pace Car Chevrolet introduced a new thin-shell seat design that featured more lumbar support. Although these seats were originally slated for the 1979 model the development program was accelerated so that these new se

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Topline Auto Inc

San Mateo, CA 94401

(650) 340-9888