1978 CORVETTE

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V.I.N. NUMBERS

Position Character Description
1 1 Chevrolet Division
2 Z Corvette
3&4 87 coupe
5 * Engine type where * is replaced by the following
  • L = L48 350-cid V8, 175-hp, 4-barrel
  • H = L82 350-cid V8, 220-hp, 4-barrel
6 8 1978
7 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
8 to 13 400001 to 446558 production sequence
Code Engine Horsepower Compression Transmission Fuel Supply Emission Control System
CHW L48 350-cid 185-hp V-8 8.2:1 manual four-barrel carburetor  
CLM L48 350-cid 185-hp V-8 8.2:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor  
CLR L48 350-cid 175-hp V-8 8.2:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor California
CLS L48 350-cid 175-hp V-8 8.2:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor high-altitude
CMR L82 350-cid 220-hp V-8 8.9:1 manual four-barrel carburetor  
CMS L82 350-cid 220-hp V-8 8.9:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor  
CUT L48 350-cid 185-hp V-8 8.2:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor  
Color Cloth & Leather Upholstery Leather Upholstery
Oyster 12C 122
Silver 15C 152
Black 19C 192
Dark Blue 29C 292
Light Beige 59C 592
Dark Brown 69C 692
Red 72C 722
Mahogany 76C 762

IDENTIFICATION

Model Model No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
1978 Corvette 1Y Z87
2-dr. Sport Coupe - 2 passenger

2-dr. Sport Coupe - 2 passenger

$9446 3401 40,274
1978 Limited Edition 1Y Z87/Z78
2-dr. Sport Coupe - 2 passenger Pace Car

2-dr. Sport Coupe - 2 passenger Pace Car

$13,653 3401 6,502

ENGINE

Feature Standard Engine (RPO L48) Standard Engine (RPO L48) Optional Engine (RPO L82)
TypeV-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
BlockCast iron block
Displacement 350 cid (5.7 liters) 350 cid (5.7 liters) 350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.48" 4.00 x 3.48" 4.00 x 3.48"
Compression ratio 8.2:1 8.2:1 8.9:1
Brake horsepower 185 @ 4000 175 @ 4000 220 @ 5200
Torque 280 lb-ft @ 2400 270 lb-ft @ 2400 260 lb-ft @ 3600
Main bearingfive
Valve liftershydraulic
Fuel supply Rochester M4MC Rochester M4MC California emissions and high-altitude emissions Rochester M4MC

TRANSMISSION

CHASSIS

Feature Coupe
Wheelbase 98 inches (2.489 m)
Overall length 185.2 inches (4.704 m)
Overall width 69.0 inches (1.753 m)
Overall height 48 inches (1.219 m)
Ground Clearance 4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
Front tread 58.7 inches (1.491 m)
Rear tread 59.5 inches (1.511 m)
Tires P277/70R-15 steel-belted radial
Positraction standard
Steering recirculating ball
Front suspension Independent, unequal-length control arms with ball joints, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension Independent, trailing link, transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs
Brakes Hydraulic, vented four wheel discs; 11.75-inch diameter, single calipers
Ignition HEI electronic
Body construction Separate fiberglass body and box-type ladder frame with cross-members
Fuel tank 24 US Gal (20 Imp Gal) (91 liters)

OPTIONS

RPO A31 Electric power windows $130
RPO AU3 Power door locks $120
RPO B2Z Silver Anniversary Paint $399
RPO CC1 Removable glass roof panels $349
RPO C60 Air conditioning $605
RPO D35 Sport mirrors $40
RPO FE7 Gymkhana suspension $41
RPO G95 Positraction axle, optional highway ratio $15
RPO K30 Cruise Control $99
RPO L82 350-cid 210-hp V-8 $525
RPO M21 Four-speed close-ratio manual transmission no cost option
RPO MX1 Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission no cost option
RPO N37 Tilt-telescopic steering column $175
RPO QBS P255/60R-15 White-letter steel-belted radial tires $216.32
RPO QGR P255/70R-15 White-letter steel-belted radial tires $51
RPO UA1 Heavy-duty battery $18
RPO UM2 AM-FM stereo radio with tape system $419
RPO UP6 AM-FM stereo radio with CB system $638
RPO U58 AM-FM stereo radio $286
RPO U69 AM-FM radio $199
RPO U75 Power antenna $49
RPO U81 Dual rear speakers $49
RPO YJ8 Aluminum wheels $340
RPO ZN1 Trailering package $89
RPO ZX2 Convenience group $84

HISTORICAL NOTES

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