1980 CORVETTE

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The 1980 Corvette was more streamlined and lost close to 250 pounds.

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
  • 8 = L48 350-cid V8, 190-hp
  • H = California L48 305-cid V8, 180-hp
  • 6 = L82 350-cid V8, 230-hp, 4-barrel
6 A 1980
7 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
8 to 13 400001 to 440614 production sequence
Code Engine Horsepower Compression Transmission Fuel Supply Emission Control System
ZCA LG4 305-cid 180-hp V-8 8.5:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor California
ZAM L48 350-cid 190-hp V-8 8.2:1 manual four-barrel carburetor  
ZAK L48 350-cid 190-hp V-8 8.2:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor  
ZBC L82 350-cid 230-hp V-8 9.0:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor  
Color Cloth & Leather Upholstery Leather Upholstery
Oyster 12C 122
Dark Blue 29C 292
Doeskin 59C 592
Claret 79C 792
Red   722
Black   192

IDENTIFICATION

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

2-dr. Sport Coupe - 2 passenger

$13,140 3206 40,614

ENGINE

Feature Standard Engine (RPO L48) Standard California Engine (RPO LG4) Optional Engine (RPO L82)
TypeV-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
BlockCast iron block
Displacement 350 cid (5.7 liters) 305 cid (5.0 liters) 350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.48" 3.74 x 3.48" 4.00 x 3.48"
Compression ratio 8.2:1 8.5:1 9.0:1
Brake horsepower 190 @ 4200 180 @ 4200 230 @ 5200
Torque 280 lb-ft @ 2400 255 lb-ft @ 2000 275 lb-ft @ 3600
Main bearingfive
Valve liftershydraulic
Fuel supply Rochester Quadrajet Rochester Quadrajet Rochester Quadrajet

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)
Wheel size 15 x 8 inches
Tires P225/70R-15 SBR (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 $141
RPO CC1 Removable glass roof panels $365
RPO C49 Rear window defogger $102
RPO C60 Air conditioning $635
RPO D35 Sport mirrors $45
RPO FE7 Gymkhana suspension $49
RPO F51 Heavy-duty shock absorbers $33
RPO G95 Highway ratio rear axle $19
RPO K30 Cruise Control $113
RPO L82 350-cid 225-hp V-8 $565
RPO MM4 Four-speed manual transmission no-cost option
RPO M21 Four-speed manual close-ratio transmission no-cost option
RPO MX1 Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission no-cost option
RPO N37 Tilt-telescopic steering column $190
RPO OGR P255/70R-15 Raised-white-letter steel-belted radial tires $54
RPO OBS P255160R-15 White Aramid BR tires $226.20
RPO U58 AM-FM stereo radio $90
RPO UM2 AM-FM stereo radio with 8-track tape system $228
RPO UN3 AM-FM stereo radio with cassette $234
RPO UP6 AM-FM stereo radio with CB system and power antenna $439
RPO U75 Power antenna $52
RPO U81 Dual rear speakers $52
RPO UA1 Heavy-duty battery $21
RPO ZN1 Trailering package $98
RPO ZQ2 Power windows and door locks $272
RPO ZX2 Convenience group $84

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