For the first time since 1955, no stick shift Corvettes were produced.
Every Corvette had a new type of four-speed automatic transmission with lockup function in every gear except first.
Under the hood was a new kind of 350-cid V-8 with Cross-Fire fuel injection.
Twin throttle-body injectors with computerized metering helped boost horsepower to 200 (10 more than in 1981) and cut emissions at the same time.
This was the first fuel-injected Corvette in nearly two decades.
It had a much different type of fuel-injection system since mini-computerization had arrived.
In the gas tank was a new electric fuel pump.
Externally, the final version of the "big" (Stingray-style) Corvette changed little, but the Collector Edition model displayed quite a few special features, highlighted by a frameless glass lift-up hatch in place of the customary fixed backlight.
Its unique Silver-Beige metallic paint was accented by pin stripes and a "fading shadow" treatment on hood, fenders and doors ... plus distinctive cloisonne emblems.
Special finned wheels were similar to the cast-aluminum wheels that dated back to 1967.
The Collector Edition's removable glass roof panels had special bronze coloring and solar screening.
The model's crossed-flags emblems read "Corvette Collector Edition" around the rim.
Inside was a matching Silver-Beige metallic interior with multi-tone leather seats and door trim.
Even the Collector Edition's hand-sewn leather-wrapped steering wheel kept the theme color and its leather-covered horn button had a cloisonne emblem.
The tires were P255/60R-15 Goodyear SBR WLT Eagle GT
Standard equipment for other Corvettes included
power brakes and steering
P225/70R-15/B SBR tires on steel wheels with center hub and trim rings
front fender louvers
halogen high-beam retractable headlamps
dual remote sport mirrors
The body-color front bumper had a built-in air dam.
Luggage security shade
push-button AM/FM radio
time-delay dome/courtesy lamps
a lighted visor vanity mirror
a leather wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel
a 7,000-rpm tachometer
an analog clock with sweep second hand
a day/night mirror
a trip odometer
Bucket seats could be trimmed in all-cloth or leather options
Standard body colors were
Four two-tones were available
White and Silver
Silver and Charcoal
Silver and Dark Claret
Silver Blue and Dark Blue
Interiors came in Charcoal; Camel; Dark Blue; Dark Red; Silver Beige; Silver Green; and Silver Gray.
The serial number [Vehicle Identification Number -- VIN] was stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.
The Bowling Green Assembly Plant Serial numbers ranged from 1G1AY87*6C5100001 to 1G1AY87*6C512408
General Motors product
Chevrolet Motor Division vehicle
Type of non-passive passenger restraint system
Corvette car line series
6 & 7
Body style number: two-door plainback special coupe
Collector Edition two-door hatchback coupe
5.7-liter Cross-Fire Injection (CFI) Chevrolet V8
A check digit that calculates the characters in the serial number and gives it a single digit code and can be used to verify that the serial number is legitimate
The model year where C = 1982
Bowling Green, KY
100001 and up
Engine serial number began 0001001
Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block just ahead of the cylinder head on the right-hand side combined with a three-letter engine code suffix
Also cast into the top rear of the block is a four-symbol code indicating when the engine was built
The first letter of the date code shows the month the block was cast
The one or two numbers shows the month
The last digit shows the year
Emission Control System
cross-fire fuel injection
Early production L83 350-cid
cross-fire fuel injection
cross-fire fuel injection
The 1982 Corvette exterior colors were:
10 = White
13 = Silver
19 = Black
24 = Silver Blue
26 = Dark Blue
31 = Bright Blue
39 = Charcoal
40 = Silver Green
56 = Gold
59 = Silver Beige
70 = Red
99 = Dark Claret
10/13 = White and Silver
13/39 = Silver and Charcoal
13/99 = Silver and Dark Claret
24/26 = Silver Blue and Dark Blue
Cloth & Leather Upholstery
2-dr. Coupe - 2 passenger
2-dr. Hatch Coupe - 2 passenger
Standard Engine (RPO L83)
V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
Cast iron block
350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke
4.00" x 3.48"
200 @ 4200
285 lb-ft @ 2800
Cross-fire fuel injection (twin TBI - throttle body injection)
Four-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic (TMH 700-R4)
floor-mounted gear shifter
1st = 3.06:1
2nd = 1.63:1
3rd = 1.00:1
4th = 0.70:1
Rev = 2.29:1
Final drive ratio: 2.72:1 (except 2.87:1 with aluminum wheels)
98 inches (2.489 m)
185.3 inches (4.704 m)
69.0 inches (1.753 m)
48.4 inches (1.219 m)
4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
58.7 inches (1.491 m)
59.5 inches (1.511 m)
15 x 8 inches
Tires (Base Corvette)
P225/70R-15 SBR (steel-belted radial)
Tires (Collector Corvette)
P225/60R-15 SBR (steel-belted radial)
recirculating ball (power assisted)
Upper/lower A-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Fully independent with half-shafts, lateral struts, control arms, and transverse leaf springs
Hydraulic, vented four wheel discs; 11.75-inch diameter, single calipers
Separate fiberglass body and box-type ladder frame with cross-members