Chevrolet Corvette Service Repair Manuals


1979 CORVETTE

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The 1979 Corvette sales catalog declared "The Corvette evolution continues."

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, 195-hp, 4-barrel
  • 4 = L82 350-cid V8, 225-hp, 4-barrel
6 9 1979
7 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
8 to 13 400001 to 453807 production sequence
Code Engine Horsepower Compression Transmission Fuel Supply Emission Control System
ZAA L48 350-cid early production 195-hp V-8 8.2:1 manual four-barrel carburetor  
ZAB L48 350-cid early production 195-hp V-8 8.2:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor  
ZAC L48 350-cid early production 195-hp V-8 8.2:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor California
ZAD L48 350-cid 195-hp V-8 8.2:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor high-altitude
ZAF L48 350-cid 195-hp V-8 8.2:1 manual four-barrel carburetor  
ZAH L48 350-cid 195-hp V-8 8.2:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor  
ZBB L48 350-cid 225-hp V-8 8.2:1 automatic four-barrel carburetor  
Color Cloth & Leather Upholstery Leather Upholstery
Oyster 12C 122
Dark Blue 29C 292
Dark Green 49C 492
Light Beige 59C 592
Red   722

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

$10,220 3372 53,807

ENGINE

Feature 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)
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.48" 4.00 x 3.48"
Compression ratio 8.2:1 8.9:1
Brake horsepower 195 @ 4000 225 @ 5200
Torque 285 lb-ft @ 3200 270 lb-ft @ 3600
Main bearingfive
Valve liftershydraulic
Fuel supply Rochester M4MC 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)
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 QGR P255/70R-15 Raised-white-letter steel-belted radial tires $54
RPO QBS P255/60R-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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