1980 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
1980 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
The C3 Corvette, built between 1968 and 1982, was the third generation of Chevrolet's venerable Corvette sports car. Occasionally seen as polarizing, the C3 garnered both praise and criticism for its radical design, purpose and driving dynamics. Expectations were huge when the model launched. Zora Arkus-Duntov and Billy Mitchell, the second generation C2 Corvette designers, had just built the hugely successful, powerful, and respected Sting Ray Corvette. Even today, the Sting Ray is widely regarded as one of the best Corvette models ever made.
Classic Auto Mall is proud to present this 1980 Corvette. Turning the spotlight on we are met with a beautifully designed and bathed in black body, color matching leather interior, and clean chrome side pipes. We do have to note this car carries a title brand of Reconstructed but we do not have any history as to why.
From the swooping front long racing style hood, to the simple 4 round lighted rear with just a touch of spoiler, this car presents in a respray of the original black all day long. Showing some chips, scratches, and wear in the form of unfinished color sanding and inclusions in the paint, it is not perfect, but still beautifully designed. Hidden headlights up front give it an aerodynamic feel, the chrome side pipes compliment this body style nicely, and for some sun, you can pop off the body-colored panels of the roof. A long and curved greenhouse rear glass covers a large storage area in the rear. Original polished slot style wheels adorn the corners and are wrapped in Cooper raised white letter rubber.
In wonderful 1980's style the overstuffed padded bolster seats with deep inserts and high backs provide the seating for this ride. Some age-based wear and folds are present in the leather of these seats and tears on both upper outboard bolsters have been covered with black tape, some of which is coming loose. These are floating in a sea of black carpeting which has some wear and soiling. A black dash can be seen upfront, and while the raked angle remains for the dash, gauges are now behind a flat piece of clear plastic with some midpoint warning lights stacked next to these gauges. In the center the cluster of 5 gauges remains and just below is an aftermarket stereo neatly inserted which is now digital AM/FM/Cassette capabilities. Temp wheels of the past are now sliders and on the center of the console is a black ball topped chrome shifter and power window controls. A red replacement upper rear section of the console has been installed and seems slightly out of place with all the black. Side door panels are nicely preserved, the rear carpeted storage area under the greenhouse glass shows some sun bleaching
With all this black let's consider the red line that is on the tachometer and to get there under the hood is a 350ci V8 circa 1973 according to the stamping codes. This mill is capable of 145hp based on that stamping, however our consignor states the engine makes 300hp. A single 4-barrel Holley carburetor is atop an Edelbrock intake manifold and shiny valve covers and an air cleaner cover can be seen. Some patina and slight corrosion and surface rust is noted within this engine bay. There is a TH350 3-speed manual transmission bolted to the back of the engine with a 3.07 rear axle in the back.
Very nicely preserved with some patina on the black paint of the undercoating, but all else is unremarkable and structurally sound. For the front suspension we note an independent SLA type which features coil springs, mounted shock absorbers, and spherical joint steering knock pivots. In back is an independent SLA forged aluminum upper and lower control arms and steering knuckle, transverse mono leaf springs, a steel stabilizer bar, and spindle offset. Power disc brakes are on all 4 corners as is power steering.
She fired right up and our date with the test track began. Here it behaved very well with smooth nearly unending acceleration, great handling thanks to all the above geometry, and bias free panic stopping. The leather overstuffed styled seats were nice and comfy. The headlights turned on but did roll up, the power windows didn't work, the power locks were in-operable. Also, during our tour of the engine bay, we noticed that parts of the AC system are missing and the heater core is bypassed.
A lighter, longer hood, better airflow fiberglass sculpted body with the 350ci V8 engine its 1980 in every way. An aged black leather interior, and a few faults in the paint, some mechanical frowns, and a Reconstructed brand on the title make for a great driver quality car that you can still enjoy while you turn a few wrenches.
87-2 Door Coupe
6-350ci V8 L82
S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
440511-Sequential Unit Number
K21-June 21st Build
TRIM 192-Black Leather
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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