Lot 153 - 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Anniversary Pace Car

Lot 153 - 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Anniversary Pace Car

Lot 153 - 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Anniversary Pace Car

Lot Number 153
Registration NFC 632S
Chassis Number 1Z87L8S905748
Engine Number V0421CUT185905748
Odometer reading 28,464 miles
Estimate £20,000 - £26,000
  • Genuine Anniversary Pace Car
  • Believed to be low mileage
  • Supplied with original Indy 500 ticket

Forty years ago, America's sports car was celebrating its 25th birthday and Chevrolet seized the opportunity to throw Corvette fans a party. All 1978 Corvettes received a makeover inside and out as well as special 25th- Anniversary badging. For buyers wanting more, there was a special Silver Anniversary option. For the ultimate '78 Corvette, there was the now-famous Limited Edition: It paced the Indy 500, and copies were sold as pace car replicas to an eager public, hungry for the glory days of Corvette performance. On the outside, for '78, the C3's signature flying buttress rear-window treatment was out, replaced by a swoopy wrap-around rear glass that gave the car a fastback profile. The Corvette's silver anniversary also called for a special paint package known on the option sheet as 25th-Anniversary Paint. This amounted to a two-tone, silver over grey finish with a pinstripes. The big news was a Corvette touted as an instant collectible: the Limited-Edition Corvette Coupé, aka the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replica. It was equipped with standard equipment and sold for a hefty $13,653.2, versus $9,351.89 for a basic model. The package included: two-tone black-over-silver paint, special decals, a rear spoiler and front air deflector, glass roof panels, aluminium wheels, power windows, power door locks, AM/FM stereo with tape deck, lightweight bucket seats, and more. For the first time in Corvette's history, these pace car replicas were given a separate VIN sequence, the eighth digit is ‘9’ versus ‘4’, making it nearly impossible to clone one today.

Al Unser Sr. drank the celebratory milk in Victory Lane at Indy in 1978 but the pace car replica had been winning over Corvette buyers for months. In some cases, buyers were getting a little too excited and dealers a little too possessive. A March 27, 1978, story in The Wall Street Journal, for instance, told of a customer suing his local dealer for refusing to sell him one of the Limited-Edition cars. Chevrolet had built one for each dealer, which meant there was a total production of 6,502 cars built.

This very good example, fitted with three-speed automatic gearbox, was supplied new by Royce’s Garage Inc. Main Street, Hinsdale, New Hampshire to a local man Mr. R Dexter on 16th May 1978. There appears to be another owner before Kendra L Bach from Ohio acquired it in October 2008. The current owner purchased this Corvette in Ohio and imported the car to the UK in June 2021, registering it in October 2021 with the odometer reading 27,833 miles. It is believed that the mileage is correct due to the condition of the original silver interior and the information from the registration documents and papers that come with the car.

Repainted at some point in the US keeping the correct colour scheme of black over silver and has all the correct decals and pin stripping. This Anniversary Pace Car is supplied with a V5 registration document, photocopies of the US title documents and the original silver handbook. The owner has an original ticket from the 1978 Indy 500 which if located will be supplied with the car. The car is being driven to the sale at Bicester from the owners house near the coast in Dorset, which will bring the total mileage driven in the UK to nearly 1000 miles - a true testament to its reliability and overall condition.

Interested parties please note that this car was driven from the South Coast and has developed a fault with the brakes by having air in the system. This would require repairing before using the car.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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