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« on: February 16, 2012, 05:26:53 PM »

1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE, L48, AUTO, AIR, TARGA TOPS, 25TH ANNIVERSARY





Up for sale I have a beautiful 1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3 imported by myself from California in original condition. Vehicle was built and sold in late 78 but is designated a 1979 as the model year.

This is a 25th Anniversary 1953-1978. All 1978 Corvettes had the 25th Anniversary emblem on the bonnet. The vehicle has a smooth shifting Auto and is an L48 350 V8 with the twin removable targa roofs. The car appears to be in absolutely stock standard non modified condition and the only extras we can see is a non genuine (not connected) stereo and Alloy Wheels. It was built in the St Louis Plant.

The car has been recently repainted in its factory original colour of Beige Frost (Paint Code 59L).   The very recent paint job although possibly a 24 hour one looks bright and shiny from all angles. In fact it is one of the better cheaper paint jobs that I have seen. The interior is deadstock original although seats have been retrimmed in Velour.

The car is over 30 years old and thus can be registered in every state of Australia as a Left Hand Drive Vehicle.

The car appears mechanically good with a sweet sounding super reliable engine which starts without hesitation and does not overheat. Looks like a new radiator has been recently added. The auto shifts real nice. A wheel alignment would be a good idea. All suspension rubbers appears original and would be due for a replacement.

Some other general information about the car:

Paint as previously described is a new respray and is very presentable and shiny for cruising now

Interior vinyl a bit stained in places, seats have a couple of spots on them and carpet presents well. Gauges appear to work but tacho and speedo seem to give incorrect reading. Hand brake needs adjusting. Plastics a bit pitted and scratched and auto shift boot is ripped and worn.

The air conditioner works but is currently degassed due to import restrictions.

Headlights move automatically up and down perfectly.

The windows wind up and down well and the auto door locks work fine.

The car is fitted with a set of polished alloy wheels.

The targa tops come on and off well.

The car starts immediately and drives with no hesitancy.

The power disk brakes work well but pull to the right under heavy braking.

Rubbers are perished in many places and a rubber kit would improve the car. Some minor trim parts are missing such as shroud that targa top fits into on pasenger side.

Blinkers not working so will probably need a flasher can. Neither is horn, not sure of problem.  This car with a good service and a bit of fine tuning will easily be worth a lot more than this price.


Car is stored in Kenthurst Sydney NSW and can be seen by phoning Anthony on 0413 658 486.

Im sure it will be the one of the cheapest running C3 Corvettes in Australia.

Car is for sale on alternate site and will be removed if sold there.

Car is on Historic plates being over 30 years old and we can help you register in your name with NSW club rego including club membership for an additional $90. NB please research the RTA website for what club membership permits you to do with the car.

Redbook Valuation Private Price Guide: $14,900.00 - $20,100.00

MORE PHOTOS HERE

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Starting Bid on Ebay $13,500.00 ( No reserve)

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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012, 04:01:40 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012, 05:32:54 PM »
the ripples in the back bumper area,  are a  negative
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012, 09:15:39 AM »
Needs a fan shroud is running a bit hot

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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012, 02:33:48 PM »
needs to return club plates to RTA before the car is sold:drag::drag:

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2012, 02:45:10 PM »
I do like the wheels

A lot  of the later C3`s for sale in Aus , with asking prices way   more than this one are no better  in condition.
May be the asking price on this is some where near realistic.

A photo may be worth a 1000 words but it can hide a 1000 problems
One would need to have a good look over any  car you are interested in.
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2012, 08:09:12 PM »
Hi Guys, thanks for the comments. yes the car does need a bit of tidying up, hence the low start price. Recommend an inspection and test drive before bidding. Have talked to a few guys in our club who have paid around $20,000.00 for something that ended up being not much better than this. Good luck.

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2012, 12:12:33 PM »
We all know that buying the car is only part of the cost involved
After purchase you will need
Lights and wiring set up to Australian standards about $2000.00
Seat belts changed   $300.00 to $400.00  fitted yourself
In the old system engineers report post 72 model $1200.00 to $2000.00
Weight bridge certificate
Blue slip $128.00
You may need to fit new  tires for ADR reasons  $ ?
Depending on the vehicle you may need to fit a Speedo that reads in km/h   $ ?
Anything thing else you find needing doing,
You will spend some where around $5k to $7k and may be more.
 
Then there is the time frame and what dollar value is that rated at
And off course there is  the rego  its self

Putting an imported car on the road will eat up considerable time and money
after going through this myself a few times
I firmly believe that buying a registered car in the state you live in , would be a better way to go .
They are out there at prices from $ 17500.00 up

A registered car makes sense ( to Me ) especially if you can not or do not want to do the required work you self.
And remember a 30 plus year old car will require work
Imported or with rego  It will need work.

If you buy a car that needs considerable work out side the basic then you will need considerable funding and time.
Most of you who may read this will already know these pit falls
I write this for those who are contemplating  getting into a corvette.

The Queensland club has a good article on this subject worth  reading

I purchased a car that is similar to the one above here in NSW  last year at a similar cost
I did all of the above and more .
With no regrets
I have to say we enjoy the ride
In the end its not really all about the money.  
Bfit
 
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