The year 1978 was a special one for the Corvette. In addition to marking the 25th anniversary of Chevy’s iconic sports car it also marked the first year that the Corvette was selected to be the pace car for the Indy 500 race. As such, there were two special edition Corvettes made that year, a silver/gray two-tone version to celebrate the 25th, and a black and silver one that had quite a few more unique features in addition to the two-tone paint. Here we have a pristine, “in the wrapper” example that has been properly stored in a climate-controlled environment and driven only 2,771 miles. It is completely original down to the Goodyear “GT Radial” outlined white letter tires. This amazing pace car has been judged by the NCRS and has received a 5 Star "Bowtie" award of excellence. These pace car editions came just one way, fully loaded. In addition to the usual luxury features you could get on any ’78 Corvette, such as A/C, power windows/locks, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and cruise control the pace car had a few unique exterior and interior features detailed below. That sharp color scheme was further accented by alloy wheels that were accented with a red band around the rim edge (which matched the red stripe that separated the black and silver body colors). Inside, the pace cars featured unique bucket seats with more side support as well as silver leather upholstery and extra thick silver carpeting. A choice of an AM/FM/8-Track or AM/FM/CB system was also standard on the pace car. This pace car is the rarest version available, that being one powered by the L48 350 V8 matched to the 4-speed manual gearbox. According to an article in the December 1978 issue of “Vette Vues” magazine, only 70 of the 6,502 Indy pace car editions produced came with this powertrain combination. The engine compartment and underside of this beautiful pace car is as clean as you would expect of a properly-kept, museum-quality example. This time-capsule quality Corvette pace car also comes with all the original paperwork and documentation, including the window sticker and owner’s manual. For more information or to schedule time to see this investment grade Corvette pace car just give us a call at 603-627-5595. Financing is offered through our approved lender, interesting trades are welcome and enclosed shipping can be arranged.
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