Bought from son of original owner! #s match, frame off restored.

Only 618 Legendary L-78 Corvette coupes were ever made. 1 owner car almost it's entire life! I bought it from the son of the owner that bought it in 1966. We have a vintage picture of the owner sitting in the car. This is a real, #s matching car. It was frame off restored by a Corvette restoration company in 2005 with the intention of having it judged. The owner never did get around to taking it to any Corvette shows and then he passed away. We spoke to the restorer and he recalls a very clean body and #s matched throughout.

What makes the L-78 legendary: This was the first big block ever put in a Vette. It was a direct decendant from the "mystery 427" race engine. 425 was the highest horsepower GM ever produced in a 396. GM wanted to make sure it could handle it by giving it 4 bolt mains and substatially beefing up the bulkhead over the bearings. They came with a forged crank with chamfered holes for extra oil. The rear main and rod journals were larger. Heavy duty rods with aircraft bolts were used. The heads were redesigned, it is 11:1 compression. Solid lifters were used for high revs. On top is an aluminum high rise with a big Holley carb and a transistorized ignition. Upgrades were also made to the handling and cooling system. The good looking power bulge hood let people know there was something special underneath it.

EXTERIOR: Factory color-Milano Maroon. The fit and finish is excellent. Claimed to have all original body, the restoration shop says it was excellent. I did not see any damage, cracks or problem areas. The gaps around the doors and headlight doors are excellent. The paint is gorgeous, it's polished like glass. The glass is excellent. Weatherstrips were replaced. All the chrome and trim is new or restored. The side pipes look cool and sound even cooler! Dressed up sharp with reproduction gold line tires and knock off wheels.

INTERIOR: Rare maroon color. Overall in excellent shape. The dash pads are excellent the instrumental panel and gauges are mint. It has correct 6500 red line tachometer, quartz movements in the clock. Original Am-Fm radio and optional power antenna work. Steering wheel looks new, center console is very good, original seatbelts are good. Very good upholstery, carpet and headliner. Visors have some wrinkles. Door panels look new. Owner's manual is in the glovebox, jack is in proper location, it has carpeted mats.

ENGINE COMPARTMENT: Legendary 396 making 425 hp and 415 lbs of torque. Back in 1965 this was a big deal, especially in a small Corvette! This is vin # matching, correct casting codes and dates. It is very authentic with it's original components. Stock valve covers, exhaust manifolds and aluminum intake. #s matching carb is included but not on the car. Correct fuel filter and air cleaner. It has upper and lower ignition shielding and braided plug wires. Correct orange overspray on the manifolds, correct deep groove pulleys. Restored, correctly dated alternator. Correct dated radiator, expansion tank and original thermostat housing. Correct GM hoses and clamps. Correct spring clamp battery cables, a new reproduction battery still in the box is included. It has optional power brakes. Everything appears to be proper, correct and clean.

UNDERSIDE: Looking up at the motor it is spotless. It has correct canister type oil filter Original vin # matching Muncie 4-speed. The driveshaft has assembly line markings. Original 4.11 posi dated and coded to this car. The body was off the frame for a complete restoration. The underbody was cleaned down to it's raw fiberglass, no damage or repairs. The chassis was disassembled prepped and painted. The suspension and steering was completely rebuilt or replaced. It has independent suspension front and back. It was the first year for disc brakes on a Corvette and they are at all 4 wheels. The brake system has been completely restored. Lines and hoses were replaced, e-brake assembly is hooked up.

This is one of the all time greatest muscle cars. Stunning good looks of the mid year coupe, a motor that makes thunder out the pipes and a 4-speed to shift through the gears all make this one exciting car! #s matching, rarity and quality makes this a solid investment. It's a win-win.

I, Jay Grams, take pride in personally writing the descriptions for virtually every car for about the last 30 years now. A significant amount of effort goes into fact checking. What I am offering is my professional impression of the vehicle.
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  • L-78 425 hp
  • Power brakes
  • 4 wheel disc
  • 4.11 posi
  • Side exhaust
  • Knock off wheels
  • Gold line tires
  • Power antenna
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