Chevrolet Corvette C3: Classic Cars

Chevrolet Corvette C3: Classic Cars


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While early models of the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette C3 from the late 1960s and early 1970s have risen significantly over the price range, the late 1970s still offer an opportunity to buy a good C3 for a manageable amount of money. In addition, there is a certain level of maturity of the car, which promises a largely trouble-free operation – even in everyday use. A special treat from this late vintage is the so-called Anniversary Edition from 1978. That year Chevrolet celebrated the 25th anniversary of the legendary American sports car. However, apart from the speed car series, which had 6502 units and was the basis of the Indy 500, there were no small numbers on the market, and therefore all Corvettes built in 1978 could call themselves “Anniversary”. However, there is a small exception – “Silver Anniversary”, built 15,283 times. But even behind this is not an independent model of C3, but a two-color color scheme. Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color Color color color color color color color color color color color ran The colorful gi drops for US$399. Also interesting: Tips for our products on Amazon

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Driving dynamics are designed with the tried and tested Chevy V8 power. In our case, this is a 350 cubic inch or 5733 cm small block, which, fed by a four-barrel Rochester carburetor, produces a modest 180 hp (132 kW) at 4000 rpm. For years, the performance of American V8 engines had declined rapidly against a background of severe emissions restrictions and the dreaded “fuel crisis”. This trend did not stop at the Corvette. Especially with the three-speed automatic transmission, this C3 is not a performance car, as the sporty look still promises. But he is not so weak as to be feared. Several factors ensure a good portion of happy driving in the best sense of the “American way of driving”. Although not blessed with several hundred horsepower, the Chevy V8 proves its power as a torque miracle and a model of torque even at reduced power. It jumps happily from the depths of the rev range at idle speed and allows acceleration out of tight bends. The fact that 180 small horses “spin up”, that is, at a maximum speed of 4000 rpm, start a little more blocked, it is easy to find, at least on the country road.

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This Corvette C3 moves with incredible precision. A well-coordinated power steering with a properly defined center position – and in our case not half the width of a playing hand in the steering gear – is mainly responsible for the driver hitting the intended line. Four disc brakes, which are easy to use and hold up to a sporty ride, make sure you can get there at speed. The suspension and damping are firm, but not stiff, so the C3 is also suitable for long trips. However, whether this should lead to a holiday lasting several weeks seems questionable from the point of view of the unique back-up space. If the two halves of the removable roof of the “T-Roof” are placed inside it in the wonderful summer weather, there is no room left for any large loads. So the C3 is and remains what it was always meant to be as a “Silver Anniversary”: a great driving machine for enthusiasts. C3 owners don’t have to worry about longevity – really. As is well known, the Corvette’s exterior skin is made of durable and corrosion-resistant plastic, which would eliminate unsightly rust holes in the wheel arches. C3 deserves attention in the lower area. Two longitudinal frame members should be checked for external and internal corrosion, as should the axle cross member. A suspension inspection is also recommended as the tuning done to the C3 over the decades varies greatly from car to car. Therefore, when in doubt, you should give preference to a well-preserved copy.

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Chevrolet Corvette C3 specifications

CHEVROLET CORVETTE C3: Facts and figures
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V8 cylinder, installed longitudinally in front; 2-valve; overhead camshaft, chain drive; Carburetion: Rochester quad carburetor; Bore x Stroke: 101.6 x 88.4mm; Displacement: 5733 cm3; Compression: 8.2:1; Performance:
132 kW / 180 hp at 4000 rpm; maximum torque: 380 Nm at 2400 rpm; three-speed automatic; center circuit; rear wheel
body and chassis
Plastic body on a metal frame with two doors; Front suspension: double wish; rear: rigid axle with transverse leaf spring; v./h. Telescopic shock absorber, stabilizer bar; Power steering; Brake: v./r. disc; Tires: v./r. 255/60 HR 15; Wheels: v./r. 8×15
important data
L/W/H: 4660/1770/1230 mm; Wheelbase – 2490 mm; Track width front / rear: 1490/1510 mm; Empty / gross weight: 1630/1900 kg; Tank capacity: 64 l; Construction time: 1978; Amount (Finance A.): 15,283; Price (1978): $9352
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Acceleration: 0 to 100 km / h in 8.4 s; Top speed: 190 km/h; Consumption: about 16 l/100km

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Our conclusion

As a Silver Holiday, the Corvette C3 combines American sports car history with advanced technology, a special two-tone paint job and an anniversary year of 1978. This American sports car legend is now on its way to becoming a sought-after collector. very much in the country. Europe.