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1978 Corvette Silver Anniversary Pace Car- The First Glassback Corvette

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1978 Corvette Pace Car

6502 examples of the special edition 25th anniversary pace car model painted in black and silver-gray were produced in 1978.

Photo courtesy of GM

Year(s) Made:

1978

Engine & Transmission:

All engines were 350 cubic inches, with the base L-48 engine rated at 185 horsepower (except in California, which got 175 horsepower) and the upgrade L-84 engine rated at 220 horsepower.The engines in this era were burdened with emissions reduction equipment - this was the era of smog pumps with catalytic converters, which Chevy implemented by joining the exhaust into a single tube, passing through the catalyst, and then re-splitting the exhausts at the rear of the car. This bottleneck is somewhat responsible for the low horsepower numbers.

Transmission options included a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic.

Model Notes:

1978 was the 25th anniversary year for the Corvette.

This was the first year of the "glass-back" styling with a large class window covering the trunk area.

1978 Corvettes are worth a bit more than their fin-back predecessors from 1975-1977.

6502 examples of the special edition 25th anniversary pace car model painted in black and silver-gray were produced in 1978.

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