1979 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe for sale 101026957
1979 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
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1979 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe


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Metro Atlanta, GA 30082

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Classic Car Overview


GENERAL BACKGROUND... the 3rd (C3) generation Corvettes essentially brought the famed Mako Shark II concept car to life.  Most notably perhaps, they introduced the first removable “T-Top” panels to a production car, many years after Cord designer Gordon Buehrig invented them for his Tasco prototype. It was in 1979 – as seen on this car – that factory Front and Rear Spoilers were first offered as an option.  All 1979s featured the previous year’s Pace Car seating…as you will also see in this car.

THIS IS A HIGHLY ORIGINAL, LOW-MILEAGE, DOCUMENTED SOUTHERN CAR… It’s hard to find adult-driven 1979s as nice as this!  We do not see any evidence of repainting, and changes have been relatively  limited.  For example, a modern audio system has been installed, as well as a rebuilt Quadrajet Carb – but the originals will be included with the car if desired.  A “Mad Dog” 700R4 4-speed overdrive transmission was installed too.  The new transmission was not compatible with the speedometer/odometer cable so the speedometer/odometer are not working at the moment.  However, a new speedometer cable and gear are pictured and come with the car.

“MAINTAINED” - NOT “RESTORED”  Collectors are increasingly preferring well-maintained vs. restored classics. 100% originality is exceedingly rare, but highly original cars like this are widely sought and treasured when found.

FACTORY OPTIONS… as the original Window Price Sticker will show, the car has 11 desirable extra-cost options – including the more powerful L82 5.7 Liter V8, which was $595 (a lot of $$$ in 1979).  See images for full option details on the showroom sticker.

OVER 100 IMAGES IN SIX IMAGE SETS… This is a great car, and we want you to see it in full detail.  Most of the images will show just how nice the car is…and some others will show you a bit of the patina of age and normal respectful use.  The images are arranged as follows…

·       First Image Set of 23 pictures introduces the car from an overall perspective…serious prospective buyers should also examine Image Sets 2-6. 

·       Image Set #2 shows the document binder included with the car.  It has many original purchase documents, the original showroom window price sticker, and many maintenance receipts. 

·       Image Set #3 shows the Exterior of the car in detail 

·       Image Set #4 shows the Interior in detail 

·       Image Set #5 shows the Engine Compartment 

·       Image Set #6 shows the Undercarriage in detail 

OPERATIONAL REPORT... the car is a pleasure to drive and is definitely an attention getter.  Millennials may not know when it was made – or perhaps even what it is – but they know it is classic and cool!  Contributing to a well-controlled ride, is a rebuilt suspension system.  The Air Conditioner blows cold and was thoroughly serviced in 2013 – including a replaced compressor and conversion to R134. There is an under-hood shutoff for the heater core which helps keep the cabin cooler when no heater is needed.  The power antenna must be raised/lowered manually.  The upgraded/modernized audio system likely has a small electrical “draw” even when the ignition is “off”, so a master cutoff switch has been added near the battery to prevent battery drain when parked.  During the photo-session, the horn, power windows and wipers were all tested and worked.  All gauges were operational…including the clock (though accuracy on these clocks is not what we have on today’s cars).

Overall, a very nice 1979 Corvette that those who have owned these cars in the past will appreciate as one of the better examples they have seen.  Especially if you are a first-time vintage Corvette buyer, please know that these cars were engineered for dynamic looks, great handling, and impressive performance. A smooth and quiet ride was reserved for Cadillacs – not Corvettes.  Today, we get Cadillac comfort and Corvette-like performance on many cars…but back in 1979, cars were engineered completely different and more narrowly focused.

LOCATION:  Cumming, GA (approx. 40 miles from Atlanta)

EXCELLENT INVESTMENT – cars of the 1950s and 1960s are highly coveted. Now, the best of the 1970s cars are coming into focus and collectability – with particular emphasis on performance cars.  This 1979 Corvette is a beautiful example of how Corvette closed that decade, and will enjoy increasing interest in the years to come. 

ODOMETER NOTE...40,497 miles are indicated on the odometer, but it has stopped.  As mentioned earlier in the description, the speedometer cable/gear broke when the upgraded 700R4 was installed (a new cable/gear are included with the car and shown in the images).  Due to the 5-digit design limitations of odometers of this era, it is impossible to know the car's actual mileage with certainty.  However, the indicated mileage is believed to be close to the original mileage…and the current title issued in 2013 states the mileage at 37,611 at that time.

PAYMENT DETAILS:  Payment is due either in CASH, or by Bank to Bank Wire Transfer…NO checks and NO financing. 

IMPORTANT DOCUMENT & FINAL REMARKS:  A Bill of Sale, Georgia Registration document, and Title will be provided to the buyer.  

This Vehicle is sold strictly as-shown and on a final as-is basis without any warranties expressed or implied due to age. Even the very best restored classics will require additional maintenance and service - often without warning.  Therefore, please expect to continue - as the new owner and caretaker of this classic - to perform additional maintenance and repairs.  We hope that you are able to enjoy the car without the need for an immediate repair - but understand that this indeed could be found necessary.  As seasoned collectors know, every time you start (or attempt to start) a classic car is a new experience...it could be a wonderful ride, or a new repair to undertake.  That is the nature of the hobby, and this car (or any classic car) should not be purchased if you are not prepared for this reality. We have presented the car accurately to the best of our ability, but oversights are possible.  Therefore, you are welcome to examine the vehicle in person.  All sales are final.

Finally, we remind you to be sure to review ALL the images and ALL the captions for this classic because - in addition to this description - they relate important information too!



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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Condition
    Documented Southern Car with LOW Mileage in Unusually Nice & Highly Original Condition
  • Mileage
    40,497 miles
  • Engine
    8 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain
  • Transmission
  • Exterior Color
  • Custom Color

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