This is a very original ’78 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car that needs restoration. Although it needs work, it’s a great project. This is a dry desert car, sold new in Phoenix and then brought to Albuquerque, NM, where it is located now. The car racked up approximately 114,000 miles as a daily driver for a number of years. However, it was never in an accident and retains all its original paint and body panels. The paint is faded and lacquer checked from the desert sun, but it’s not in horrible condition. The interior, on the other hand, has definitely seen better days and needs replacement. Fortunately all the new interior parts are available as reproductions.
The original matching numbers engine does start and run but it has a very loud knock, so it definitely needs a rebuild. The car will need to be trailered. The automatic transmission was just professionally rebuilt. The brakes were recently rebuilt. The tires, although older, have hardly been driven on and are like new with no cracks or dry rot. The car has been stored inside since it was retired from daily driving duties. The car still has its original Pace Car specific wheels and blue glass T-tops with no cracks.
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
See listing: 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car L82 Project Car (from July 16, 2015)