Freshly Restored: 1979 Chevrolet Corvette L82/4-Speed

October 26, 2022 Update: The high bid of $4,100 did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $16,000, so we’ve moved this Corvette to our Rides Still Available page.  Once registered and logged in to bid, you can click on the green “Buy Now” button to buy the car.

Guys With Rides is excited to offer Lot 153, a restored and lightly modified 1979 Chevrolet Corvette L82/4-Speed, in an online, reserve-style auction format on behalf of the current caretaker.

Bidding opened Wednesday, October 12, 2022, and continues for fourteen (14) consecutive days ending at 5:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

This 1979 Chevrolet Corvette L82/4-Speed is part of a collection in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area.

If you have questions about this restored C3 Corvette before then, please comment below or call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.

(NOTE: Click on the picture to stop the slide show and expand the pictures. Scroll down to see all photographs)

The Deets

Year: 1979
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette L82
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Mileage: 75,000 (PA Exempt)
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Red Leather
Engine: 225 HP 350 cu in L82 V8
Transmission: M21 Close Ratio 4-Speed Manual
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel: Gas

Current High Bid: $4,100

Following all of the changes and buzz around the 25th Anniversary and Pace Car Replicas in 1978, the 26th edition of the Corvette marks 1979 as a year of refinement.  The highback bucket seats, introduced with the Limited Edition in mid-1978, became standard.  The new standard bucket seats include a high pivot point that allows the seat back to fold down level with the luggage area load floor. This makes access to the luggage area easier, and the folded seat back on the passenger side can be used as an extension of the load floor.
New options for 1979 include heavy-duty shock absorbers for better ride control, high-intensity high-beam headlamps, an illuminated visor mirror, and an AM/FM stereo radio with a cassette player. Mid-1978 addition to the options list of transparent roof panels, power door locks, and dual rear stereo radio speakers are continued for 1979.
The base L48 5.7 liter received a new dual snorkel air cleaner that helped increase the horsepower of the base L48 engine to 195 horsepower (the optional L82 V8’s output remained at 225 horsepower). Also aiding engine output was a larger diameter “Y” pipe behind the emissions converter and new open-flow mufflers to reduce exhaust gas back pressure. Cold engine operation is improved with the trapped vacuum spark advance system, and drivability is enhanced with a new exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system.

The seller reports their C3 originally came from the factory as a black over tan L82/4-Speed example.  In addition to a fresh ten-month-old repaint in black on an accident-free body, the previous owner elected to do a full interior color change to red.  The car’s L82 350 cubic inch small block has been bored and rebuilt to displace 366 cubic inches.  Here are receipts documenting the rebuild:

Other key new items include a fresh clutch, new brakes, and interior components.  The seller notes that while the factory A/C is present, the previous owner removed the compressor belt, leaving the system inoperable.  Additionally, while the car currently features a non-working aftermarket Jensen AM/FM/Cassette radio, the installer did not cut the dashboard during the installation.

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1 Comment
  1. Freshly Restored: 1979 Chevrolet Corvette L82/4-Speed

    Why show a video of just the dashborad. I want to see the rest of the car


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