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1978 Corvette Production and Performance Numbers


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Model Year Highlights

  • The 1978 model featured a new "fastback" rear styling which consisted of a large rear glass window and much more luggage space behind the seats.
  • Chevrolet celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Corvette with a special silver anniversary Corvette which featured a special two tone silver paint job. This special paint consisted of a light toned silver on the top half of the car and a darker silver on the lower half. This was separated by a silver striping. Aluminum wheels and sport mirrors were part of the option and production was not limited.
  • All 1978 Corvettes came with special 25th anniversary emblems.
  • The Corvette was chosen to pace this year's Indy 500. As a result, Chevrolet produced a special limited edition Pace Car replica which featured their own vehicle identification numbers, and a special black and silver two paint scheme and red striping. Chevrolet built one for each Chevrolet dealer thus yielding a total of 6,502 as published by Chevrolet.

  • Available Options
    RPO Description Price Production
    1YZ37 Base Coupe $9,351.89 40,274
    1YZ87/78 Limited Edition Pace Car $13,653.21 6,502
    6AJ Front Spring - Left Hand NA NA
    7AJ Front Spring - Right Hand NA NA
    A31 Power Windows $130 36,931
    A51 Bucket Seats NA NA
    AU3 Power Door Locks $120 12,187
    B2Z Silver Anniversary Paint (Includes sport striping and two-tone paint treatment) $399 15,283
    B32 Floor Mats NA NA
    CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels $349 972
    CD4 Pulse with Wipers NA NA
    C49 Rear Window Defogger $95 30,912
    C60 Air Conditioning $605 37,638
    C94 Del-Dome Lamp NA NA
    D1B Speedo Gear NA NA
    D34 VI Van. Mirror NA NA
    D35 Sport Mirrors (LH remote and RH manual) $40 38,405
    D75 Air Deflector NA NA
    D80 R. Panel Ext. NA NA
    D84 Two-Tone Paint NA NA
    D88 Sport Stripe NA NA
    DL6 Pace Car Decl. NA NA
    E5Z Less Adapter NA NA
    E6E Sleeve-Speedo NA NA
    E9Z Less Key-Spdo. NA NA
    FE7 Gymkhana Suspension (Included with ZN1 trailering chassis equipment) $41 12,590
    G95 Optional Rear Axle Ratio $15 382
    GS4 3.70 Axle NA NA
    K30 Cruise Control $99 31,608
    L48 350ci. 200hp engine $525 34,037
    L82 350ci. 220hp engine $525 12,739
    M21 4-spd, Close Ratio Manual Transmission. $0.00 3,385
    MM4 4-spd, Wide Ratio Manual Transmission $0.00 4,773
    MX1 Automatic Transmission $0.00 38,614
    NA2 Standard Emissions Equipment $0.00 NA
    NA6 High Altitude Emissions Equipment $33 260
    N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column $175 37,858
    QBS White Letter Steel Belted Radial Tires - P255/60R15 $216.32 18,296
    QGQ Black Wall Steel Belted Radial Tires - P225/70R15 $0.00 NA
    QGR White Letter Steel Belted Radial Tires - P225/70R15 $51 26,203
    T63 Headlamp Warning NA NA
    UA1 Heavy Duty Battery $18 28,243
    UL5 Radio Delete $0.00 NA
    UM2 AM-FM Radio Stereo w/ 8-track $419 20,899
    UP6 AM-FM Radio Stereo w/ CB $638 7,138
    U26 Lamp - Engine Compartment NA NA
    U41 Low Fuel Indicator NA NA
    U58 AM-FM Radio Stereo $286 10,189
    U69 AM-FM Radio $199 2,057
    U75 Power Antenna $49 23,069
    U81 Dual Rear Speakers $49 12,340
    VK3 License Plate Mnt. Bracket NA NA
    YF5 California Emissions Certification $70 3,405
    YJ8 Aluminum Wheels $340 28,008
    YK6 Proc. Option NA NA
    Z78 25th Limited Edition NA NA
    ZN1 Trailer Package (Included heavy duty radiator, and FE7 Gymkhana Suspension) $89 972
    ZX2 Convenience Group (Included delay switch for dome, headlight warning buzzer, underhood light, low fuel warning light, interior courtesy lights, color keyed floor mats, intermittent windshield wipers and RH visor vanity mirror.) $84 37,222
    Total Production (all coupes): 46,776

    Color Options
    RPO Exterior Interior Production
    10 Classic White B-DB-DBR-LB-O-M-R 4,150
    13 Silver B-DB-M-R 3,232
    13/07 Silver Anniversary B-O-R 15,283
    19 Black B-LB-M-O-R 4,573
    19/47 Black/Silver SV 6,502
    26 Corvette Light Blue DB 1,960
    52 Corvette Yellow B-DBR-O 1,243
    59 Corvette Light Beige B-DB-DBR-LB-M 1,686
    72 Corvette Red B-LB-O-R 2,074
    82 Corvette Mahogany B-DBR-LB-M-O 2,121
    83 Corvette Dark Blue DB-LB-O 2,084
    89 Corvette Dark Brown DBR-LB-O 1,991
    Abbreviations:  B=Black, C=Cloth, DB=Dark Blue, DBR=Dark Brown, L=Leather, LB=Light Beige, M=Mahogany, O=Oyster, R=Red, SV=Silver

    Interior Color Codes
    RPO Color Production
    12C O/C 2,226
    15C SV/C 2,606
    19C B/C 1,353
    19L B - Lower NA
    29C DB/C 1,168
    49M SV - Middle NA
    49C DG/C 517
    59C LB/C 693
    69C DBR/C 564
    72C R/C 1,221
    76C M/C 763
    122 O/L 8,999
    152 SV/L 5,703
    192 B/L 7,218
    292 DB/L 3,207
    592 LB/L 3,338
    692 DBR/L 2,449
    722 R/L 4,067
    762 M/L 2,443
    Abbreviations:  B=Black, C=Cloth, DB=Dark Blue, DBR=Dark Brown, L=Leather, LB=Light Beige, M=Mahogany, O=Oyster, R=Red, SV=Silver

    Performance Numbers
    Magazine GM Spec. C&D NA
    Pub. Date   Oct. 1977 NA
    Engine   L48 NA
    Transmission   3-Speed Auto. NA
    Final Drive Ratio   3.08:1 NA
    0-30 mph (sec) NA 2.9 NA
    0-40 mph (sec) NA 4.2 NA
    0-50 mph (sec) NA 5.8 NA
    0-60 mph (sec) NA 7.8 NA
    0-70 mph (sec) NA 10.2 NA
    0-80 mph (sec) NA 13.3 NA
    0-90 mph (sec) NA 17.5 NA
    0-100 mph (sec) NA 33.1 NA
    1/4 Mile (sec/mph) NA 16.1 / 88.3 NA
    Top Speed(mph) NA 123 NA
    Braking (ft.) NA 194 ft. (70 - 0 mph) NA
    Lateral Accel. NA NA NA
    "C&D":  Car and Driver