The Chevrolet Corvette first appeared in 1953 as a unique American entry into the sports car market dominated by European makes. Although not a muscle car by definition, the Corvette used muscle car powertrains and has represented American performance for almost fifty years.
The Corvette celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 1978, and all Corvettes received special commemorative emblems. All 1978 Corvettes received a new fastback roofline with a large, wraparound backlight.
In 1978 the big news for enthusiasts was the addition of two limited edition versions of the Corvette. The first was the Anniversary edition ordered with the “25th Anniversary Paint” B2Z option. The second limited edition Corvette was the Pace Car Replica model, which commemorated the Corvettes which paced the 62nd Indy 500. The Pace Car Replica was decked out with a black upper body and silver-metallic lower body, plus the alloy wheels and fat Goodyear tires worn by the Silver Anniversary model. The Pace Car Replica also carried front and rear spoilers and the identifying “Pace Car” decals.
Only 6,502 1978 Pace Car Editions were built. The car was also the 25th Anniversary edition of the Corvette. The ’78 Corvette Pace Car edition featured two-tone black/silver paint, alloy wheels, and a silver leather interior. 1978 marked the first restyling for the Corvette since the 1968 model.
1978 “25th Anniversary” Pace Car Replica Corvette. This is an original Pace car replica Corvette and not a fake. The engine is the L48 350-cid V8 with automatic transmission. The exterior is decked out in the Pace Car colour scheme with the identifying “Pace Car” decals. Factory options include Pwr. Steering Pwr. Brakes, Pwr. Windows, AM/FM Radio, Air Conditioning(not in working condition), tilt-telescopic steering column, and removable glass roof panels. Runs and drives extremely well. The 25th Anniversary Corvette, extremely rare and collectible.