Cadillac Red Rocket
Finished from the factory in Silver Metallic (13L), this 1979 Corvette was repainted in its current shade of Cadillac Red prior to the owner’s purchase nearly 30 years ago. Thanks to garage storage and limited driving, the finish looks to be quite good.
As seen in the gallery, it retains a deep level of reflectivity with blemishes highlighted. They include a ding on the nose and assorted chips on the body panels and front passenger-side wheel arch.
Along with that sinuous fiberglass styling, one of the coolest parts of this Corvette is the tinted T-top panels. They are removable and as seen in the gallery, are the original glass.
The car features pop-up headlights, integrated fog lamps, a retractable antenna, fender vents, and an L82 badge on the hood indicating the optional motor under the bonnet.
Twin black-finished guards are integrated into both front and rear body-color bumpers. Other highlights include concealed wipers, factory-optional sport mirrors, flush door handles, dual exhaust outlets, and the classic blue NJ license plate.
Measuring 15” x 8”, the original eight-slot aluminum wheels are shod in Cooper Cobra GTS rubber sized 245/60 all around. The wheels show well and frame power-assisted disc brakes front and rear.
Undercarriage photos document surface corrosion as well as dried-out suspension bushings, which is not unusual for a car driven just 200 miles in 27 years. The undercarriage-mounted spare tire is also retained.
An exterior walk-around video, seen in the gallery, further illustrates the shimmering quality of the Cadillac Red paint job on this rust-free 1979 Corvette.
How About Those Gauges!
Finished entirely in black, the cabin features leather-wrapped bucket seats that look to be in overall good condition with minor creasing on the driver seat and a pulled seam on the passenger side.
The three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel frames a Corvette-branded 140-mph speedometer with an inset odometer reading 71,775 miles and a 7,000-rpm tachometer.
With clear aircraft-inspired styling, the center stack features gauges for coolant temperature, fuel level, oil pressure, voltage, and an analog clock. An aftermarket Pioneer tape deck has been fitted and sits above the HVAC controls and ashtray with a lighter.
The polished shift knob sits beside the original shift pattern decal with power window switches mounted on the back end of the console. As seen in the gallery, the transmission tunnel carpeting is pulling away slightly from the parking brake surround.
Both door panels appear to be in good condition. They feature carpeted lower sections, power lock switches, and a remote side mirror adjustment toggle on the driver side. Door sills and jambs also look to be in good shape, with some paint chips noted in the gallery.
Features include Corvette-branded floor mats, glove box, rear window defroster, and dual Pioneer speakers in the carpeted cargo hold, which also contains the jack and battery housings.
Original L82 V8
The original 5.7L L82 V8 motor has been retained and mates to a four-speed manual to spin the rear wheels. Optional for 1979, the L82 came from the factory with a four-barrel carburetor, higher lift camshaft, forged steel crankshaft, and other upgrades over the base motor to produce 225 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque when new.
Per the owner, the car starts up and drives without issues. On the service front, the battery is new and the rear calipers are believed to have been overhauled recently, though records are limited.
Located in South Amboy, New Jersey, this 1979 Chevrolet Corvette L82 has been under current ownership for the past 27 years. In that time, approximately 200 of the original 71,775 miles have been added.
The car was purchased by the owner and her husband, who passed away in a car crash shortly thereafter, which is why this Corvette has been driven so sparingly since then.
This unmodified L82 Corvette comes with the original owner’s manual and some entertaining parking “tickets”. Sporting a head-turning Cadillac Red paint job, awesome T-tops, and the fun of three-pedal driving, this is one ‘Vette you don’t want to miss.