The brochure to the right is certainly a sign of the times. If you read it, I'm sure you will notice it's absent any references to performance. While I've always liked the body lines of the 1978 and later Stingrays, I do have to admit they were pretty wheezy. Even the L-82 of that era isn't very impressive.
I purchased my '79 in 2008. It had about 93,000 miles on it, and the owner claimed his wife had put only 3,000 miles on it the 15 years they owned it. I don't know how true that is, but I do know I removed at least ten wasps nests from under the hood. The bushings and seals were dried out, the engine needed a tune up, vacuum hoses replaced, etc. After an initial investment, it ran pretty much as intended and I drove it for years that way.
It is a base Corvette Sport Coupe, so it has the 195 hp L-48 motor, wide ratio Borg-Warner Super T-10 four-speed manual transmission, and 3:38 rear-end ratio. It has the following options: sports mirrors, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, radio with cassette deck, and dual rear speakers. Oh, I almost forgot...it also had a really cool "Members Only" label fixed to shifter console. I'm pretty sure that wasn't a factory option, so it was the first thing to go after I signed the title.
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