1978 Corvette Stingray Specs

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78 Corvette Stingray Facts

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78 Corvette

Total Production: 46,776
Base price: $9351
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 175/185/220
  • To mark Corvette's 25th anniversary, the 1978 model received a major aerodynamic restyling with a new wraparound back window and a new fastback roofline.
  • This was the Corvette's first restyling since 1968.
  • A 24-gallon (US) fuel tank replaced the former 17-gallon (US) tank, filling space made available by a new temporary spare tire.
  • Corvette's optional L82 high-performance 350-cid V-8 reached 220 hp as a result of a new dual-snorkel cold-air intake system, larger diameter exhaust and tailpipes, and lower restriction mufflers.
  • The automatic transmission used with the optional V-8 lost weight and had a low inertia, high stall torque converter.
  • Base engines used a Muncie four-speed manual gear box with higher first and second gear ratios than before, while the performance V-8 used a close-ratio Borg-Warner.
  • Glass roof panels, which had been promised earlier, actually became available this year.
  • An optional AM/FM-CB stereo radio used a tri-band power antenna on the rear deck.
  • Silver Anniversary Edition:
    • Each of this year's Corvettes could have Silver Anniversary emblems on the nose and rear deck.
    • Pinstripes accentuated the fender's upper profiles, wheel openings, front fender vents, hood, and rear license cavity.
    • Interiors were also silver.
    • Various other options were required, including aluminum wheels.
  • Indy Package:
    • For a considerably higher price, buyers could have the Limited Edition replica of the Indy Pace Car with distinctive black-over-silver paint and red accent striping.
    • Equipment in this "Indy Package" (RPO code Z78) included a special silver interior with new lightweight high-back seats, special front and rear spoilers, P255/60R1 5 white-letter tires on alloy wheels and lift-off glass canopy roof panels.
    • The Indy Pace Car package's content included nearly all Corvette options, plus special decals (unless the customer specified that they be omitted).
    • Upholstery was silver leather or leather with smoke gray cloth inserts.
  •   78 Corvette Options    
    Option # Description Quantity Price $
    1YZ87 Base Corvette Sport Coupe 40,274 9,352
    1YZ87/78 Limited Edition Corvette Pace Car 6,502 13,656
    A31 Power Windows 36,931 130
    AU3 Power Door Locks 12,187 120
    B2Z Silver Anniversary Paint 15,283 399
    CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels 972 349
    C49 Rear Window Defogger 30,912 95
    C60 Air Conditioning 37,638 605
    D35 Sport Mirrors 38,405 40
    FE7 Gymkhana Suspension 12,590 41
    G95 Optional Rear Axle Ratio 382 15
    K30 Cruise Control 31,608 99
    L82 350ci, 220hp Engine 12,739 525
    M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 3,385 0
    MX1 Automatic Transmission 38,614 0
    NA6 High Altitude Emission Equipment n/a 33
    N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column 37,858 175
    QBS P225/60R15 White Letter SBR Tires 18,296 216
    QGR P225/70R15 White Letter SBR Tires 26,203 51
    UA1 Heavy Duty Battery 28,243 18
    U58 AM-FM Stereo Radio 10,189 286
    U69 AM-FM Radio 2,057 199
    UM2 AM-FM Stereo Radio with 8-Track 20,899 419
    UP6 AM-FM Stereo Radio with Citizens Band 7,138 638
    U75 Power Antenna 23,069 49
    U81 Dual Rear Speakers 12,340 49
    YF5 California Emission Certification n/a 75
    YJ8 Aluminum Wheels 28,008 340
    ZN1 Trailer Package 972 89
    ZX2 Convenience Group 37,222 84

    1978 Corvette Stingray Body Color Choices

    Code Body Color Quantity
    10 Classic White 4,150
    13 Silver 3,232
    13/07 Silver Anniversary 15,283
    19 Black 11,075
    26 Corvette Light Blue 1,960
    52 Corvette Yellow 1,243
    59 Corvette Light Beige 1,686
    72 Corvette Red 2,074
    82 Corvette Mahogany 2,121
    83 Corvette Dark Blue 2,084
    89 Corvette Dark Brown 1,991

    1978 Corvette Stingray Interior Color Choices

    * n/a =  Build Numbers Not Available

    Code Interior Color Quantity
    12C Oyster Cloth n/a
    122 Oyster Leather n/a
    15C Silver Cloth n/a
    152 Silver Leather n/a
    19C Black Cloth n/a
    192 Black Leather n/a
    29C Dark Blue Cloth n/a
    292 Dark Blue Leather n/a
    59C Light Beige Cloth n/a
    592 Light Beige Leather n/a
    69C Dark Brown Cloth n/a
    692 Dark Brown Leather n/a
    72C Red Cloth n/a
    722 Red Leather n/a
    76C Mahogany Cloth n/a
    762 Mahogany Leather n/a