Production Numbers: 53,807
Color Combinations: Classic white, black, silver, dark blue metallic, yellow, light beige, light blue, red and dark green metallic
Engine Type: 350 CID, V-8 Overhead valve Cast iron block
Transmission: 4-Speed fully-synchronized transmission, 3-Range Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission
Additional Stats: Optional front and rear spoilers, sport seats adapted from the special edition pace car, optional glass t-tops, interior comfort features
Corvette truly got to celebrate its silver anniversary a year later with what, to this day, is their highest sales year. At over fifty-three thousand units sold, the 1979 Corvette production year was an undeniable success and further cemented Corvette’s place in American automobile history. The famed Indy 500 Pace Car special edition influenced the year’s slate, with various popular details making it to the new model.
Three key features were incorporated into the new model: the bucket sports seats, the glass roof panels, and the front and rear spoilers. The new seats were more comfortable, the spoilers decreased drag, and the panels allowed for a more interesting driving experience. These helped revitalize the image of the Corvette as America’s sports car, breathing new life into a household name.
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