1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Z87/Z78 Limited Edition Pace Car Coupe Vehicle Profile

1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1978 Chevrolet Corvette C31978 Chevrolet Corvette C3
Z87/Z78 Limited Edition Pace Car Coupe
The 'Official Pace Car' was driven by race car driver Jim Rathmann (a winner of the 1960 Indy 500). The winner of the 1978 Indianapolis 500 was Al Únser.

Chevrolet had negotiated with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to have a modified Corvette chosen as the pace car for the 1978 Indy 500. 6,200 units were produced so that each Chevrolet showroom could have at least one. Thus, what was officially called the Limited Edition Indy Pace Car Replica Corvette made up some 15% of total production.

Pace Car replicas have two-tone black over silver paint with special decals. Pace Car interiors reflected Bill Mitchell's influence, with full silver leather or silver leather/gray cloth upholstery and gray carpeting.

Chevrolet Corvette C3Chevrolet had scheduled new Corvette seats for 1979, but the program was rushed forward so that the 1978 Pace Car could have them first.

This particular example, currently on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was from the collection of baseball great Reggie Jackson. It has only 78 actual miles and a unique VIN sequence. The base-price at $13,653.21 for the Pace Car Replica was quite a boost over the $9,351 standard model but because it looked like an 'instant collectible,' everyone was sold.

Source - Corvette Museum


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2020 16
2019 61
2018 69
2017 56
2016 45
2015 48
2014 53
2013 77
2012 45
2011 49

1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1978 sales)
1978 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for $34,000
  2020 Carlisle Auctions : Winter AutoFest
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for $11,250
  2020 Carlisle Auctions : Winter AutoFest
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for $6,800
  2020 Carlisle Auctions : Winter AutoFest
 
1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR
Chassis#: 1Z87L8S904964
Sold for $19,250
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR
Chassis#: 1Z8748S902676
Sold for $48,400
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary
Sold for $15,950
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary
Sold for $16,500
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition
Sold for $20,350
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition
Sold for $25,850
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition
Sold for $18,700
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition
Sold for $46,200
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition
Sold for $39,600
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition
Sold for $45,100
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition
Sold for $36,300
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition
Sold for $49,500
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary
Sold for $13,200
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car
Sold for $11,000
  2019 GAA : November 2019
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary
Sold for $24,000
  2019 GAA : November 2019
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 25th Anniversary
Sold for $10,500
  2019 GAA : November 2019
 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette L82 Limited Edition
Sold for $16,500
  2019 GAA : November 2019
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$5,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$12,500  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$12,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Kansas City$9,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary 2019 GAA : November 2019$13,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette L82 Limited Edition 2019 GAA : November 2019$18,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary 2019 GAA : November 2019$14,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Chicago$22,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary 2019 Mecum : Las Vegas$10,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition 2019 Mecum : Las Vegas$40,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Harrisburg$10,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 2019 Mecum : Harrisburg   
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Harrisburg$11,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition 2019 Mecum : Harrisburg$50,000  
1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION1Z8748S4157232019 BarrettJackson : Northeast   
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary 2019 Mecum Portland$5,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$35,000$50,000$70,000
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$75,000$250,000$300,000
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$35,000$50,000$70,000
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$14,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 2019 Spring Carlisle Auction   
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 2019 Spring Carlisle Auction   
1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE PACE CAR 2019 Leake OKC 2019$17,500  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 2019 Carlisle Auction : Lakeland Winter Auction   
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$9,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$26,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$24,000  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2018 Mecum : Kansas City$8,500  
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2018 Mecum : Kansas City$13,000  

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