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1982 Chevrolet Corvette C3

The third-generation Corvette finally bowed in 1982 after a 15-year run with the same basic body and a chassis that dated back to 1963. In celebration of this milestone, Chevrolet created a special Collection Edition that became the first Corvette with a base price exceeding 20,000 (its price was $22,537.59). In an effort to prevent the counterfeiting of Collector Edition Corvettes, only pre-ordered cars were built with special vehicle identification number plates. In addition to special two-tone Silver-Beige paint with contrasting pinstriping, special cloisonné emblems, a Silver-Beige leather interior, mid-year-look finned aluminum wheels, Bronze-tinted glass roof panels and a wealth of options as standard equipment, the Collector Edition featured a lift-up frameless glass hatchback.

25,407 Corvettes were produced during 1982, with 6,759 of those being the 'Collector Edition.'

Ever-tightening emissions standards challenged engineers, and for 1982, Corvette adopted Cross-Fire Injection to become the first 'fuelie' Vette since 1965. The twin Rochester throttle body injectors looked somewhat like carburetors and were mounted diagonally on each side of a broad aluminum intake manifold. Cross-Fire's higher level of sophistication added 10 horsepower, now an even 200. The new Cross-Fire Injection system improved throttle response and fuel economy. In another 'retro' move, the four-speed manual transmission was dropped, meaning that for the first time since 1954, all Corvettes came with automatic. The four-speed automatic used a computer-controlled torque converter and overdrive and a lower first-gear ratio for acceleration.

Equipment included power windows, locks and mirrors, an AM/FM 8-track, tilt/telescopic steering, air conditioning, power steering, and power brakes.


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1982 Vehicle Profiles

1982 Chevrolet Corvette C3 vehicle information

Sting Ray Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 1G1AY878XC5120010

This 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe was offered for sale at the 2007 Sports and Classic Car Auction presented by The Worldwide Group, in Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $17,000 - $23,000. It is powered by a 5.7-liter Cross-F....[continue reading]

1982 Chevrolet Corvette C3 vehicle information

Sting Ray Sport Coupe

The 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition was the last of a generation. Its basic body shape dated to 1968 and its chassis to 1963. To honor the 1982 model's special status, Chevrolet offered a 'Collector Edition'. It differed from base models....[continue reading]

Sting Ray Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 1G1AY878XC5120010 
Sting Ray Sport Coupe
 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1982 Corvette C3
$22,600-$162,550
1982 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Price Range: $18,300 - $22,600

Other 1982 Chevrolet Models

Corvette C3

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
30,463
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 190.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 275.00hp
$5,690 - $5,920
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 400.00hp
$13,990 - $13,990
37,501
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 195.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 270.00hp
$6,155 - $6,375
38,665
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 165.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 205.00hp
$6,855 - $7,115
46,558
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 180.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 210.00hp
$7,600 - $7,600
49,213
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 180.00hp
8 cyl., 351.80 CID., 210.00hp
$8,650 - $8,650
46,776
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 170.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 185.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 220.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 350.00hp
$9,450 - $13,670
53,807
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 195.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 225.00hp
$10,220 - $10,220
40,614
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 305.00 CID., 180.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 190.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 230.00hp
$13,140 - $13,140
40,606
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 190.00hp
$15,300 - $15,300
40,606
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 349.97 CID., 450.00hp
$15,300 - $15,300
25,407
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 349.97 CID., 200.00hp
$18,300 - $22,600

Industry Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1987Nissan (1,803,924)Chevrolet (1,384,214)Ford (1,176,775)1,384,214
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)1,368,837
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)1,418,098
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)1,655,151
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)1,175,200
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)1,297,357
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)1,673,093
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)2,288,745
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)2,284,749
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)2,375,436
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)2,543,153

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