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Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car (1978)


Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car (1978)

The Corvette was 25 years old in 1978, and to celebrate a limited edition Silver Anniversary model was produced. This car was also chosen to pace the 62nd Indianapolis and more than 6,000 replica cars were built and sold through select dealers. While the styling was all new, the chassis was carried over but the new car got the FE7 Gymkhana package which included heavy-duty front and rear shocks, fatter front and rear anti-roll bars, and higher rated springs. Front and rear discs were power assisted and all the chassis upgrades gave the Corvette tremendous grip and handling. Standard fitment was the L82 high-performance 350ci (5,735cc), with greater power than in other 'Vettes thanks to high-lift camshaft, special heads with bigger valves, and forged pistons. Induction comprised a four-barrel carb and dual snorkel air cleaner, while the dual exhaust was larger, for more flow.

Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car (1978) Specifications

Top speed:125 mph (200 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):8.2 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:350 ci (5,735 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:220 bhp (164 kW) @ 5,200 rpm
Max torque:260 lb ft (352 Nm) @ 3,600 rpm
Weight:3,401 lb (1,545 kg)
Economy:16 mpg (5.66 km/I)
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