Attention true Corvette fans, you’re viewing a bright 1982 Chevrolet Corvette with all the right buzzwords you love: Collector Edition, numbers-matching V8, original colors, and a value price.
The first thing that strikes you about this coupe is the color. It’s an original factory special that seems to sit somewhere between metallic shades of silver and gold like a Champagne celebration. The official Silver Beige name for this hue seems to represent the 1980s perfectly, and it’s a unique paint that stands out in public nicely, even when parked among other Corvettes at the car show. The darker graphics on the lower doors, pin-striping, and hood define some of the Corvette’s most dramatic features. The hatchback profile, deep chin spoiler, and duck-tail end cap all add to the distinctive look that was uniquely Corvette. Besides just looking amazing, this Corvette earns its Special Edition status by being only one of 6,759 commemorative cars built before General Motors shut the books on the C3.
The interior is arguably more interesting than the exterior. The metallic leather seat package that was optional on late-C3s is taken one step further with a multi-tone precious metals fade that complements the Silver Beige exterior very well. A similar pattern on the door panels matches the unique buckets, and everything looks like it was cared for by a true Corvette enthusiast. It’s loaded with options like power windows, power mirrors, tilt steering column, electric rear defrost, an upgraded AM/FM/cassette stereo, and provisions for factory air conditioning. Tinted glass T-tops means you can have an open-air experience with this Corvette. Plus, you can store the roof much easier thanks to the glass hatchback. This rear opening is a feature that should have always been on the late C3s, but this special edition was the only car that got it from the factory.
The 1982 drive train was a preview of the new C4 Corvette. The Cross Fire fuel-injected 350 cubic-inch V8, was torquey, powerful, and surprisingly efficient thanks to the 700R4 four-speed automatic overdrive transmission as standard equipment. This is the original motor, and just like the rest of this car, it is refreshingly stock. The offset air cleaner gives it away, but you’ll be impressed by how tidy everything is and how well-maintained all the vitals are. It fires up readily, makes a fantastic rumble from the dual exhaust, and snaps through the gears with authority. And while features like power steering, cruise control, and overdrive make it a fantastic highway cruiser, this classic is always up to release its wild side. After all, the fully-independent sports suspension and four-wheel disc brakes are part of a great package to enjoy the back roads.
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