– 1982 Chevrolet Corvette C3 “Collectors Edition”, one of only 6,759
– features the popular stingray body style of the third generation
– imported vehicle, used to run in California
– clean Carfax report testifies the low mileage
– the lifting rear window hatch was an exclusive feature of this limited edition
– famous L-83 “Crossfire” V8 installed, 149 kW (203 hp) from 350 ci or 5.7 litres of capacity
– 4-speed “Turbo Hydramatic” automatic transmission
– smooth-running engine with addictive low-pitched rumble
– colour-keyed interior in its special Collectors Edition trim
– power windows, electrically adjustable seats, air-con, cruise control and the original Delco radio
– a highly enjoyable car which is likely to appreciate over time
The first generation Corvette, as presented in 1953, was Chevrolet’s reply to Porsche and Jaguar: A compact roadster which was lightweight – owing to its fibreglass body on a steel frame – and, with the introduction of a V8 in 1956, also sporty. In 1963, the second generation, marketed as Corvette Sting Ray, was released. It had a significantly improved chassis with independent rear wheel suspension and disc brakes. But above all, it featured a strikingly new and exciting design. Retractable headlamps were introduced – and became a Corvette hallmark until the 6th generation made its debut in 2005. With closed “eyes”, the Corvette had a sharp-edged front to contrast its elegant, flowing lines: stingray-like, indeed. In 1968, the third generation was introduced, which had a much more muscular appearance while retaining most of the engine and chassis components from the C2. This didn’t stop it from becoming the Corvette model with the longest production run, no less than 14 years!
In terms of motorisation, there were essentially two groups of engines based on either the “small block” (around 5 litres) or “big block” (up to 7.4 litres, discontinued 1975), with various transmissions and axle ratios.