1980 Chevrolet Corvette
1980 Chevrolet Corvette
- Red Over Black
- 350 V8
- Automatic Transmission
- T Tops
- Side Pipes
- Custom Seats and Stereo
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“Corvette 1980: But beyond machinery, there is the dream--Corvette and the open road.” – Chevrolet Corvette magazine advertisement, 1980
The end line above was preceded with: “Now 26 years young. And still America's only production sports car. But endurance can live side by side with improvement. For 1980, air conditioning, power windows, and Tilt-Telescopic steering are standard equipment. There's a bold, new front-end design with an integrated air dam. A new rear spoiler has been built-in, and there's a new lower-profile hood. Cornering lights have been added. The strong tradition of Corvette roadability continues: independent front and rear suspension, 4-wheel power disc brakes, and steel-belted radial tires, large-diameter front stabilizer bar—all standard.”
Offered here is a 1980 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe in red over black. This third-generation “American legend” has been impressively maintained and lightly used. Since new, the car has traveled 50,728 miles, or fewer than 1,250 miles per-year on average.
The Corvette's exterior non-metallic red paint has been refreshed and exhibits excellent condition and gloss over the entire body, including the two removable t-top panels, the lower-front grilles, and the Endura®-clad front and rear bumper covers. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) All cabin glass—including the beautifully curved rear window—is clear and undamaged. Lighting lenses are similarly damage-free; pop-up headlights operate properly. The added side exhaust pipes deliver a throaty burble (be sure to sample the engine music in the video link). Other limited chrome on the body is in excellent condition with light patina on the door handles. All factory badging—the crossed-flags emblems on the hood, front fenders, and rear-deck gas-filler-cap cover, and italicized “corvette” on the rear fascia—remains properly mounted. Factory-original, 15-inch alloy wheels (with crossed-flags center caps) are mounted with raised-white-letter Regul Sport Challenger® raised-white-letter 255/60 tires.
Inside, the black color theme makes for a classic companion to the exterior red. Custom, bucket seats feature handsome, alligator-leather-style upholstery. Cabin and cargo-area carpeting in black is in excellent condition. Corvette-logo-embroidered carpet mats are in place. Speakers for the custom audio installation are arrayed across the cabin's rear panel. Door trim incorporates both black hard plastic and carpeted surfaces. The sport steering wheel with crossed-flags emblem and chrome, 3-spoke design frames the twin instruments: a (government mandated) 85-mph speedometer and 4,500-rpm-redline tachometer; a clock and four engine-monitoring gauges are located in the center-dash above the replacement digital push-button radio (part of the custom audio installation) and slide-lever controls for heat and air conditioning. The shifter for the automatic transmission and the power-window buttons complete the console.
Under the front-hinged hood, the engine bay is clean, orderly, and free of shine-enhancing, spray-on products. A chrome Edelbrock®-embossed air cleaner assembly and Chevrolet-bowtie-branded valve covers add visual impact to the 350-cubic-inch V8 (which still wears its light-blue engine-block paint). All components, including air conditioning, remain properly mounted. Viewed from below, the chassis is complete and undamaged. The side-exiting dual exhaust system is a focal point.
The Corvette's original build and identification tags remain in place.
While the more than 145 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this silver '79 Corvette Coupe in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
This 1980 Corvette Coupe is an excellent representative of the C3 generation. Its next owner will inherit a well-cared-for example in a classic color combination, to be enjoyed on the road, at weekend enthusiast gatherings, and at Friday-night cruise-ins.