Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C3


1980  Model C3


The Chevrolet Corvette is Americas only true sports car and the C3 model followed the  style of the stunning Mako Shark II Concept car designed by Larry Shinoda in early 1964.   For the 1980 model year many weight saving design details were incorporated reducing the overall weight by 250 lbs to offset the effects of stringent smog laws in the USA which saw power outputs reduced from previous years models. This car was exported from the USA in 1989 to Japan where it resided until July 2016 when imported to the UK. It has been subject to a professional `wide body` conversion with deeply flared wheel arches and additional front and rear spoilers and side skirts all frenched in to bodywork and finished off in a deep purple metallic paint.


Performance and handling modifications comprise : 

Edelbrock Torker II Single Plain Inlet Manifold

Holley 4 Barrel Carburetor

Weiand Air Intake

Supertrapp exhaust

KYB Gas Shock Absorbers.

Californian Centre Line deep dash polished alloy wheels. 




Build Date :  December 1979 at St. Louis, Missouri Plant , USA. 

Chassis Number : 411094 of total of 542,741 built by Chevrolet between 1969 – 1982. 

1980 Base model list price : $ 13,140.00

Engine : Chevrolet L48 350 cu inch small block with 8.2 : 1 Compression Ratio. 

Transmission : 3 speed Turbo Hydra – Matic Automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter. 

BHP :  275 bhp ( est.)

Max Torque : 280 lb ft ( est.)

Max. Speed : 125mph

0 – 60 mph :   7 secs.

Pictures and words by the owner Mike Gardner