Graceful Kate

1978 Corvette

Item number: 300141099862

Item Specifics - Cars & Trucks
1978 Chevrolet  :  Corvette 
1978 25th Anniversary, Head Turner


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CD Player  Leather Seats  Cassette Player  Air Conditioning 
Power Windows  Cruise Control     

You are bidding on a frame on restored 1978 Chevrolet Corvette. "GRACEFUL KATE"  I am the third owner in this cars 30 year history.  I have owned it since 1992.  The car was sold in a small southern Illinois town.  Spent a few years in Oklahoma, but the majority of its life was spent in Arizona, Texas and the past 6 years in South Carolina.  I restored the car (in 18 months) and had it back on the road in 1999.  Since then it has been driven approx 15K miles on the all original, numbers matching, drive train.  Engine(350 Cu. In. L-48), Transmission (350 Turbo), Rear end (3:08), Heads, everything.  PhotoMontage shows an anthology of the restoration that I did.  I would have done a frame off, but ran out of room in my house. All components were completely stripped, and repainted. Engine, Transmission and Rear End were rebuilt.  All three drive shafts were trued, rebalance and fitted with greasable u-joints, The rear trailing arms were rebuilt by Van Steele, The quadrajet Carburetor was rebuilt to show quality by Carburetor Works in NY.  All replacement parts were either GM NOS parts (tail lights, bezels, etc) or were GM authorized reproductions.  The body was media blasted down to the original primer. The suspension is 100% original except for the Uerathane bushing that are mounted on the sway bars as well as the Adjusable Rod ends in the rear suspension.  All suspension shims and bolts in the rear are stainless steel.  This is a virgin body.  The paint is a single stage PPG Urethane Epoxy Enamel. No clear coat. The final topcoat was color sanded with 1500 grit paper and then polished.  Its a mirror finish and the photos reflect this.  Everything was rebuilt even if it worked correctly at the time.  New interior by Al Knock.  Interior was "upgraded" with additional insulation on the firewall, and the entire passenger compartment.  The radio (original sticker had the radio delete option) is a Kenwood AM-FM cassette, with a 6 disc CD changer in the rear compartment.  Radio is special made for the C3 corvette. All brake lines and Brake components are stainless steel.  This car has won several local and regional car shows from Texas to South Carolina.  These include Best of Show 2000 Houston Corvette Chevy Expo, Drivers Choice 2000 Austin Corvette day, Peoples Choice 2002 Coastal Carolina Street Thunder.  It has appeared in the October 2000 issue of Vette Magazine.  This is not a trailer queen.  She has two small stars in the windshield both were inflicted while driving to a car show.  She made the 2000 mile journey to the Corvette Museum for the 5th anniversary special in 1999. This car comes with the car cover shown in the photos and two hoods.  The custom hood was airbrushed by Von Otto of Lorena TX insured value $3000. Also included with this car is a second set of stock aluminum wheels and tires, along with all of the original equipment that is restored, but not on the car, (intake manifold, AM/FM 8 Track, Valve Covers, and the Aircleaner assy for the stock hood).  All documentation goes with the car as well, this includes the orginal and reproduced Tank Build Sheet, as well as reproduciton Window Sticker, owners manual, wheel information, Catalytic Converter decal, Documentation Manual and others.     I have enjoyed her for the past 8 years and now hope to find a new home for her.  I reserve the right to sell this vehicle to the highest bidder in the event that reserve is not met.