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1980 Chevrolet Corvette (Bitchin Barbie Car)

Last updated Apr 13, 2008  

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I bought my 1980 Vette 5 years ago and she was pretty much stock and painted Midnight Blue. Since then she has gone thru a lot of changes both under the hood and on the outside. I take her out to Cruise In's & Car Shows and the Street Drags on Saturday Nights.
Most of the "Boy's" think my Pretty Pink Car is just fluff, but if they turn their stereos down & listen, they soon find this sleeper leaves them sittin in the dust.... Bye Bye Boy's.....


A Few Stats On The Bitchin Barbie Car:
My 1980 Vette pushes 325hp at the wheels
She sports a Weiland X-Cellator Intake
1/6 Rocker Arms, Custom Push Rods & Springs
Carburation is provided by a 750 Edelbrock
Custom Headers
Nasty Loud Flowmaster Exhaust w/ 3 in Chrome Turn Downs
A Crane Comp Cam 510/298
Pete Jackson Noisy Gear Drive
Edelbrock Shocks
Custom Brakes
Street Performance Tranny with Shift Kit
2500 Stall
MDS Distributor
Taylor Neon Pink Wires
Torque Starter
Custom Polished Aluminum Alternator
Custom Made Iron Cross Air Cleaner same color as car
Custom Steel Billet Iron Cross Rear View Mirror
Auto Tech Bad Ass Tach
Custom Polished Aluminum Shift Knob
Custom Iron Cross Gas & Brake Pedals
Last but not least Custom Paint job

Factory Options

History of the 1980 Corvette

Changes from the 1979 Corvette to 1980:

* The 1980 Corvette was more streamlined and lost close to
250 pounds.
* The hood and doors were lighter with thinner door glass.
* Corvette bodies held new fiberglass bumper structures.
* The lift off roof panels were made of lightweight, low
density micro­scopic glass beads.
* The body panels were urethane-coated.
* Weight cuts also hit the power train.
* The dif­ferential housing and supports were made of alu­minum.
* The 350-cid (5.7-liter) V-8 had a new alu­minum intake
manifold, while the 305-cid (5.0-liter) V.8 used in cars
in California had a stainless exhaust manifold.
* The Corvette hoods had a new low profile.
* The front bumper had an integrated lower air dam and the
bumper cover now extended to the wheel openings.
* New two-piece front cornering lamps worked whenever the
lights were switched on.
* A deep-recessed split grille held integral parking lamps.
* Front fender air vents contained functional black louvers.
* New front and rear spoilers were mold­ed in and integrated
with the bumper caps and were no longer of a bolt-on type.
* New emblems included an engine identifier for the optional
L82 V-8.
* The dashboard carried a new 85-mph speedometer.
* Only two storage bins stood behind the seat, where three used
to be.
* Turbo Hydra-Matic transmissions added a lock-up torque
converter that engaged at about 30 mph, while the four-speed
manual transmission got new gear ratios.
* In California, Corvette buyers could only get the 305-cid V-8
with automatic transmission this year.
* The base V-8 lost five horsepower, while the optional version
gained five.
* New standard equip­ment this year included formerly-optional
power win­dows, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, and Four
Season air conditioning.
* Rally wheels held P225/70R-15/B blackwall SBR tires with trim
rings and center caps.


The serial number [Vehicle Identification Number -- VIN] was stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.
Serial numbers ranged from 1Z87*AS400001 to 1Z87*AS440614

Position Character Description

1 1 Chevrolet Division
2 Z Corvette
87 Coupe
5 * Engine type where
* is replaced by the following
8 = L48 350-cid V8, 190-hp
H = California L48 350-cid V8, 180-hp
6 = L82 350-cid V8, 230-hp, 4-barrel

6 A 1980
7 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
8 to 13 400001 production sequence
to 440614

Engine serial number began 0001001
Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block just ahead of the cylinder head on the right-hand side combined with a three-letter engine code suffix
Also cast into the top rear of the block is a four-symbol code indicating when the engine was built
The first letter of the date code shows the month the block was cast
The one or two numbers shows the month
The last digit shows the year

Engine suffixes:
Code Engine Horsepower Compression
ZCA LG4 350-cid 180-hp V-8 8.5:1
ZAM L48 350-cid 190-hp V-8 8.2:1
ZAK L48 350-cid 190-hp V-8 8.2:1
ZBC L82 350-cid 230-hp V-8 9.0:1

Transmission Fuel Supply Emission Control System
automatic four-barrel carburetor California
manual four-barrel carburetor
automatic four-barrel carburetor
automatic four-barrel carburetor

The body number plate was located on the engine side of the cowl.
The Fisher Body Style Number 80-1YZ37 identifies a Corvette coupe
The body number is the production serial number of the body.
The trim number indicates the interior trim color and material.
The ten 1980 Corvette exterior colors were:

10 = White 13 = Silver 19 = Black 28 = Dark Blue
47 = Dark Brown 52 = Yellow 58 = Dark Green
59 = Frost Beige 76 = Dark Claret 83 = Red

Upholstery Codes Color Cloth & Leather Upholstery Leather Upholstery
Oyster 12C 122 Dark Blue 29C 292 Doeskin 59C 592
Claret 79C 792 Red 722 Black 192

Model No. Body/Style No. Body Type
1Y Z87 2-dr. Sport Coupe
2 passenger

Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
$13,140 3206 40,614


Feature Standard Engine (RPO L48)
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.48"
Compression ratio 8.2:1
Brake horsepower 190 @ 4200
Torque 280 lb-ft @ 2400
Displacement 350 cid (5.7 liters)

Standard California Engine(RPO LG4)
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.48"
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Brake horsepower 180 @ 4200
Torque 255 lb-ft @ 2000
Displacement350 cid (5.7 liters)

Optional Engine (RPO L82)
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.48"
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Brake horsepower 230 @ 5200
Torque 275 lb-ft @ 3600
Displacement 350 cid (5.7 liters)

Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
Block Cast iron block
Main bearing five
Valve lifters hydraulic
Fuel supply Rochester Quadrajet


Standard Manual Transmission
four-speed fully-synchronized
floor-mounted gear shifter
gear ratios
1st = 2.88:1 2nd = 1.91:1 3rd = 1.33:1
4th = 1.00:1 Rev = 2.78:1
Final drive ratio: 3.07:1

Optional Manual Transmission
close ratio four-speed fully-synchronized
floor-mounted gear shifter
gear ratios
1st = 2.43:1 2nd = 1.61:1 3rd = 1.23:1
4th = 1.00:1 Rev = 2.35:1
Final drive ratio: 3.36:1
Automatic Transmission

Three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic
floor-mounted gear shifter
gear ratios
1st = 2.52:1 2nd = 1.52:1 3rd = 1.00:1
Rev = 1.93:1
Final drive ratio: 3.55:1


Feature Coupe
Wheelbase 98 inches (2.489 m)
Overall length 185.2 inches (4.704 m)
Overall width 69.0 inches (1.753 m)
Overall height 48 inches (1.219 m)
Ground Clearance 4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
Front tread 58.7 inches (1.491 m)
Rear tread 59.5 inches (1.511 m)
Wheel size 15 x 8 inches
Tires P225/70R-15 SBR (steel-belted radial)
Positraction standard
Steering recirulating ball
Front suspension Independent, unequal-length control arms with ball joints, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension Independent, trailing link, transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs
Brakes Hydraulic, vented four wheel discs; 11.75-inch diameter, single calipers
Ignition HEI electronic
Body construction Separate fiberglass body and box-type ladder frame with cross-members
Fuel tank 24 US Gal (20 Imp Gal) (91 liters)


RPO A31 Electric power windows ($141)
RPO CC1 Removable glass roof panels ($365)
RPO C49 Rear window defogger ($102)
RPO C60 Air conditioning ($635)
RPO D35 Sport mirrors ($45)
RPO FE7 Gymkhana suspension ($49)
RPO F51 Heavy-duty shock absorbers ($33)
RPO G95 Highway ratio rear axle ($19)
RPO K30 Cruise Control ($113)
RPO L82 350-cid 225-hp V-8 ($565)
RPO MM4 Four-speed manual transmission (no-cost option)
RPO M21 Four-speed manual close-ratio transmission (no-cost option)
RPO MX1 Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission (no-cost option)
RPO N37 Tilt-telescopic steering column ($190)
RPO OGR P255/70R-15 Raised-white-letter steel-belted radial tires ($54)
RPO OBS P255160R-15 White Aramid BR tires ($226.20)
RPO U58 AM-FM stereo radio ($90)
RPO UM2 AM-FM stereo radio with 8-track tape system ($228)
RPO UN3 AM-FM stereo radio with cassette ($234)
RPO UP6 AM-FM stereo radio with CB system and power antenna ($439)
RPO U75 Power antenna ($52)
RPO U81 Dual rear speakers ($52)
RPO UA1 Heavy-duty bat­tery ($21)
RPO ZN1 Trailering package ($98)
RPO ZQ2 Power windows and door locks ($272)
RPO ZX2 Convenience group ($84)


Introduced: September 25, 1978.
Model-year production: 53,807 (Chevrolet initially reported a total of 49,901 units).
Calendar-year production: 48,568.
Calendar-year sales by U.S. dealers: 38,631.
Model-year sales by U.S. dealers: 39,816.
For what it's worth, 7,949 Corvettes were painted this year in Classic White, while 6,960 carried Silver paint.
Only 4,385 Corvettes had the MM4 four-speed manual gearbox, while 4,062 ran with the close-ratio M21 version.


Custom Paint - Harley Davidson Victory Red Sunset Blaze & well I can't tell you the rest of the secret paint job.


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