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1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car (78 Indy Pace Car Vette)

Last updated Jan 16, 2010  

Photo of a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car (78 Indy Pace Car Vette)


1978 was the 25th anniversary model with a new “fastback” glass roof line that looked like it should have been an open hatch style but was fixed. And, Chevrolet produced a stunning two tone light silver over charcoal paint scheme (RPO B2Z) which was the most popular color choice for the year that produced 15,283 Corvettes in that combination. To mark this historic milestone in the car’s history, Corvette for the first time was chosen to pace the 1978 Indianapolis 500 in May of that year. Chevrolet produced 6502 replica pace cars from March through May of 1978 with each car having it’s own special VIN ending in 900001-906502. These cars were priced to reflect the “limited” production run with a price tag over 13K. For this you got the special B78 paint scheme of black over silver with red accent stripe, front and rear spoilers (bolt on) leather/cloth leather interior in silver only, new clamshell seats that were lighter and folded flat allowing easier access to the rear stowage area, glass roof panels in a silver tint finish and decals to adorn the car that were to be dealer installed at the customer’s request. We saw a speculator’s market ensue these cars pushing the asking prices up into the mid-twenties (even higher) in some cases. Today, a decent pace car will still bring mid 20-30 K. New for this year was a larger fuel tank that was increased from 18 gallons to 24 gallons by the introduction of the smaller spare tire.


L82 350 cui factory rated at 220bhp
Borgwarner Super T4 4speed manual
3.70 Dana 44 Rear axle with posi traction

Factory Options

1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe 40,274 $9,351.89
A31 Power Windows 36,931 $130.00
AU3 Power Door Locks 12,187 $120.00
B32 Floor Mats
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels 972 $349.00
C49 Electro-Clear Rear Defroster 30,912 $95.00
C60 Air Conditioning 37,638 $605.00
D35 Sport Mirrors 38,405 $40.00
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension 12,590 $41.00
L82 220 HP 350 CI Engine 12,739 $525.00
M21 4-Speed Close-Ratio Manual Trans 3,885 No Charge
N37 Tilt & Telescopic Steering Column 37,858 $175.00
QBS P255/60R 15 White Letter Radial Tires 18,296 $216.00
U75 Power Antenna 23,069 $49.00
U81 Dual Rear Speakers 12,340 $49.00
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery 28,243 $18.00
UP6 AM-FM Stereo Radio with CB 7,138 $638.00
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels 28,008 $340.00
ZX2 Convenience Package 37,222 $84.00
Z78 Limited Edition Pace Car 6,502 $13,653.21


Heddman Longtube headers
Holley 600Carb
Weiand 7546 Single plain intake
True dual exhaust with Super 40 Flowmasters and C6 tips
American Racing Torque Thrust Classics 17X8
JVC AM-FM-MP3 Cd player