Corvette C3 of the Week

1980 C3 Corvette

Martin writes:

As a young boy about 11 years old I saw my first Corvette (that I paid attention to) sitting in a parking lot.  All I remember was it being the most beautiful car I had ever seen.  Since that day the image of that car stuck in my head.  As I got older I started looking at the different years and decided on the later C3's.  I purchased a 1981 red L48 from a classic car dealer about an hour from where I live.  He had it certified and cleaned up and ready to go.  I drove it home that day and for the next several days my wife and I had a great time with it around town.  I took it into a local body shop to do a small paint repair on the front bumper.  The guy at the shop indicated the car was not in as good of condition as I originally thought.  I took it back to the dealer and got my money back for it but never lost the bug.  Over the next 2 years I continued to look.  One day my daughters friend's father and his daughter came by to pick up my daughter and he noticed another classic car I had in my garage (1964 Pontiac Parisienne - Canadian car).  We got talking and one thing led to another and as it turned out he had a 1980 C3 in his garage he was looking to sell.  I took the car out for a run and to a local garage to put it on a hoist.  The car was so clean, I could not believe it.  We finally reached a deal and I took it home.  Since then I have done a lot of work to it to get it the way I wanted the car.  It is now our weekend cruiser, never winter driven and always stored in our garage.

This is my 1980 L48 with approx 40,000 Miles, (60,000 KM here in Canada).

There is about 3000 Miles on a completely rebuilt engine.

Complete Edelbrock Performer package with the following add-ons:
(heads, intake, cam, lifters).

Comp Cams roller rocker set
Marche under drive pulley set
7 blade flex fan (with spacer)
Edelbrock 600 carb - larger rods and jets
K&N 14X3 filter (drop base with spacer)
Flow Tech headers
Re-cored rad
all new hoses and belts
KYB Gas Adjust shocks
new Good Year Eagle GT II 255 60 15 tires
fibreglass (TRW) leaf spring


1980 C3 Corvette

1980 C3 Corvette