Count us among the fans of the late-C3 body style, with its molded spoilers front and rear giving a fresh update to an aging generation.
That’s why we’re eager to see how much this very nice – and very rare – 1982 Corvette coupe winds up bringing that is up for sale on Hemmings Auctions through Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
This particular car has an impressive pedigree, with just four owners driving it a total of 42,000 miles over the past 38 years. The third owner was none other than Ken Lingenfelter, who in 2008 bought Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, a company founded by his distant cousin John Lingenfelter.
The current owner is said to have spent $7,500 in maintenance and other improvements like a one-piece removable roof panel and a Bluetooth-enabled audio head unit.
The most notable thing about the car, however, may be its rare paint color – Silver Green Metallic, with just 723 Corvettes done in that shade at the Bowling Green plant. That paint is said to be “beautiful” and all original, though for the perfectionists out there, be aware that there is a small but noticeable mar in the urethane nose on the passenger side, just below the turn signal.
Also adding to the exterior appeal are turbine-style wheels used on the ’82 Collector Edition.
The interior, done in matching Silver Green, remains in very nice original condition for the most part, with only a couple of small checks in the driver’s seat cover, a small quarter-inch hole in the carpet next to the driver-side sill plate, and a four-inch diameter worn-out spot on the door panel where the driver’s elbow rested.
Mechanically, the original, never-rebuilt stock L83 350 V8 with Cross-Fire Injection, is said to start easily, with no smoke, though like many CFI cars, it does idle a little roughly after being cranked up. The owner has installed new spark plugs and plug wires, and the 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly with no clunks or noises.
New shocks and bushings were installed a couple of years ago, and the master cylinder, calipers, rotors, and pads were replaced then, too. BFGoodrich Radial T/As complete the mechanical picture and have just 2,000 miles on them. Receipts of the work done by the last two owners are available, along with a clean CARFAX report that shows no accidents or other damage.
It all adds up to what appears to be one of the more solid C3s available, with the added bonuses of being in a rare color and with a well-known former owner, that has been well maintained and can be driven without worry.
How much would you pay for this beautiful C3?
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