eBay Find of the Day: 55-Mile ’78 Corvette Pace Car Time Machine

With just 55 miles showing on the odometer, this car likely rivals any Indianapolis 500 pace car currently around, bar those in the IMS museum. Eleven days remain for you to pick up this gem for $36,900 purchase, or to make a best offer on it. As the first year for the Corvette to pace the Indianapolis 500, 1978 was also it’s 25th Anniversary sporting a significant redesign.

The two tone, silver and black paint treatment was unique to the Pace Car replicas, of which just over 6,500 were made. The first 300 units came equipped with special Goodyear tires that had the word ‘Corvette’ molded in the sidewall.

Verifying one of these cars as authentic is as easy as checking the VIN. All of the 1978 pace cars had a unique serial number, where the 8th character is a ‘9’. All other Corvettes used a ‘4’ in that spot.

According to the seller, this example retains its original window sticker, starting instructions and the protective plastic on the seats. Equipment includes the L-82 350 cui V8 engine and automatic transmission.

The car also comes with air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power door locks, tilt and telescopic steering column, mirrored glass roof panels, rear defrost, the original AM/FM radio and aluminum Rally Wheels with the original Goodyear GT white letter tires.

Suitable for a serious collector or museum, this Corvette pace Car replica is a unique find for the right buyer. Sometimes we wonder why people put cars away like this, but when they emerge 33 years later, it almost seems a shame to put them back on the road – not that such wouldn’t be a unique experience by itself. Talk about a time machine…

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Don Roy

Don's background includes 14 years in the OEM and Tier2 domestic auto industry, as well as three years as Technical Editor of a muscle car enthusiast print magazine. He is a mechanical engineer by trade and completed his first project car when he was 16 years old - after rebuilding the engine in his bedroom. His hobbies include photography, film making and building the odd robot from time to time.
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