• Oct 24, 2011
Just when we thought the heyday of pristine barn finds had all but dried up, cars like this one bubble to the surface. Back in 1978, Chevrolet celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Corvette by pacing the Indianapolis 500 and releasing a handful of special-edition pace car replicas to the public. Just 6,502 of the black and silver Corvette models were ever produced, and the vehicles sold out quickly. Sensing a potential future collectible, the original owner of this 1978 Chevrolet Corvette pace car bought the car and tucked it away in his garage.

In 1995, the owner sold his house and had the Corvette pace car transferred to a Detroit-area storage facility, where it was locked away for good under a pile of boxes. Now the car is being offered for sale through Corvette Mike New England. According to the site, the original tires still hold air, and surprisingly enough, the engine still runs. We had to wince a little when we heard that the seller decided to run the original half-tank of gasoline through the engine. Dropping the fuel tank and draining the system surely couldn't have been that hard.

Head over to Corvette Mike New England to see a full gallery of the car and click past the jump for quick walk-around video. There's no word on exactly how much this macho '70s machine will set you back, but we're guessing it won't be cheap.



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      Jeremy Brosnan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not really a barn find, owner knew where it was, just did nothing with it. More like a neglected investment.
      The Other Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      While finding a car like this is cool, I cannot understand someone who buys a car and never DRIVES IT!
      Solider 95B
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing how the white lettering on the tires have already been rubbed off from hitting the curb.
      Marcel
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's like time capsule. Amazing.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love seeing stuff like this. Being able to see a vehicle as it was back when it was new without the intervention of restoration.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just found one with 2 miles on it . sitting in barn, he never start it up the day he got it.still smell like new!!
      Pat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish tire stripes came back! Red or white!
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice!
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 3 Years Ago
      Should be interesting since I don't know too many people who prefer to keep a pace car plus the typical value of a Vette of this era is 10k or so... Really the low miles only has value to someone who is going to continue to store it IMHO.
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Timothy Tibbetts
        Barrett Jackson recently auctioned a '78 Pace car identical to this one, but with just over 2k miles on it. Went for almost $50k. I'm sure they can get at least double that amount for a car with this mileage.
          Andre Neves
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          Just saw a Barret Jackson video right now of a '78 Pace Car just like this one being sold for $70k. Don't know how many miles, but I'm sure no where near what this one has.
      moderate fringe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not that rare to find with near no miles. You can go to ebaymotors and find another one or a collectors edition '82 or the pace car "78? For some reason people thought these were the most amazing ever to be built and must not be driven. I guess it was the 85mph Speedos that sold people on this as it was a sign of things to come, motor law? You rarely don't see this before '78 The owners should have bought a nice '67 427 or Cobra for less.. Also near no mileage 76 El Dorado convertibles are common since people thought there would never be another ragtop. Early Viper is another people do this with since no car would ever have more power. Saw a Iroc with near no miles I'd rather have. Front spoiler had never even been installed.
      Matt Hopkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      A friend has one exactly like this one with 18 miles on it. It was on the showroom floor of a small Chevrolet dealership in Garberville, Ca. from 1978 until about 1998 when the dealership went out of business. He bought it along with several other classic Chevrolets the dealer had stored in the back. And yes it is quite a job to drop the fuel tank out of this particular model commonly referred to a C-3, As in third generation Corvette, built from 1968 to 1982.
        SLOTURBO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt Hopkins
        Cool, glad to see garberville on the map for good reasons. my family has some property outside garberville.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      still ugly after all these years....
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