VEHICLE FEATURES & OPTIONS
Maintenance Records, Owner's Manual, AM/FM Radio, CD Player, T-Tops, Air
Conditioning, Heat, Tilt Wheel, Leather Interior, Cruise Control, Power Brakes,
Power Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows, Seatbelts, Four Wheel Disc Brakes,
Fuel Injection, Numbers Matching
Despite the Collector's Edition name, the special gray 1982 Corvette was anything
but, with a significant number of that year's production being such vehicles. As
a result, cars like this clean two-tone blue Corvette are somewhat rarer, with a
fraction as many being produced. And to many, the 1982 Corvette represents
the pinnacle of C3 engineering and development, making them the ones to own
if you're a serious collector.
The two-tone blue finish on this car is how it came from the factory (code
24/26 Silver Blue over Dark Blue) and looks awesome on the '82 model's
dramatic curves. Any C3 'Vette is a sight to see, but by the time this car was
built, the design had been refined to the point where it was instantly recognizable
anywhere in the world. With no signs of previous accidents and a brilliant shine,
there will be no chance of keeping a low profile in this fantastic plastic Corvette.
Panel fit is about what you got with your new Corvette in 1982, good, but not
perfect, but it's obvious that this car has always been properly cared for. The
only demerit is a crack on the hood that came from the bracing underneath,
but otherwise this is one clean 'Vette. All the original emblems were reinstalled,
including the cross-fire injection badges on the front fenders which were unique
to the 1982 model year.
A matching blue leather interior offers deep, plush power buckets that are
every bit as comfortable as they look, and do an above-average job of keeping
you in place during spirited maneuvers. They show light wear that's entirely in
line with the car's age and mileage, and absolutely no rips or tears in the material.
All the gauges work, and I'm especially fond of the steering wheel wrapped in
black leather, which is low-key and stylish. A 4-speed automatic transmission
was a new fuel-saving measure in 1982, and the only transmission available in
the Corvette that year, so that's what sits in the center console. This one also
features things like A/C, cruise control, power windows, power locks, and a tilt
wheel, adding to the Corvette's luxury/performance mission, as well as a newer
AM/FM/CD stereo head unit. Even the blue carpets are in very good shape with
only light fading, which isn't surprising since this car has spent a lot of its life in
warm, dry Arizona.
The Cross-Fire Injection was an early version of throttle-body fuel injection,
and makes a nice, round 200 horsepower in the 1982 Corvette. The engine bay
in this one is nicely preserved, befitting its mileage, with the large dual air filter
unit dominating the top of the engine itself. It's quite clean under the hood,
suggesting that someone has always loved this car, and everything is as the
factory intended with none of the usual modifications you find on small block
Chevys. Underneath, it's very clean with a correct 2-1-2 exhaust system that
looks quite recent and more evidence of life lived in the desert. A composite
leaf spring is another C3 innovation that would foreshadow the equipment in
the upcoming C4, and that, too, is still in place. 1982 Corvettes came with
some of the most beautiful ally wheels of the period, with these surrounded
with 225/70/15 BF Goodrich T/A radials.