1982 Chevrolet C3 Corvette Collector Edition


  • Presented in handsome, original condition
  • 5.7-litre V8, automatic transmission
  • Final edition of the classic C3 Corvette
  • MOT to May 2024
  • Gearbox rebuilt by Corvette specialists in 2019
  • Holley four-barrel conversion with Edelbrock inlet manifold

The Appeal

For many years, it has been a bone of contention for us that we were never able to officially buy the C3 Corvette in the UK. Its delicious combination of lightweight construction, swooping, almost organic bodywork and massive V8 powertrains makes it quite an impactful machine. 

Of course, the lack of official availability has not stopped right-minded individuals from importing them over the years. And that’s what we have here – a fine, largely unmodified and original example of the final edition of the C3: the Collector Edition.

Imported from the US in 2019, it is now offered with a fresh MOT, ready and raring to go. Whether you choose to use and enjoy it as is, replete with its genuine patina, or use it as a basis for further improvement, we’re sure it’s going to turn heads and win hearts wherever you take it…

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The History and Paperwork

  • 1982 MY car
  • Final edition of the C3 – Collector Edition
  • 1 of 6,759 examples sold
  • 10,445 miles indicated on a five-figure odometer, so we believe it has gone around the clock
  • Two UK owners since import in April 2019
  • Current owner since November 2019
  • Gearbox rebuilt by marque specialists in December 2019
  • Current MOT to May 2024, with no advisories
  • Previous failure items and advisories have been attended too
  • We’re told that the car has been kept dry-stored by the owner

The Interior

  • Handsome ‘Silver Beige’ interior trim level
  • Multi-hued leather door panels, which were renewed this year, and original seat covers
  • The upholstery generally appears to be in good condition for its age, with some wear and patina to the seat covers and a burst seam on the driver’s side
  • We note that both seats exhibit some sagging and may benefit from re-stuffing or new foam
  • Correct specification beige carpeting - replaced throughout the cabin this year
  • New seat belts have been installed this year, as the original items were fraying
  • Modern Pioneer CD/radio system
  • Electric windows and door mirrors
  • Aftermarket sports steering wheel, although the original item is present and comes with the car
  • Full bank of gauges and instruments in the centre console
  • All of the trim and switchgear presents in very good condition, with nothing apparently missing and all of it appearing to be in factory specification
  • The vendor reports no faults or issues with any of the cabin’s functions
  • There is a useful luggage area behind the seats that can easily be accessed by the hinged, frameless rear glass hatch

The Exterior

  • As with all ‘Collector Edition’ C3s, the car is finished in the unique ‘Silver Beige’ colour scheme, with brown pinstriping and “fading shadow” motifs to the bonnet and sides
  • Overall, the paint looks to be in presentable and decent original condition, with some blemishes, scuffs and chips in places, but nothing that would concern us
  • The fibreglass bodywork appears to be in fine fettle, with no obvious cracks or misalignments we could discern
  • Iconic pop-up headlamps working well
  • Bronzed glass roof panels, which easily remove for a full targa driving experience
  • There is some fading and wear evident on the badging and branding around the car, but it all appears to be present and correct
  • The glass elements and light lenses look nice and clear, with no cracks or chips we could see
  • Correct finned wheel design – inspired by the optional cast aluminium wheels of the 1967 car – presented in good order and shod with a matched set of Cooper Cobra tyres
  • The vendor tells us that the underside of the car is straight and solid, with no issues reported

The Mechanics

  • 350ci (5.7-litre) naturally aspirated V8
  • Cross-Fire injection system replaced with a Holley four-barrel carburettor and Edelbrock inlet manifold, as the Cross-Fire system is legendarily unreliable
  • Four-speed automatic transmission – rebuilt in December 2019 by Lincolnshire Corvette and Classics Ltd, including the installation of a new flexplate
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Cruise control system
  • Reported to run and drive well, with no mechanical problems reported by the vendor


As the final edition of the legendary C3 Corvette, the Collector Edition is a special thing with many unique elements. The fact that this charmingly patinated example is presented in such complete and unmodified condition is really quite special. If you’ve always fancied parking a Corvette on the drive – and let’s face it, we all have – then this would be a marvellous choice that can be driven as-is but offers room for improvement too.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1982
  • Make Chevrolet
  • Model Corvette
  • Colour Silver Beige
  • Odometer 10,445 Miles
  • Engine size 5700
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Leicester
  • Location Leicestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
38 bids
  • Ya•••• £14,250 31/05/23
  • Ya•••• £13,900 31/05/23
  • gr•••• £13,500 31/05/23
  • Ya•••• £13,100 31/05/23
  • st•••• £12,751 31/05/23
  • Ya•••• £12,501 31/05/23
  • gr•••• £12,250 31/05/23
  • Ya•••• £12,000 31/05/23
  • gr•••• £11,250 31/05/23
  • Ya•••• £11,000 31/05/23

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