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The Corvette That Dared to Be Different

⚡️ Read the full article on Motorious

A Lime Green Trip Down Memory Lane.


If classic cars could talk, oh, the stories they would spin! There's a fresh, zesty twist in the tale of the Chevrolet Corvette lineage. A particular 1978 Corvette, a model renowned for its Silver Anniversary Edition, has stepped back into the limelight after a 20-year hiatus. But here's the kicker: It's not silver. It's lime green!

The third-generation Chevrolet Corvette, birthed in 1968, enjoyed a 14-year production run, witnessing the highs of the muscle car era and the lows of the malaise phase. By 1978, as the Corvette turned 25, Chevrolet marked the milestone with two special editions: the Indy 500 Pace Car and the Silver Anniversary. The Silver Anniversary version, as envisioned by Bill Mitchell, sported a classy two-tone silver finish, a feature not seen since 1961. This package, which cost buyers an additional $399 (and another $380 for mandatory mirrors and wheels), was a hit, accounting for almost one-third of Corvette's total sales that year.

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However, the Corvette in question boldly went off the script. Modified to an extent that it shrugged off its Silver Anniversary roots, it opted for a more rebellious, lime green finish, reminiscent of Dodge and Plymouth's glory days. This audacious paint job made this 'Vette a unique specimen—a Silver Anniversary edition that wasn’t, in fact, silver.

Thanks to "Vice Grip Garage" on YouTube, this long-forgotten gem was unearthed after two decades under a protective tarp. Underneath that flashy exterior and reupholstered interiors, the heart of the classic—a 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) V8 engine—still beats. And with some elbow grease, it sprang back to life.

The journey wasn't without hiccups. Battling heating issues and faulty lines, driving this classic 750 miles to its new home was no breezy trip. Yet it persevered, promising a return to the roads.

While the next chapter of this Corvette's story remains unwritten (will it stay lime or return to its silver roots?), one can't help but admire its audacious hue. The metallic lime, juxtaposed with the C3's bold lines, makes this Corvette a vivid embodiment of its era: audacious, distinctive, and unapologetically cool.


Motorious would like to thank FindingOldCars.com for providing content on vehicles left in fields, barns, wrecking yards, swamps, and backyards that are a homage to days gone by. In some cases there is value to the wreckage left in the boneyard for restoration, and then in other cases it's simply the artistic value of the photography. Finding Old Cars is on a mission to give these cars a place in the modern world.

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