AutoHunter Spotlight: 1980 Chevrolet Corvette

Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 1980 Chevrolet Corvette coupe. The car is being offered by a dealership in Somersworth, New Hampshire, and the auction will end on Thursday.

It’s mind-boggling to think that 1980 was nearly 45 years ago. I’m one of those people who still have a habit of back-dating everything from the year 2000 and thinking, “Oh, that was only 20 years ago.” Are you guilty of the same? In order to set the stage for viewing this Corvette, let’s put our minds in the right era: The year 1980 marked the birth of the Rubik’s Cube, CNN, and Pac Man. The top movies of the year were The Shining and The Empire Strikes Back.

Model year 1980 fell toward the end of the lifespan for the third-generation Corvette; the C3 had been around since 1968 and was overdue for a makeover, but Chevrolet hadn’t left it entirely alone all that time. In fact, 1980 was a particularly important year because the car’s front and rear ends were restyled with aerodynamic spoilers. This was also the first year that air conditioning, power windows, sport exterior mirrors, and a tilt/telescoping steering column became standard equipment. It seems Chevrolet wanted to phase the generation out on a strong note by raising the bar equipment-wise. There were 40,614 Corvettes produced for the model year, followed by a decline in both 1981 and 1982, which would mark the end of the C3.

The first thing you’ll notice about today’s featured Corvette is its unique paint scheme. The selling dealer calls the exterior color a “purple merlot,” and the metallic effect looks particularly eye-catching in direct sunlight. The third-generation Corvette didn’t offer a convertible option; the closest you could get was a removable roof panel, which this car has. The slotted mag wheels and BFGoodrich raised-white-letter tires are the perfect pairing.

Power comes from an L48 350cid V8 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. Recent service to the car included replacement of the aluminum radiator, master cylinder, alternator, and rear wheel bearings. The listing includes a video showing a drive-by, and the exhaust note sounds mean!

Perhaps it’s time you start assembling a playlist with Blondie, Pink Floyd, Olivia Newton-John, and Michael Jackson. This Corvette is begging for a weekend cruise, and the form-fitting driver seat has your name all over it.

The auction for this 1980 Chevrolet Corvette coupe ends Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 11:15 a.m. (PDT)

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