This is what a barn-fresh 1978 Corvette Pace Car with 13 miles looks like

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Due to the fact 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Cars were predicted to be a future collectible, many were put into long term storage and driven very rarely. This particular example was driven only 13 miles.

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33 years later, the cars still aren't particularly collectible. This is partially due to the fact finding a low mileage example is still very easy and partially because 1978 Corvettes aren't the greatest cars ever built. Having said that, coming across a barn fresh example of a 1978 Corvette Pace Car with only 13 miles on it is still hardly an everyday occurrence.

This car was pulled from a barn in Detroit, Mi last month and relocated, complete with over a decade of dust, to Plymouth, Ma—a few short miles from Weekend Jalopnik world headquarters. Like many of the other 6,502 Pace Cars built in 1978 this 'Vette was originally purchased as an investment and never driven. It changed hands a few times until the last owner put the car in a barn in 1995 where it sat covered in boxes until last month.

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According to the dealer offering the car for sale, this barn fresh Corvette started right up and still has the "new car smell" you might expect from a brand new 33 year old car with a mere 13 miles. Price is currently unlisted, but we're guessing someone might actually make some money on someone else's decision to put a then-new Corvette in mothballs for more than three decades.

[CorvetteMike via Hemmings]

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BlownCobra
Get Offa My Lawn I'm Eaton It

Okay, sorry to be the Old Guy here but, hey. I am. Don't be fooled by horsepower numbers. In that era, 220 hp was impressive, believe it or not. Twin turbos? Excellent. Remember also that forced-induction was possible—without hand-grenading the engine—because (unlike the L48), the L82 had a forged bottom end. Unheard of during Malaise. The emission controls severely throttled the hp, but were easily removed. If you like the LT1s of '70-'71 (or, less fortunately, up to '73), the L82 was essentially the same, insanely strong SBC—including the 'polished turd' aluminum intake (Which, since the '70s—actually worked quite well.) Guys are so proud today when they make another 10 hp in their Civics. And making that much 'extra' hp is cool. Back then, though—tear the emission controls off, re-jet the Qjet or go with a Holley, do headers and a decent exhaust—and you'd be making seriously fun numbers. Sure, times have changed. One generation will always make fun of the other. That's life. But, each has its own knowledge set and baseline of things to work with. It was easy to make more hp back then—especially with the incredibly thrashable, hoonable, basically bulletproof LT1/L82 internals enabling you to over-rev all day long without a hiccup, if you so desired.

I, too, enjoy that generation of Vette, over-the-top styling, limited visibility, and all. Drove so damned many of them. Do they meet today's performance/weight/economy standards? No. No argument there. Can they be easily modded to keep up with and surpass today's cars? Sure. The platform is there and it's a good one.

Speed costs money. How fast do you wanna go?