V.I.S.I.T. 25th Anniversary Vette Celebrates in the Hollywood Hills

In Hollywood, they're definitely down with the brown.

One of my buddies is a film director. As that’s a gig that offers a modicum of downtime, he gets in some exercise by hiking up the wending roads of the Hollywood Hills behind his house. Those be-sneakered sojourns allow him to contemplate life’s more important questions- such as why won’t Scorsese return his calls? and why do they call it a casting couch when it’s really more of a hide-a-bed? It also gives him the opportunity to snap some of the more interesting cars he sees, including this ’78 Corvette.

25 years of wavy fiberglass.

While this Vette sports the gold commemorative badge, its metal-flake root beer paint marks it as one of the anniversary-year cars not to have the two-tone silver over gray paint scheme. It does have the new for ’78 bubble back glass, although it’s fixed in place, and access to the luggage area was from inside only. If you wanted a C3 hatch, you’d have to wait for the more angular ’82s.
This is a Florida car, as evidenced by the plates. It’s also identifiable by the L-82 badges on the hood. In 1978 Californians could only get their Vettes with the 175-bhp version of the L-48, while the rest of the country could choose, as a $525 option, the 220-bhp L-82.
The interior on the ’78s received a modest refresh, but still carried a ’60s vibe with a coved flat face and deep-set gauges. The steering wheel is the same that could have been found on the contemporary Vega, which was a turn-off for many Vette owners at the time. Surprisingly, air conditioning was not a standard feature on the ’78, requiring a check on the options box and an additional $575 out the door.
Thanks for the pictures go to Hamish McCollester. Check out the trailer for his new movie Jason’s Big Problem!

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  1. superbadd75 Avatar

    I never was a fan of the plastic on these cars. The early Sting Ray was way more pure and beautiful.
    Speaking of Hollywood, today would have been Steve McQueen's 80th birthday!

  2. PFG Avatar

    Coincidentally, I saw a C3 shooting brake-conversion this afternoon driving up Barham (just down the hill from where I assume this 25th-anniversary was photographed.) Like many human beauty queens of its generation, it appeared to have spent a few hours too many in the California sun, and I'm pretty sure I saw cigarette pucker wrinkles around the front plate frame.

  3. lilwillie Avatar

    In the '70's, on acid, that looked Corvette Red.

  4. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    And people today are complaining that the steering wheel in the Vette is the same as the Cobalt. Time's a great big wheel, folks.

  5. muthalovin Avatar

    You know, I am all for brown cars, but the root-beer with metal flakes makes me vomit in my mouth.

    1. Alff Avatar

      Beauty's in the eye, I guess. My favorite C3 color, followed by taxicab yellow.

  6. muthalovin Avatar

    It truly is. I think that taxicab yellow is my favorite C3 color.

  7. lilwillie Avatar

    In the '70's, on acid, that looked Corvette Red.

  8. LTDScott Avatar

    So only one year of the C3 Vette had an opening glass hatch? I didn't know that.

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