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1978 was a year of significant changes to the C3 Corvette. A new "fastback" design which made for a smoother silhouette and answered criticisms of limited luggage space; owners now had storage similar to the mid-years Corvette coupes. Also like the mid-years coupes, access to the area was through the seats and inconvenient. A hatchback opening would be available in 1982. A retractable cover provided sun protection and security. One drawback to the new design was that the interior would heat up on sunny days, placing increased demands on the air conditioning.
A new temporary space saving spare tire enabled the installation of a new 24 gallon (previously 17 gallon) fuel tank, increasing the driving range between fill-ups, a previous Corvette complaint.
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The interior, which was starting to look dated, was upgraded for 1978. The gauges, while still round, were set in a more squared off area. A glove box replaced the map pockets located in front of the passenger. CB (Citizens Band) radios were a booming fad in 1978 and a AM-FM stereo with CB (RPO UP6; $638.00 - ouch!) was available. One antenna was called on to provide for the AM-FM and CB functions, so its performance was compromised.
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Corvette engine choices had been decreasing since the glory years of the mid year Corvettes and in 1978 it was narrowed down to two choices: The standard base engine which was a 350 cubic inch 185 horsepower unit and the L-82 ($525.00), which was a solid lifter version rated at 220 horsepower. 12,739 or 27.23% were sold.
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Aluminum Wheels, RPO YJ8. They were an option starting in 1976 and were available thru 1978. Cost was $340.00 and only four were shipped with each Corvette; the spare was a steel wheel. 28,008 or 59.88% of the total 1978 Corvette production were sold.