1980 Chevrolet Corvette C3 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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After an affordable classic that makes a statement? Hard to go past the C3 Corvette!

Corvette collecting can be hard to get your head around, with prices varying wildly between generations – and even between variants within those generations.

The most lucrative collectors gravitate towards the early C1 and C2 generations for their acclaimed and much-loved styling.


The later C3 generation straddles the line between mainstream appeal and accessibility; gaining much of those gorgeous swoopy lines, big V8s while not being too prohibitively expensive.

You can step into a C3 Corvette with even more savings if you can forego the much-loved chrome bumpers, with post-1973 cars gaining a fibreglass nose cone and rear fascia.


This 1980 Corvette C3 presents as delivered with its numbers-correct 350ci small-block V8 and three-speed automatic. The car is a late-production example and lived much of its life in California.

This year gained electric windows, tilt and telescopic steering column and power locks as standard, with this particular example complimented by an aftermarket timber dash.


The car is said to be in good condition throughout, though could use door some new door rubbers and seals.

The car is based in Queensland and is listed for $18,950 with 97,299 miles showing.

You can check out the full listing here!


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