1982 Chevrolet Corvette C3 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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If you can forego the chrome-bumper premium, the C3 Corvette might be the most bang-for-buck muscle car around

While locally-made Australian classics have been subject to huge price rises over the past few years, American classics may arguably offer more value for the dollar – for anyone after a recreational weekend vehicle.

The C3 Corvette may be one of the best bang-for-buck buys and offers an iconic silhouette, a characterful V8 and a healthy dose of road presence. But the Corvette market can be confusing, with values fluctuating between generations, and even between variants within those generations.


Most collectors will gravitate towards the earlier C1 and C2 generations for their much-loved design, while later C3 generations straddle the line between mainstream appeal and affordable accessibility. They retain much of the gorgeous swooping lines, and V8 engines, whilst not being too prohibitively expensive.

Within the C3 generation there are even more savings to be had if you can forgo the requisite chrome-bumpers, with post-1973 vehicles gaining a fibreglass nose cone and rear fascia.


This 1982 model comes fitted with the crossfire-injected 350ci small-block V8, backed by a four-speed automatic. Fitted with power steering, seats, windows and door locks, the C3 Corvette blends classic muscle motoring with just enough conveniences.

Wearing its factory hue of silver blue over dark blue interior, the car also comes fitted with rare ‘Gymkhana suspension’ – option code FE7 – which comprises of a beefier front sway bar, added rear sway bar and heavier-rated springs.


According to the seller, this car was sourced from Mecum and originally brought to Australia on behalf of Australian boxing champion Tim Tszyu.

It looks like a great entry-level Corvette for anyone after an attitude-filled weekend cruiser.

You can find the C3 ‘Vette in Queensland, listed for $26,500.

Check out the full listing here!


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