Total 1980 Corvettes Built- 40,614, All Coupes

How many other cars can you name at a single glance? That should tell you something about the continuing uniqueness of Corvette. It could very well be the most recognizable car on the road today. It has a host of imitators. But none of them catch your eye with such striking authority. Because Corvette remains what they can only aspire to be. A legend. Still the only true American production sports car. Since 1953, Corvette has claimed a special place in the hearts of those who love cars. It has captured that fine line between dreams and reality. Corvette for 1980. The legend lives on. As you can see, Corvette engineers have been successful once again in refining this legendary classic. The new aerodynamically designed front bumper cover now features an integral air fam and deeply recessed grille and parking lights. And functional air exhaust louvers were added to the front fender air vents. They’re black in keeping with many other styling accents.
Other exterior highlights include a new hood with a lower profile. New rear bumper cover with integral rear spoiler. New flag emblems. New rear lights. And cornering lights, new to Corvette as well as being standard, are fully automatic. The lights are illuminated by the turn signal when the headlights are on and are turned off when the signal is cancelled. Inside there’s a new rich, ribbed pattern cloth interior. And for the driver, a standard sliding sun shield to help cut down on the side sun for added comfort.

And there’s good news for those who like their Corvettes luxuriously equipped. For 1980, the Corvette comes complete with air conditioning, dual Sport mirrors, power windows, Tilt-Telescopic steering wheel, and a convenience group which consists of comforting items like time-delay dome and courtesy lights and intermittent windshield wipers. But don’t get the idea that the Corvette is dedicated only to comfort and convenience. It’s still one great sports machine. In fact, an extensive weight reduction program has lowered the 1980 Corvette’s weight by hundreds of pounds compared to last year. With a 5.7 Liter 4-Bbl. V8 still the standard engine (5.0 Liter in California). Result? Better weight efficiency.

For 1980, Corvette remains one trim machine – with enough comfort and convenience features to add pleasure to the sport. Its list of standards speak for itself. New standards for 1980: Air conditioning, cornering lights, power windows, Tilt-Telescopic steering wheel, dual, remote control sport mirrors, convenience group (includes time-delay dome and courtesy lights, headlight warning buzzer, under hood light, low fuel warning light, color-keyed floor mats, intermittent windshield wipers and a passenger-side illuminated visor vanity mirror). More Standards: 5.7 Liter (5.0 Liter in California) 4-Bbl. V8 engine, automatic transmission or four-speed fully synchronized transmission (except California), AM/FM radio, high energy ignition system, steel-belted radial ply tires, power disc brakes at all four wheels, limited slip rear axle, fully independent four-wheel suspension system, power steering, exhaust valve rotators for even wear, Delco Freedom battery never need refilling. Sealed side terminals help prevent corrosion buildup, Delcotron generator with built-in solid-state regulator, hydraulic valve lifters, large-diameter front stabilizer bar, wide 15” x 8” wheels, removable roof panels, tinted glass in all windows, heavy-gage frame structure with corrosion-resistant coating, energy-absorbing honeycomb cushion front bumper system. Energy-absorbing rear bumper system with twin hydraulic cylinders, Hide-A-Way windshield wipers with integral washers in wiper arms. Power-operated retractable headlights, high-rise front fenders with functional louvers, corrosion-resistant steel-reinforced fiberglass body with a steel partial-frame underbody, built-in anti-theft audio alarm system control switch integral with driver’s door lock, special custom interior with choice of cloth/leather or all-leather seating surfaces (day/night inside rearview mirror, sport-styled 3-spoke steering wheel, aircraft-style center console, tachometer 7000 rpm), electric clock, ammeter, oil pressure, fuel and temperature gages, separate trip odometer, console-mounted parking brake control, cut-pile carpeting, color-keyed seat belts, folding seat back latches, roof courtesy light with automatic door switches underfloor stowage compartment.

Engine Selections: Standard 5.7 Liter V8, this modern, large-bore engine of short-stroke design with rugged cast-iron heads, manifolds and cylinder block is very willing and able on the highway while showing impressive low-speed operation for around-town cruising. Also impressive are its refinements over ’79 models: new exhaust pipes for improved flow and lighter weight metals used on selected components.  Available Special 5.7 Liter L82 V8: This performer features a higher lift cam than the standard Corvette V8, has special heads with impact-extruded pistons, a forged steel crankshaft, with each main bearing cap secured by four bolts, plus finned, aluminum rocker arm covers to help dissipate heat.


Engine Ordering Code Displacement (Cu.In.) Engine Availability 4-Speed Manual (1) Automatic (1)
5.7 Liter 4-Bbl. V8 (A) L48 350 Std. Std. (2)
5.7 Liter 4-Bbl. V8 (A) L82 350 EC NA Std.
5.0 Liter 4-Bbl. V8 (A) LG4 305 Std. NA Std.

Std. – Standard                 NA-Not Available              EC-Available at Extra Cost
(1) With console-mounted shift control
(2) Available in place of standard 4-Speed manual transmission at no extra cost
(A) Produced by GM
Long recommended Service Intervals (under normal operating conditions): Change engine oil every 12 months or 7,500 miles. Change oil filter every 12 months or first 7,500 miles; every 15,000 miles thereafter. Spark plugs up to 30,000 miles. Chassis lubrication every 12 months or 7,500 miles. Automatic Transmission Fluid change every 100,000 miles.

Dimensions (Inches)
Wheelbase 98.0
Length (overall) 185.3
Width (overall) 69.0
Height (loaded) 48.0
Tread-Front 58.7
Tread-Rear 59.5
Head Room 36.2
Leg Room 42.1
Hip Room 49.9
Shoulder Room 47.5
Usable Luggage Capacity (cu. ft.) 8.4