1982 Corvette


1982 Corvette
Shark production since 1968 totaled a smashing 542,861 units when the last of the 1982 Corvettes were built. No other Corvette generation had lasted so long, and it's quite likely that no future one will have the same staying power either.

The 1982 Corvette was the first since 1955 to come without an available manual gearbox. Its only available transmission was a newly standard four-speed automatic, which was basically the previous three-speed Turbo-Hydra-Matic with a long-striding overdrive fourth gear tacked on. As before, there was a torque converter lockup effective on all forward gears except first, governed by the engine's electronic control unit.

Other mechanical changes for 1982 included the addition of an in-tank electric fuel pump and a new solenoid-operated trap door in the hood that opened at full throttle for better breathing. The air filter, which had previously contained charcoal, reverted to plain paper. The exhaust system was extensively redesigned around a significantly smaller and lighter catalytic converter.

Cosmetic alterations were limited to small "Cross-Fire Injection" labels above the front-fender vents and a two-tone paint option that recalled the 1978 Silver Anniversary treatment: silver over a deep burgundy, separated by a red pinstripe.

For the generation's last hurrah, Chevrolet issued another commemorative "Collector's Edition" model. However, recalling its experience with bogus 1978 Pace Car Replicas, the division handled the 1982 series differently, building the special model only "as needed" to satisfy customer orders (though about the same number -- 6,759 -- would be built). Unique vehicle identification number plates were affixed to further deter someone from turning a standard car into the Collector's Edition.

In many ways, the 1982 Corvette was the best C3 of all. Setting it apart were cloisonné emblems on the hood, rear deck, and steering wheel; silver-beige metallic paint with graduated shadow-like contrast striping on the hood and bodysides; bronze-tint glass T-tops; and finned "turbine" alloy wheels like the ones first seen on the 1963 Sting Ray. Inside were matching silver-beige leather upholstery and door trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and luxury carpeting. A less obvious difference was this version's frameless lift-up glass hatch, which had been omitted from the 1978 restyle because of cost considerations. Incidentally, it was not available on the base 1982 Corvette, though several aftermarket suppliers had turned to offering this as a conversion for "glassback" models.

1982 Corvette
New for 1982 was the Collector Edition, with a unique lift-up rear window and specific paint and trim. It listed for $22,537, versus $18,290 for the regular coupe.

What's more, the Collector Edition carried the dubious distinction of being the first Corvette to break the $20,000 price barrier, listing at $22,538 -- which was a far cry from the $4,663 it had taken to buy a nicely equipped 1968 model.

With 10 extra horsepower and again blessed with fuel injection, the latest small-block Corvette showed definite performance gains despite being hobbled by the economy-minded automatic transmission. Road & Track timed it hitting the quarter-mile in 16.1 seconds at 84.5 mph and accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds.

Yet perhaps because a new model was known to be near, and aggravated by an ailing national economy, production fell to 25,407 units for '82, the lowest Corvette total since 1967.

But through its long and controversial run, the C3 would mark its place in automotive history as a true survivor. The passing years -- despite the array of adversity that came with them -- had been kind to the Shark, and the car never lost sight of its essential mission and character.

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1978 Corvette
1979 Corvette 1980 Corvette
1981 Corvette 1982 Corvette

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1982 Corvette Specifications

The Shark reached the end of its long road for 1982 with one final round of improvements. Here are the specifications for the 1982 Corvette:

 

1982 Corvette
A new L83 V-8 for the 1982 Corvette delivered 200 strong bhp via "Cross-Fire" fuel injection, the first "fuelie" Corvette since 1965.

 

Vehicle Specifications
Coupe/Hatchback
Wheelbase, inches
98.0
Length, inches
185.3
Width, inches
69.0
Track, inches
front: 58.7 rear: 59.4
Height, inches
48.0
Curb weight, pounds
3,345

Mechanical Specifications (2-door coupe/hatchback)

Suspension
front: Independent; upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers, antiroll bar
rear: Independent, lateral leaf springs, struts, U-joint halfshafts, trailing arms, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers

Wheels/Tires
P225/70R-15
P255/60R15 (Collector Edition)

Brakes
front: 11.75-inch disc
rear: 11.75-inch disc

Transmission
3-speed Hydra-Matic

Standard axle ratio
2.72:1

Engine Specifications

Type ohv V-8
Displacement, liters/cubic inch
5.7/350
Bore X stroke, inches4.00 X 3.48
Fuel management
Cross-Fire Throttle Body Fuel Injection
Horsepower @ rpm
200 @ 4,200
Torque @ rpm, pound-foot
283 @ 2,800

Published Performance Numbers

Acceleration200 hp, 2-speed automatic
0-60 mph, second
7.9
0-100 mph, second
24.8
1/4-mile, second @ mph
16.1 @ 85

Vehicle Production and Base Prices

Car Type
Production Price
2-door coupe
18,648 $18,290.07
Corvette Collector Edition Hatchback
6,759
22,537.59

Options and Production

Option Production Price
Power Door Locks
23,936
$155.00
Power Driver Seat
22,585
197.00
Removable Glass Roof Panels
14,763
443.00
Rear Window Defogger
16,886
129.00
Electric Sport Mirrors
20,301
125.00
Two-Tone Paint
4,871
428.00
Gymkhana Suspension
5,457
61.00
Cruise Control24,313
165.00
Aluminum Wheels16,844
458.00
White Letter SBR Tires, P255/70R15
5,93280.00
White Letter SBR Tires, P255/60R1519,070542.52
Radio Delete
150
-124.00
AM/FM Radio, etr stereo w/8-track tape
923
386.00
AM/FM Radio, etr stereo w/cassette
20,355
423.00
AM/FM Radio, etr stereo w/cassette & CB
1,987
755.00
AM/FM Radio, stereo1,533
101.00
Power Antenna
15,557
60.00
Heavy Duty Cooling
6,006
57.00
Roof Panel Carrier
1,992
144.00
California Emission Certification
4,951
46.00

Color Choices and Production

Color Choice
Production
White
2,975
Black
2,357
Dark Blue
562
Charcoal1,093
Gold
648
Red
2,155
White/Silver664
Silver/Dark Claret
1,301
Silver
711
Silver Blue
1,124
Bright Blue
567
Silver Green
723
Silver Beige
6,759
Dark Claret
853
Silver/Charcoal
1,239
Silver Blue/Dark Blue
1,667

Learn about other Corvettes in this generation:

1978 Corvette
1979 Corvette 1980 Corvette
1981 Corvette 1982 Corvette

Looking for more information on Corvettes and other cars? See:

  • Corvettes: Learn about the history behind each model year and see Corvette photographs.
  • Corvette Specifications: Get key specifications, engine and transmission types, prices, and production totals.
  • Corvette Museum: The National Corvette Museum draws Corvette lovers from all over the world. Learn more about the museum.
  • Corvette Pictures: Find pictures of the hottest classic and current-year Corvettes.
  • Muscle Cars: Get information on more than 100 tough-guy rides.
  • Consumer Guide Corvette Reviews: Considering a Corvette purchase? See what Consumer Guide has to say.