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The 1982 Chevrolet Corvette

1982 Collector Edition Corvette

The last year of the body style that was introduced in 1968 as well as the frame that was introduced in 1963. No manual transmission cars were built this year, the first time since 1955. The new "Cross-Fire" fuel injection was introduced with computers controlling two fuel injectors making up to 80 adjustments per second to enhance drivability and fuel economy. This was the first fuel injected Corvette in 20 years, it also raised horsepower by 10. A solenoid operates a small flap in the hood allowing fresh air into the engine during full-throttle acceleration. A new automatic transmission has locking in all but first gear. The exhaust system was re-engineered to use smaller catalytic converters. 1982 was the first year a Corvette base price exceeded $20,000. This was the collector edition and 6,759 were produced. The collector edition was unique in the fact that it was a hatchback with the rear glass opening to allow access to the storage area. The collector edition also had unique bronze solar screened t-tops. Also the crossed-flags emblem read "Collectors Edition" around the edge. The seats and steering wheel continued the two-tone color scheme as well. The Bowling Green plant closed in October of 1982 to begin re-tooling for the new 1984 C4 Corvette.

Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1982 Corvettes Built - 25,407

Serial numbers: 1G1AYx7x6C5100001 to 1G1AYx7x6C512408

The "Vehicle Identification Number" (also VIN or serial number) is stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield. The VIN Tag ending in 00017 was lost during production and never built.
Position Character Description
1 1 US built
2 G General Motors Product
3 1 Chevrolet Motor Division Vehicle
4 A Type of non-passive passenger restraint system
5 Y Corvette
6 & 7 87 Body style number: two-door plainback coupe
07 Collector Edition two-door hatchback coupe
8 8 5.7-liter Cross-Fire Injection (CFI) Chevrolet V8
9 ; A check digit that calculates the characters in the serial number and gives it a single digit code and can be used to verify that the serial number is legitimate
10 C The model year where C = 1982
11 5 Bowling Green, KY
12-17 100001 and up Production Sequence

Engine Serial Number

1982 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number. The date code the engine was manufactured was also cast into the block. The engine serial number includes a production sequence number starting with 0001001 and one of the suffixes below.

Code Engine Horsepower Compression Transmission Fuel Supply Emissions
ZBA L83 350-cid 200-hp V-8 9.0:1 Automatic cross-fire Fuel Injection ;
ZBC Early production L83 350-cid 200-hp V-8 9.0:1 Automatic cross-fire Fuel Injection California
ZBN L83 350-cid 200-hp V-8 9.0:1 Automatic cross-fire Fuel Injection California

Production Options

RPO Description Price Production
1YY87 Base Coupe $18,290.07 18,648
1YY07 Collector Edition Hatchback $22,537.59 6,759
AG9 Power Driver Seat $197 22,585
AU3 Power Door Locks $155 23,936
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels $443 14,763
C49 Rear Window Defogger $129 16,886
DG7 Electric Sport Mirrors $117 13,567
D84 Two-Tone Paint $399 5,352
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension $57 7,803
K35 Cruise Control $155 32,522
N90 Aluminum Wheels $458 16,844
QGR White Letter SBR Tires, P225/70R15 $80 5,932
QXH White Letter SBR Tires, P255/60R15 $542.52 19,070
UL5 Radio Delete $-124 150
UM4 AM/FM Radio, ETR stereo w/ 8-track $386 923
UM6 AM/FM Radio, ETR stereo w/ cassette $423 20,355
UN5 AM/FM Radio, ETR stereo w/ cassette/CB $755 1,987
U58 AM-FM Radio Stereo $101 1,533
U75 Power Antenna $60 15,557
V08 Heavy Duty Cooling $57 6,006
V54 Roof Panel Carrier $144 1,992
YF5 California Emissions Certification $46 4,951

Color Options for 1982

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Any combination could be ordered.
RPO Exterior Interior Production
10 White CH-CM-DB-DR-SGN-SGY 2,975
13 Silver Metallic CH-DB-DR-SGY 711
19 Black CH-CM-DR-SGN-SGY 2,357
24 Silver Blue Metallic CH-CM-SGY 1,124
26 Dark Blue Metallic CM-DB-SGY 562
31 Bright Blue CH-CM-DB-SGY 567
39 Charcoal Metallic CH-DR-SGY 1,093
40 Silver Green CH-SGN 723
56 Gold CH-CM 648
59 Silver Beige SB 6,759
70 Red CH-CM-DR-SGY 2,155
99 Dark Claret Metallic CM-DR-SGY 853
10/13 White/Silver CH-SGY 664
13/39 Silver/Charcoal CH-DR-SGY 1,239
13/99 Silver/Dark Claret DR-SGY 1,301
24/26 Silver Blue/Dark Blue DB-SGY 1,667
Color Codes: C=Cloth, CH=Charcoal, CM=Camel, DB=Dark Blue, DR=Dark Red, L=Leather, SB=Silver Beige, SGN=Silver Green, SGY=Silver Gray

Interior Colors

RPO Color Production
13C Silver Gray Cloth 992
29C Dark Blue Cloth 451
64C Camel Cloth 350
67C Dark Red Cloth N/A
74C Dark Red Cloth N/A
132 Silver Gray Leather 3,083
182 Charcoal Leather 2,706
292 Dark Blue Leather 2,750
402 Silver Green Leather 757
592 Collectors Edition Silver Beige Leather 6,759
642 Camel Leather 1,710
742 Dark Red Leather 4,444
Note: Cloth inserts have leather surrounds on seating.

1982 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Feature Coupe
Wheelbase 98 inches (2.489 m)
Overall length 185.3 inches (4.704 m)
Overall width 69.0 inches (1.753 m)
Overall height 48.4 inches (1.219 m)
Ground Clearance 4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
Front tread 58.7 inches (1.491 m)
Rear tread 59.5 inches (1.511 m)
Wheel size 15 x 8 inches
Tires (Base Corvette) P225/70R-15 SBR (steel-belted radial)
Tires (Collector Corvette) P225/60R-15 SBR (steel-belted radial)
Positraction Standard
Steering Recirculating ball (power assisted)
Front suspension Upper/lower A-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Rear suspension Fully independent with half-shafts, lateral struts, control arms, and transverse leaf springs
Brakes Hydraulic, vented four wheel discs 11.75-inch diameter, single calipers
Ignition electronic
Body construction Separate fiberglass body and box-type ladder frame with cross-members
Fuel tank 24 US Gal (20 Imp Gal) (91 liters)

Engine Specifications

Feature Base Engine RPO L83
Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
Block Cast Iron
Displacement 350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 4.00" x 3.48"
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Brake Horsepower 200 @ 4200
Torque 285 lb-ft @ 2800
Main Bearing Five
Valve Lifters Hydraulic
Fuel Supply Cross-fire Fuel Injection (twin throttle body injection)

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