Everything You Want to Know About the 1979 Corvette, All in One Place.
By the late 1970’s, Corvette production was moving at a pace that had never been seen in the history of the car. As Chevrolet General Manager, Robert Lund, had stated in March 1977, “The St. Louis Plant is operating two nine-hour shifts daily and working overtime two Saturdays a month just to meet sales demand.
Current demand is running more than 29 percent ahead of last year.” Little did anyone realize that, after the popularity of the 1978 Pace Car and Silver Anniversary Editions in 1978, Corvette was about to set another production record – manufacturing more than 50,000 Corvettes in one year – with the 1979 model year. At the same time, Corvette was about to surpass another record – a base sales price of more than $10,000 – for the first time in the car’s history.
The price increase in the 1979 model year was well justified, especially given that the Corvette had been fast approaching that cost threshold for the past couple of years.
As before, Chevrolet engineers had continued adding more of the previously optional features available to consumers to the standard base package.