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No Reserve: 1982 Chevrolet Corvette

The owner of this 1982 Corvette claims that it is finished in a rare color, and the figures tend to confirm that Silver Green wasn’t the most popular choice in that year. The Corvette is a clean survivor, and it is now ready to head to a new home. It is located in Miami, Florida, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has made it as far as $5,500 in what is a No Reserve auction.

Let’s tackle the rarity claim that the owner makes regarding the paint color. Silver Green found its way onto 723 cars during the 1982 model year. However, out of the 16 regular production colors that were available in that year, there were actually five that were applied to fewer cars. In fact, if you find a 1982 model finished in Dark Blue Metallic, that is the rarest of the breed, at a total of only 562 cars. Now, looking at the car overall reveals a Corvette that appears to be in quite good condition. It is hard to find a lot to be critical of with the car’s appearance and condition. There are no obvious significant flaws with the body or paint, while the glass and trim also look to be in good order. The aluminum-alloy wheels that are fitted to the car aren’t renowned for being particularly susceptible to staining from substances such as brake dust, and these ones also appear to be free from curb strike and other damage.

The generally clean condition of this Corvette continues when we examine the interior. The green leather upholstery on the seats looks to be flawless, as does the leather that wraps the wheel. In fact, the only real fault that I can spot is some rub marks on the console. The rest of the trim and carpet looks nice, and it is in the sort of condition that would allow you to show the car to your friends with complete pride. The original radio/cassette player has made way for a CD player, but the rest of the interior looks to be original. One intriguing aspect of the owner’s description is the fact that he identifies that most of the gauges work. Unfortunately, he doesn’t identify which ones don’t. What he does reveal is the fact that the air conditioning system could probably do with a recharge at some point. Otherwise, you get all of the usual appointments that you would expect in a Corvette of this era, including power windows, power seats, power locks, and a tilt wheel.

The 1982 model year marked the first time since 1965 that you could open the hood of a Corvette and find a fuel-injected engine filling the engine bay. This 350ci V8 produced 200hp, and while it was no fire-breather, at least when compared to the previous year, output figures were heading in the right direction in the face of tightening emissions laws. Backing the 350 in this Corvette is the 4-speed 700-R4 automatic transmission. Interestingly, the owner lists a raft of new parts that have been fitted to the car recently, including brake calipers, brake pads, brake lines, a master cylinder, and new spark plugs. The Corvette has also recently received a new Crossfire Injection System, which should hopefully mean that this is a car that should be reliable well into the future. The owner does say that the car runs and drives well, and that the engine and transmission both feel strong.

If you have a hankering for a C3 Corvette, there is no doubt that you could do worse than this car. In fact, you could do a lot, lot worse! This looks like a clean and solid vehicle that has been painted in an interesting color, and with the mechanical work that has recently been completed, it promises to also be a reliable classic for its next owner. For the right person, that sounds like a winning combination.


  1. JoeNYWF64

    Astounding even the interior is a unique color ALL OVER! that matches the exterior.
    Excellent visibility all around the car.
    Try getting either of those today in any new vehicle.
    Not sure if the fender vents are still functional – seems to be a black plastic piece covering them, unlike on the ’79.

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    • Rick

      Fender vents were still functional. Had a CE – loved that car. Never an issue with the cross-fire injection. Love the color on this.. having it on the interior is a bit much though. I’d have to change everything to camel just to tone it down a bit.

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  2. matthew B steele

    I really Like The color, price is pretty good..

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  3. Coventrycat

    Like that color a lot. Maybe people just weren’t ready for it then.

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    • scottymac

      Couple years back, at the Mecum auction here in Indy, not sure it was this color but very close if not, saw a 1957 Chevy 210 hardtop painted this green. Prettiest ’57 I’ve ever seen.

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  4. Bob S

    Bidding is up to $7100. Have never seen one this color, if it doesn’t go up much higher, seems like a good buy!

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  5. Stevieg

    I was never a fan of Corvettes in general, although occasionally I will see one that suits my taste well. I am not a fan of the color green, especially lighter shades of green, but that is subjective & I won’t knock those that like green. But this is a nifty little ‘vette!
    Best part, it is not pink & it was never featured in a funeral with a corpse propped up behind the steering wheel lol!

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    • Stan Marks

      Stevie, you’re a hoot. LOL!! You just can’t let it go.
      You’ve got that pink ‘vette etched in your brain.
      After you saw that, you can never un-see it, again.

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      • Stevieg

        It actually doesn’t bother me that much. The pink color bothered me more lol. Think of me as one who likes to instigate lol.

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  6. Superdessucke

    723 out of 25,407 were silver green. I’ve never even seen one until now.


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  7. JOHN Member

    I like the color, and this is the best looking of the 74-82’s in my opinion.

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  8. poseur Member

    love the flowing shape of the late C3’s, best looking in my eyes.
    then again i was 16 when these came out so….
    regardless it’s a great paint color.
    would prefer a neutral interior but like our ’78 had, Oyster i think it was called.

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  9. Bikefixr

    I prefer the chrome bumper cars, but these later versions are nice looking. I always wanted to take one of these cross-fire engines and build it up using 2 GM 454 TBI units on an inline 2-4bbl manifold. That gives about 750cfm through 2 2bbl TBI’s.

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  10. Claudio

    Well, i am a hater
    The color is horrendous
    The interior is horrible
    And the cross fire …
    Well its not soo bad
    All this car needs is an ls engine
    A new paint job
    A new interior
    Best to buy another one …
    Merry Christmas to all !

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  11. moosie moosie

    Its bid to $7700.00 so far, very nice car , appears to be well taken care of, I would love to call it mine if my situation were different, hopefully for the seller the price will rise, its worth it. Peace, MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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  12. Stan Marks

    Moosie, it seems we all have the same situation…. ($$$$$)

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  13. George Mattar

    Cross fire was called misfire. In theory it worked ok. Mechanics at the time did not understand it. I have a 73 coupe with chrome rear bumpers. Best looking one in my opinion.

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  14. JOHN Member

    The more I look at this Vette the more I like it! If I didn’t have 6 vehicles and a brand new shop I’m completing I might have thrown in some bids. I like this almost as much as the super rare triple yellow 67 442 convertibles… Saffron yellow, yellow pearl interior and the one year only yellow convertible top. It sounds horrid, but they were not. Most were ordered with a black convertible top, but the triple yellow really looked sharp, and this minty green Vette is evoking the same emotions. Timing sucks.

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  15. Ray

    Hello.When I enlarged the interior photo I saw what looks like a cigarette burn just above the lighter wondering if it was a smokers car.

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    • Stan Marks

      Ray, you talking about the discoloration above the lighter, on the bottom of the dash? It looks more like fading, than a burn. It’s hard to believe, a car this pristine, would have a smoker. Usually you would see a burn on the upholstery. If I was a smoker, I still wouldn’t allow smoking in my car.
      I noticed, on the driver side floor, just behind the steering wheel on the upper carpet, there’s a brown color. Can’t figure out what that is.

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  16. moosie moosie

    @ Ray & Stan Marks, the cigarette lighter is under the flip up door that also hides the ashtray, just below the HVAC control ? I couldn’t see what you guys were talking about, what I did see was a reflection of the courtesy light on the top of the drivers side kick panel carpet.

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  17. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Sold for $8,600.

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  18. Daved

    Now only $12,995? Looks to be the same car


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