A 1978 Limited Edition Pace Car, VIN 5691 with 10.6 miles showing on the odometer from the Ed Foss Collection, fetched $77,500 at the Mecum Monterey August 2014 auction. This particular Pace Car had earned an NCRS Bowtie Award in 2004 and a Bloomington Gold - Gold Certification in 2003. This outstanding example of the first Corvette Indy Pace Car is documented in part by the window sticker and shipping number, both still intact, the build sheet, delivery receipt and a copy of the MSO.
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A string of auctions have highlighted the interest and value of 1978 Pace Cars with exceptional pedigree. While the Lambrecht auction brought $80k for an L48 automatic which could be viewed as an outlier, auctions at Barrett-Jackson and Mecum send a consistent message…buyers like low-mileage, well preserved original 1978 Pace Cars with documented heritage and options.
The January 25, 2014 Mecum auction brought $75k for a MSO, seven-mile L82, M21, FE7 Pace Car. The chassis was clean, no leaks and with those factory frame markings one expects to see on a Corvette of this heritage. What makes this Pace Car particularly interesting is that it was kept as received from the factory…NO dealer prep as stated by Roger Jukski when asked by this reporter. In the rear storage compartment were not only decals and wheel caps…but the front three-piece spoiler in original, sealed plastic-bags. This should present a challenge for NCRS judging teams!
The week before, the Barrett-Jackson attendees witnessed two Pace Cars score nice values for their exceptional upkeep and history after thirty-five years. A thirty-mile MSO L82 M21 FE7 Pace Car was bought at $82.5k.
The second BJ Pace Car brought $52k and the speedometer showed seventeen miles on the odometer. It was equipped with an L82 M38 transmission and never dealer prepped, just coming off its MSO status.
Rather amazing for a four mile 1978 Pace Car with L48 M38 options with original MSO sold for $80,000 at the Lembrecht Collection Auction September 28, 2013. This Pace Car was assigned VIN 904699 and included nice original window stickers along with interior “protective packaging” that accompanied Corvettes from the St Louis factory. I am wondering why NCRS does not deduct during flight judging when packing materials are missing. The Pace Car was up on the blocks as #4 and was sold in 55 seconds. Dust remained in tact for the new buyer who remained anonymous…internet buyer.
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A frequent but good question and why you need to read the book! All kidding aside, from 67-72 St Louis used the Corvette Order Copy on the gas tank to document options. This study and collection of buildsheets began with 1973 when GMAD took over management of the plant from the Chevrolet Motor Division and introduced the GMAD landscape style manifest. The first chapter describes this in great detail and Chapter 2 describes the GMAD manifest with numerous color illustrations.
Today I learned about an auction for the Lambrecht Collection of Chevrolets in Pierce Nebraska including a 1978 Pace Car with four (4) miles. A mileage number not unusual for a Pace Car but my first thought is whether this is the fourth “original” Pace Car proto-typed for the running of the 62nd Indy race May 28th 1978.
Four Corvettes were configured for the race and shipped directly to the track. Two had VINs while the other two were pilot cars and carried different VINs. Two were production and carried VIN 900001 and 900002. One went to the winner (Unser) and the other to the GM Heritage Center. The third resides at the Indy Motorsport Museum (IMS).
But its the fourth that disappeared somewhere in the midwest, east of the Mississippi. My first thought when I saw the video is that this is the fourth Pace Car built for the Indy track race. After some research at the auction site, I learned its VIN 4699 with an L48 M38 and has sat in the dealership for the past 35 years. Truly another Pace Car Barn fnd
Model year 1973 was the first year the GMAD buildsheet (General Motors Assembly Division) used the landscape style buildsheet for the Corvette. We know that 1973 was the year we see the GMAD manifest glued to gas tanks. Before 1973, Corvette assembly was under the management of the Chevrolet Motor Division.
Before 1973, the assembly plant used the Corvette Order Copy and copies were glued to the gas tank from 1967 through 1972. Year 1967 was first year build records were glued to Corvette gas tanks.
Auto Enthusiast picked up Corvette Buildsheet Book, introducing the the study guide for 1973-82 Corvette Enthusiasts. You can review its listing and comments reviewers have posted after getting their copy of this new book.
One reviewer wrote…
Great book !!! Details you won’t find just anywhere. Learn something new every time I crack this book open !!! Funny to find hidden clues from the past right on your own car !!! A must read book !!!
The most frequently asked question by Corvette enthusiasts but most find it on the tank. However, it never amazes the other places an owner will find a buildsheet. A few weeks ago, I heard from another owner and when I asked, he shared that he found it while tearing the interior of his 1979. He stated:
I found the build sheet for my car under the carpet in the back but it was for the wrong car!
I recall at an NCRS event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and the owner and I were going over the car when he reach underneath and retrieved an original, gear oil scented buildsheet from the strut bracket of his 1978 low-mileage Silver Anniversary Corvette.
I have concluded owners must have a genuine curiosity about their Corvette and be aware while doing routine maintenance, restoration or preservation that something may be hiding and they should proceed gingerly with their work.
Classic car owners have long had a curiosity in buildsheets and those familiar with build records, know that Pontiac was the first group to gain access to GM build records. While researching for the Study Guide, I discovered that members of Chevelle forums were quite knowledgeable about the GMAD landscape style manifest.
There were a number of Chevelle plants in the 1960s versus one Corvette plant. The first Chevelle plant to adopt the GMAD manifest was the Fremont CA plant in 1965. By the early seventies, all Chevelle plants had transited to the landscape format. The push was the transition of plant management from the Chevrolet Motor Division to the General Motors Assembly Division or GMAD.
A quick visit to other Chevrolet brand forums reveal a variety of buildsheet formats were used in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Along the way, we will incorporate what we learn from other forums about their unique buildsheets.
Welcome to The Buildsheet blog! This is its first post and is intended to help General Motors owners of a Classic vehicle (ie, Corvette) that used the manifest or buildsheet and seek information about what they found.
It also builds on the knowledge provided through the Corvette Buildsheet Book: A Study Guide to 1973-82 Build Records that chronicles the use of the GMAD (General Motors Acceptance Division) manifest in the St Louis Corvette Assembly plant.