But unbelievably, the best was yet to come. Corvettes in the '80s took on a new personality all their own. Customizing went to new heights and lengths. (Remember the series of wild Eckler Corvette station wagons?) Blowers, really wide wheelwell flares and life-like murals were out in force from coast to coast and border to border. There was even a brand new '82 Special Edition Corvette that won its ET-5 class over 65 other Vettes, then went on to take "King Of The Hill" laurels over five other class winners at the 16th Annual Corvette Nationals at OCIR. The driver? Stay tuned. Save the Wave!

1975-'81 CORVETTE SALES & MSRP
YEAR SALES PRICE
1975 33,836 $6,810 coupe
4,629 $6,550 roadster
38,465 total
1976 46,558 $7,604 coupe
1977 49,213 $8,647 coupe
1978* 31,493 $9,352 coupe
15,283 $9,751 Silver Anniv. cpe.
6,502 $13,653 pace car
53,278 total
1979 53,807 $10,220 coupe
1980 40,614 $13,140 coupe
1981 40,606 $16,258 coupe
*25th Anniversary (RPo B2Z = $399 extra)