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1982 Corvette Collectors Edition: From Concept To Collectable

Elizabeth Puckett
1982 Corvette Anniversary Edition: From Concept To Collectable

This Corvette represents more than just a special edition!

The premier of General Motors’ Motorama was held in 1949. Originally, the auto show was held in conjunction with the New York Auto Show to boost sales with displays of prototypes and concept cars, some of which would go on to become regular production cars that would do well and some that would remain as an unfinished idea. Of the concepts and prototypes that gained enough attention from the attendees of the show to warrant mass production, some would fizzle and fade away with changing times and some would become timeless, forever sought after gods of automotive history. 


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At the 1953 Motorama, GM displayed one such concept, alongside Buicks, Pontiacs, and Cadillacs, that quickly became known as Chevrolets halo car - the Corvette. Whether or not GM knew it would at the time, the 1953 Corvette concept car shook the automotive industry. 

It was the beginning of something truly special and worth celebrating and in 1969 Chevrolet began the tradition of limited runs of special editions of their halo car that would further secure its place in automotive history as a highly collectable car. Among the first of the special editions were the 1969 AstroVette that Chevy provided for the astronauts of the Apollo 12 mission, a 1978 25th Anniversary Edition and an Indy 500 Pace Car Replica in ’78, and this 1982 Collector Edition. 

Only 6,759 Collector Edition Corvettes were made, marking the first Vette to ever be sold for more than $20,000. The Corvette came with a 350 cubic inch V8 engine featuring Chevy’s Cross-Fire injection system that was backed by a 700R4 4 speed automatic transmission. One of these incredible cars is now available from Vanguard Motor Sales. This particular car won an award for “Best Original” at the TX Corvette Nationals and has only 15,572 original miles. This 1982 Collector Edition Corvette from Vanguard Motor Sales is completely original and numbers matching.