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L-82 Years

This section covers 1973-1980... The L-82 Years:

When the curtain rose on the `73 model year, Corvette enthusiasts were greeted by a mildly reworked `72 shark with no front bumper and no LT-1. The high-revving small-block LT-1 had been shelved, but it had been replaced by an equally powerful small-block, the soon-to-be-popular L-82 with its own set of credentials, but without the solid-lifters of the LT-1. It cranked out 250hp, compared to the 1972 LT-1's 255hp, and it cost $184 less than the LT-1. (click on years)

  • 1973 - the first L-82 year.
  • 1974 - the first year for "soft" front and rear bumpers.
  • 1975 - the "last" year of the convertible.
  • 1976 - slight increase in horsepower.
  • 1977- the last year of the original C3 design.
  • 1978 - the Silver Anniversary year.
  • 1979 - Corvette sales top the 50, 000 mark.
  • 1980 - the final year for the L-82.