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Old 07-08-2018, 02:48 PM
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what options made a 1982 corvette a special edition?
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...what options made a 1982 corvette a special edition?...
It was called a Collector Edition. The special equipment included in the Collector Edition package had special paint and graphics, special leather interior trim, Collector Edition only wheels, glass tops, rear defrost, optional ties, power antenna, and the only operable hatch back to appear on C3s. These cars had a special VIN identifying them as Collector Editions. The sticker price was also the highest of any C3.

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The opening rear hatch is the most special and only available on the "Collector's Edition".

The entire 1982 year was "special" in that it ended the exceptionally long run of the 3rd generation Corvette. The 4th generation Corvette was so hyped in the media and so initially problematic that production skipped a year until 1984.
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The opening rear hatch is the most special and only available on the "Collector's Edition".

The entire 1982 year was "special" in that it ended the exceptionally long run of the 3rd generation Corvette. The 4th generation Corvette was so hyped in the media and so initially problematic that production skipped a year until 1984.
That and the Collector Edition Wheels, with the Star Burst Center caps and 255/60 R15 Goodyear Steel Belted Radials. The wheels were styled to resemble the 1967's "bolt-on" optional wheel, but in 8" width.



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...and the collector editions were so special that literally one in four corvettes produced in 1982 was a CE; 6,759 out of 25,407 produced. Stunning cars but a bunch of them were made...
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Dont you just LOVE it when they gush Ebay hyperbole about how RARE and special the 82CE is........................until you point out that 1-in-4 statistic ?
Now dont get me wrong i like them, but L88-rare they are NOT
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I believe I read somewhere that the plan was to ensure every Chevrolet dealer got one, similar to the '78 Pace Car.

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It was called a Collector Edition. The special equipment included in the Collector Edition package had special paint and graphics, special leather interior trim, Collector Edition only wheels, glass tops, rear defrost, optional ties, power antenna, and the only operable hatch back to appear on C3s. These cars had a special VIN identifying them as Collector Editions. The sticker price was also the highest of any C3.
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they may not be the hottest vette, but the pricing is affordable
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they may not be the hottest vette, but the pricing is affordable
The '82 was the most refined of the C3 Corvettes. While no one would confuse it with the performance Corvette of the early C3's, in so many other ways it really is a superb car. A low mileage '82 can be a joy to own and the Collector Edition at a good price is just that much better.

The only real draw back to the '82 CE is the hatch itself. The hinges that mount the hatch to the halo were really not up to the job and over time they tend to bend. This causes the glass to not sit on the seal correctly and water can leak in. Do a search on the CE hinges here and you will find more than a few threads on them. Someone at one time offered a replacement hinge that corrected the problem, but I'm not sure if they are still available. To my knowledge GM does not offer the original hinges any longer, but if they did, it wouldn't really solve the problem permanently.

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The '82 was the most refined of the C3 Corvettes. While no one would confuse it with the performance Corvette of the early C3's, in so many other ways it really is a superb car. A low mileage '82 can be a joy to own and the Collector Edition at a good price is just that much better.

The only real draw back to the '82 CE is the hatch itself. The hinges that mount the hatch to the halo were really not up to the job and over time they tend to bend. This causes the glass to not sit on the seal correctly and water can leak in. Do a search on the CE hinges here and you will find more than a few threads on them. Someone at one time offered a replacement hinge that corrected the problem, but I'm not sure if they are still available. To my knowledge GM does not offer the original hinges any longer, but if they did, it wouldn't really solve the problem permanently.

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Just to be fair, every C3 and before Leaked. It wasn't a matter of if it leaked, but how bad and from what angle.

I get a kick out of he new car guys (people that have only owned C5's and newer) they have no idea how archaic the old ones were. But that is part of the mystique... I personally think this is how the phrase of "never being driven in the rain" got started...
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These are just a few posts, but believe me, I would not be discouraged from a nice '82 CE, particularly if the hatch was not leaking and the hinges were not bent.

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...ear-glass.html post #4 on...

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...fo-needed.html

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...tt-hinges.html

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...-an-82-ce.html

By all means do check out the Corvette Collector Edition Registry

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Originally Posted by GUSTO14 View Post
...I believe I read somewhere that the plan was to ensure every Chevrolet dealer got one...
I've read the decision was made to not to put a specific number on CEs to avoid the issues encountered with the Pace Cars. They simply scheduled the cars based on the number of orders they received. I've also read speculation that a percentage of folks who may have wanted a CE waited and ordered a new C4.
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I like the look of the 82 CE. If I had the money and the garage space, I would have one with an LS7 swapped in

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