This website is to celebrate and document a 1979 corvette owned by Marcus Coleman of Valencia, CA. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Marcus directly at

The story of the car:

This story begins one day in 1981 when my dad came home with a white '79 Corvette with a red interior. I was 10 years old and the impact that car had on me continues to this day. Mind you that my dad proved to be rather dissapointed with that car and soon traded it in for a new Porche 911sc. As for me, at the time, I realy didn't care about the reasons my dad didn't like the car. As a young boy I didn't fully undertand that the design of that car so closely mimicked the shape of the iconic sports car that I connected with it in an emotional way. I never forgot about the way that car looked, sounded, and felt. Fast forward 30 years and I'm still infected with the car bug (thanks dad), and I went looking for a similar car. I found it in Northern California. Sitting with a blown head gasket, it hadn't been driven much by the previous owner. He had owned it for 12 years with plans to restore it, but he never started the project. Well Lucky for him, I had the same plans. He sold it to me and I shipped it down to Southern California the next day.

According to the previous owner the car had just 32k miles on it. No way to veryify that as the odometer only goes to 99k in these, then it flips over to zero, but his copy of the title showed only 22k miles at the time he purchased it, and the overall condition of the car was pretty good for a car more than thirty years old. Total miles, always so important to me in previous automotive purchasing decisions, really didn't matter asI planned to do a complete, frame off, nut and bolt restoration, of the entire car, essentially resetting the milage to zero.

When completely rebuilding a car you have several options. You can go for 100% original, or build a total custom one of a kind show car, or do anything in between. The route I chose was to build a resto-mod. My car looks completely original but underneath it's highly modified taking advantage of modern techniques and modern technology to offer a far higher performance experience than a stock 1979 corvette, while perfectly maintaining the classic styling that has become so iconic.

Why '79:

What makes the '79 corvette so unique? Well, 1979 is the last year you could get the classic Stingray body without front and rear spoilers. In 1980 the formerly optional spoilers became integrated into the body on all cars. In addition, the modern high-back sport seats, that were previously debuted (and only available) on the 1978 Indy 500 Pace Car special edition (in silver leather no less) became standard on all cars in '79. The pace car also came with spoilers front and rear. That makes the 1979 model year the only option for a c3 corvette with the more classic pre-spoiler body combined with the more modern interior fraturing high-back sport seats. Well for me this is the sweet spot so to speak as I never really like the spoilers on a C3 that much. Speaking from a stylistic point of view, in my humble opinion the C3 "Stingray" body style is already so dynamic and truly amazing that adding spoilers, scoops, flairs, or any modification at all just seams over the top.

One last thing, starting in 1980, due to smog restrictions, all Corvettes sold in the state of California came with the smaller and less powerful 305 engine and the iconic chevy small block 350 was gone 'till the c4 in 1984 with the debut of the LT1. Well I live in California, so having the last of the 350 small block powered cars was an important consideration. For me, the '79 corvette is the only way to fly. As it turns out I'm not the only one who found the '79 to be so desireable. The 1979 Corvette outsold all other Corvettes in the history of the car from its debut in 1953 to today! Over 53 thousand cars were sold in '79, and Chevrolet has been chasing that record ever since.

White/Red colors:

For those of you that are new to the world of corvettes, the color of every car produced during the first year of production, 1953, was white with a red interior. I can just imagine the sales person trying to convince every person that looked at one, they could have any color they liked as long as it was white/red. Well in doing so,Cheverolet actually made that color scheme the most iconic for its american sports car and even for every other sports car in the world. I for one, am in love with it.

The original four bolt main small block is bored .030 over, its now a 355, with lightened and balanced steel crank, high compression flat top pistons, big hydraulic roller cam (Crane), roller rockers, Aluminum 2.02 heads, 11.5 to 1 compression, Edelbrock Performer dual plane intake, Holley 650, Hooker headers and a full 2.5 inch stainless exhaust with flowmasters. The mechanical fan is deleted in favor of two ten inch electric fans pulling through a 4 row aluminum radiator. Had the tranny, currently a turbo 350 3 speed automatic, examined, resealed and cleaned to like new, rebuilt the entire suspension using urethane bushings, new springs and new shocks, and new BFGs 255/60/15 on an original 1979 set of Kelsey Hays 8 spoke aluminum wheels. I rebuilt the steering and braking systems to like new as well but have no pictures yet.
I’m on the hunt for all the parts to convert it to a modern 6 speed which will be much more fun, have better performance, get and better fuel ecconomy too. The motor in this configuarion is making about 435hp at the flywheel. I say this configuration because I have tested several carbs and two intakes. The final setup as very drivable and it lets me run the stock hood which was more important to me than 5 or 10 more ponies.
Future mods I’m considering are twin turbo kit from that hides in the rear fender wells or possibly a pro-charger. Both are good for a minimum 150 more horses and you know I like horses! Also considering the sharkbite suspension kit but leaning towards the GM performance gymkhana kit which recently when back into production in the licensed aftermarket.
As for the body and paint and the interior I’m still saving my pennies.