Drivetrain choices unfortunately hit a new low in 1982. Basically there were no choices. Only one
engine was possible: 350 cu. in., 200 hp. Mated to it was a four speed automatic transmission new that year to Corvettes.
It featured a new fuel saving torque convertor clutch in gears two three and four. A manual transmission was not available.
California Corvettes were the same as those sold elsewhere.
"Cross-Fire Injection" emblem as featured on the front fender of 1982 Corvettes.
The 1982 Corvette engine bay did offer a glimpse into the future. A new fuel delivery system called
"Cross-Fire Injection" made it's debut. Sometimes called "Throttle Body Injection", it can be thought of as a combination
of a carburetor and fuel injection. The new system enabled the engine to be rated at 200 hp and still satisfied the increasingly
stringent anti-smog regulations. A new electrical fuel pump integral to the gas tank was part of the system.
First available in 1981 automatic transmission Corvettes, a new weight saving and performance enhancing
fiberglass leaf spring was part of the rear suspension in all 1982 Corvettes.
It was well known that a new generation of Corvettes was in the works and that 1982 would be the
last of the C3s. The occasion was commemorated by a special "Collector Edition" Corvette. Exclusive to the Collector Edition
was a frameless hatchback supported by gas struts making access to the storage area much easier.
A distinctive two tone silver-beige paint was also part of the Collector Edition with a gradient
or "fading shadow" motif on the side and hood. A clear lacquer top coat added gloss and depth. Distinctive cloisonné emblems
completed the package. The look was unique and a year later is still positively embraced.
The Collector Edition did get a distinctive (but not sequential) VIN but was not a limited production
quantity. 9,759 were sold. The Collector Edition broke new Corvette ground with a price over $20,000; $22,537.59 to be exact.
A generous list of options was included. A leather wrapped steering wheel, distinctive
door trim, special bronze tinting on the glass roof panels and a leather covered horn button. Distinctive wheels were included.
They were similar to the 1967 optional cast aluminum wheels; both cars were the last of their generation.