Real Wheels: Harrod woman appreciates originality of Corvette

By Merri Hanjora -

Harrod’s Pat Metz owns this 1980 Chevy Corvette.

Harrod’s Pat Metz owns this 1980 Chevy Corvette.

HARROD — Pat Metz, of Harrod, brought her 1980 Chevy Corvette to the Lima Chevrolet Cadillac Charity Car Show in June.

She has owned it for six years. Metz had a Corvette before her husband passed away, and she found this one. She liked the interior and that it had a good paint job.

The 1980 Chevy Corvette came during a fuel crisis that had a great impact on the American automobile market. In response to federal guidelines mandating fuel conservation, the 1980 Chevy Corvette weighed 250 pounds less than previous years. Chrome was kept to a minimum, which caused the elimination of the crossed-flag emblem from the front fenders. To calm Corvette enthusiasts’ anger over the emblem, designers placed a new elongated hood emblem on the car.

The 1980 Corvette was the first model year to have a speedometer that only went to 85 MPH. Again, this was by federal mandate. However, the car still clocked 0-60 mph times at between 7.1 and 7.7 seconds.

While Metz didn’t list the quickness of the car as one of her priorities, she did specify that she enjoys driving the car.

“It’s just a car show and cruise-in vehicle,” Metz said.

Harrod’s Pat Metz owns this 1980 Chevy Corvette.’s Pat Metz owns this 1980 Chevy Corvette.

By Merri Hanjora

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