THE 1977 CORVETTE

 

Thank you for joining us again here at Hobby Car Corvettes, located in Martinsburg PA, as we continue the exciting series, C3 Vette Rundown. For each post in this informative and enlightening series, we will discuss the ins and outs, and ups and downs, of each Corvette in the third generation. Some years were better than others, but every year, was impressive. In 1977, Corvette only continued to increase in sales and popularity.

 

1977 Yellow Corvette Original Ad

1977 Yellow Corvette Original Ad

 

We began this series with the launch of the third generation Corvettes in 1968, and today, we’re going to introduce you to the tenth third generation Corvette. Wasting no more time, let’s find out why the 1977 Corvette was such a massive success!

 

HALF A MILLION CORVETTES

 

1977 marked a big year for Chevrolet Corvettes. This was the year they made their 500,000th Corvette. It was in their 15th year, that Chevrolet reached 250,000 Corvettes. But they almost halved that time when they reached 500,000 only eight years later.

 

white 1977 corvette

The 500,000th Corvette

 

The famed 500,000th Corvette, was driven off the production line on March 15, 1977 by general manager, Robert Lund. It was a White Coupe and can be seen today in Bowling Green, Kentucky at the National Corvette Museum, which we had the great fortune of visiting recently!

 

We think it’s safe to say that everyone is glad Chevrolet stuck with their belief in the Corvette when the waters were rough. Due to national and economical hardships in the post war America in the 1950s, the Corvette was nearly pulled from production. But someone knew better. To them, we say thank you.

 

1977 CORVETTE AESTHETICS

 

We’re beginning to see a pattern over the past few years, of very few changes being made. This is what happens when you spend years and tireless hours perfecting a car. You get closer, and closer… to perfection. So why change anything?

 

 

1977 red corvette

1977 Corvette Original Brochure

 

 

Aesthetically, the 1977 Corvette was nearly identical to the 1976 Corvette. One innovative design was the  introduction of a luggage and roof panel rack. The option was designed specifically for the ability to transport the car’s T-tops, as an alternative to putting them in the Corvette’s lidless trunk.

 

 

Corvette Insignia

Corvette Insignia

 

As we briefly mentioned last week, 1976 would be the last C3 Corvette to bear the Stingray emblem. This year, the 1977 Corvette would have in its place, the traditional crossed-flags insignia.

 

 

 

On the inside, there were also very few, but notable changes made. One exciting change to the console was a redesign to make room for the first 8-track player, incorporated into the AM/FM stereo system. Another interior change was that the shift console and gauge console were changed to plastic.

 

In addition, Corvette continues to focus on driver safety and experience. In order to increase driver visibility, the instruments on the dashboard were restyled, and the climate controls were simplified. The simpler, the better. Leather seats were standard, but cloth inserts were an option. The manual shift grew an inch but the travel for the pull was shorted. This specific change improved parking brake accessibility.

 

 

1977 corvette brochure

1977 Corvette Brochure

 

 

Another change in size for improved safety and comfort, the steering column was shortened by two inches. This change gave drivers more room for their arms, enhanced safety, and made for easier entry and exit. A new leather-rimmed steering wheel was introduced. For those who ordered the non tilt-telescopic steering column, the 1976 wheel was the only option.

 

1977 CORVETTE MECHANICS

 

Though this mechanical update didn’t change anything mechanically, it wasn’t quite an aesthetics change. In between August and September of 1976, the color of the engine was changed from orange to blue. Some early production Corvettes in 1977 still rolled out with the orange engine, but they were the last.

 

Other than that, there were no notable changes were made mechanically from the 1976 Corvette. A continuation from 1976, the 1977 Corvette came standard with a 180 horsepower, 350 cubic-inch, small-block Chevy engine mated to a 4-speed, wide-ratio manual transmission.

 

Also this year, power steering and brakes became standard.

 

DID YOU KNOW

 

  • 1977 was the first year there was a $1,000 increase from previous year.

  • 1977 was the first Corvette with an 8-track player option

  • The option of a 210 horsepower engine was not available in Canada where the base engine remained the only available option due to higher emission standards

 

CONCLUSION

 

Once again, Corvette set a new sales record at 49,213 units. Despite times of economic hardship, challenging regulations, and speculation as to the necessity of powerful cars like the Corvette, the numbers have steadily increased. If you have been following our series, you will notice that this has been a trend, year after year since they worked out the kinks of the third generation Corvette in 1969.

 

1977 Corvette Original Brochure

1977 Corvette Original Brochure

 

As always, we hope our C3 Vette Series has helped to enhance your Corvette knowledge and experience. We aim to provide you with accurate and interesting information around all things Corvettes. If you have anything you would like to see written in a post, drop a line and we would be happy to consider it for the future.

 

And of course, if you are in the market for a Corvette, here at Hobby Car Corvettes, we are always ready to assist. Feel free to peruse our wide range of Corvettes in our current inventory, 1977 Corvettes included!

 

With only 5 years left, we hope to see you again next week as we continue on our third generation Corvette series.

 

We currently have the following 1977 corvettes for sale:

 

 

SPECS

 

MODEL1977 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
GENERATIONC3
BODY STYLETwo-door coupe, front engine, rear wheel drive
MANUFACTURING LOCATIONSt. Louis, Missouri
Original Price$8,647.65
Units Produced49,213
EXTERIOR

COLORS

Classic White, Silver, Black, Corvette Light Blue, Corvette Dark Blue, Corvette Chartreuse, Corvette Yellow, Corvette Bright Yellow, Corvette Orange, Corvette Tan, Medium Red, Corvette Dark Red
INTERIOR

COLORS

White, Smoke Grey, Black, Blue, Buckskin, Brown, Red
CONSTRUCTIONUniconstruction: fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP or “fiberglass”) body, backboned by a steel cage outlining the passenger compartment. Principal members – underbody, front and rear end assemblies, dash panel and hinge pillars are bonded, riveted, or bolted together and to each other. Hood is plastic with bonded plastic reinforcement. Coupe: two removable roof panels and removable rear window. Frame: all welded, full length, ladder construction with 5 crossmembers. Side Rails and intermediate crossmembers box section; front crossmember box girder section. Eight body-mounting points.
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN)1Z37L7S400001 – 1Z37L7S449213
ENGINE SUFFIXCHD: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC, CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS

CKD: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC, HIGH ALTITUDE

CKZ: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL

CLA: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC

CLB: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC, HIGH ALTITUDE

CLC: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC, CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS

CLD: 350 CUBIC INCH, 210 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL

CLF: 350 CUBIC INCH, 210 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC

ENGINE BLOCK NUMBER3970010: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180 HP, 210HP
HEAD NUMBER333882: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180HP, 210HP

374650: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180HP

CARBURETOR NUMBERSROCHESTER Q-jet #17057202: 350 C.I., 180HP, AUTOMATIC TRANS.

ROCHESTER Q-jet #17057203: 350 C.I., 180HP, MANUAL TRANS.

ROCHESTER Q-jet #17057204: 350 C.I., 180HP, AUTOMATIC TRANS., AIR CONDITIONING

ROCHESTER Q-jet #17057210: 350 C.I., 210HP, AUTOMATIC TRANS.

ROCHESTER Q-jet #17057211: 350 C.I., 210HP, MANUAL TRANS.

ROCHESTER Q-jet #17057228: 350 C.I., 210HP, AUTOMATIC TRANS., AIR CONDITIONING

ROCHESTER Q-jet #17057502: 350 C.I., 180HP, AUTOMATIC TRANS., CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS

ROCHESTER Q-jet #17057504: 350 C.I., 180HP, AUTOMATIC TRANS., AIR COND., CALIF. EMISSIONS

ROCHESTER Q-jet #17057510: 350 C.I., 210HP, AUTOMATIC TRANS., CALIF. EMISSIONS

ROCHESTER Q-jet #17057582: 350 C.I., 180HP, AUTOMATIC TRANS., HIGH ALTITUDE

ROCHESTER Q-jet #17057584: 350 C.I., 180HP, AUTOMATIC TRANS., AIR COND., HIGH

DISTRIBUTOR NUMBER1103246: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180HP

1103248: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180HP, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS

1103256: 350 CUBIC INCH, 210HP

ALTERNATOR NUMBER1102474: 350 CUBIC INCH

1102484: 350 CUBIC INCH, WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING

1102908: 350 CUBIC INCH

1102909: 350 CUBIC INCH

AXLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBEROA: 3.08:1 RATIO

OD: 3.36:1 RATIO

LR: 3.36:1 RATIO

OB: 3.55:1 RATIO

OC: 3.70:1 RATIO

PRODUCTION ENDING VEHICLEAUG., 1976: 402287, SEP.. 1976: 406337, OCT., 1976: 410517, NOV., 1976: 414216, DEC., 1976: 417551, JAN., 1977: 421118, FEB., 1977: 424662, MAR., 1977: 429041, APR., 1977: 433057, MAY., 1977: 437029, JUNE., 1977: 441233, JULY., 1977: 445179

Options Codes, Production, & Pricing

 

CODESDESCRIPTION QUANTITY RETAIL PRICE
1YZ37Base Corvette Sport Coupe49,213$8,647.65
A31Power Windows44,341$116.00
B32Color Keyed Floor Mats36,763$22.00
C49Rear Window Defogger30,411$84.00
C60Air Conditioning 45,249$553.00
D35Sport Mirrors20,206$36.00
K30Speed Control7,269$38.00
L82350ci, 210hp Engine972$14.00
M214-Speed Manual Trans, Close Ratio29.161 $88.00
M40Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission6,148$495.00
NA6High-Altitude Emission Equipment2,060$0.00
N37Tilt Telescopic Steering Column41,231$0.00
QRZWhite Letter Stell Belted Tires, GR70x15854$22.00
UA1Heavy Duty Battery 46,487$165.00
U58 AM-FM Radio, stereo46,227$57.00
U69 AM-FM Radio4,700$187.00
UM2 AM-FM Radio, stereo with 8-track tape24,603$414.00
V54Luggage and Roof Panel Rack16,860$73.00
YF5California Emission Certification4,084$70.00
YJ8Aluminum Wheels (4)12,646$321.00
ZN1Trailer Package289$83.00
ZX2Convenience Group40,872$22.00

 

TRANSMISSION CODES

 

CODETRANSMISSION
WWarner 4-Speed, Heavy-Duty Aluminum Case
AMTurbo Hydra-Matic 350 with 350 L-48 Engine
CBTurbo Hydra-Matic 400 with 350 L-82 Engine