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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
|MODEL||1977 CHEVROLET CORVETTE|
|BODY STYLE||Two-door coupe, front engine, rear wheel drive|
|MANUFACTURING LOCATION||St. Louis, Missouri|
|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|
|White, Smoke Grey, Black, Blue, Buckskin, Brown, Red|
|CONSTRUCTION||Uniconstruction: 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 SUFFIX||CHD: 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 NUMBER||3970010: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180 HP, 210HP|
|HEAD NUMBER||333882: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180HP, 210HP|
374650: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180HP
|CARBURETOR NUMBERS||ROCHESTER 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 NUMBER||1103246: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180HP|
1103248: 350 CUBIC INCH, 180HP, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS
1103256: 350 CUBIC INCH, 210HP
|ALTERNATOR NUMBER||1102474: 350 CUBIC INCH|
1102484: 350 CUBIC INCH, WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING
1102908: 350 CUBIC INCH
1102909: 350 CUBIC INCH
|AXLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER||OA: 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 VEHICLE||AUG., 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
|1YZ37||Base Corvette Sport Coupe||49,213||$8,647.65|
|B32||Color Keyed Floor Mats||36,763||$22.00|
|C49||Rear Window Defogger||30,411||$84.00|
|L82||350ci, 210hp Engine||972||$14.00|
|M21||4-Speed Manual Trans, Close Ratio||29.161||$88.00|
|M40||Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission||6,148||$495.00|
|NA6||High-Altitude Emission Equipment||2,060||$0.00|
|N37||Tilt Telescopic Steering Column||41,231||$0.00|
|QRZ||White Letter Stell Belted Tires, GR70x15||854||$22.00|
|UA1||Heavy Duty Battery||46,487||$165.00|
|U58||AM-FM Radio, stereo||46,227||$57.00|
|UM2||AM-FM Radio, stereo with 8-track tape||24,603||$414.00|
|V54||Luggage and Roof Panel Rack||16,860||$73.00|
|YF5||California Emission Certification||4,084||$70.00|
|YJ8||Aluminum Wheels (4)||12,646||$321.00|
|W||Warner 4-Speed, Heavy-Duty Aluminum Case|
|AM||Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 with 350 L-48 Engine|
|CB||Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 with 350 L-82 Engine|