What a find! This 1976 Chevrolet Corvette T-Top Sport Coupe has never left the state of Missouri. Built and assembled in St. Louis and sold new at R&S Chevrolet in Joplin, Mo. Completely documented car back to the original owner. I was told it was a two owner car and just about every single inspection slip is still with the car! I have never seen anymore paperwork on a corvette than this one! Simply amazing. For starters I have the original window sticker and EPA fuel economy sticker showing the vin # on it and what to expect as far as gas mileage, I have the original purchase agreement when ordered on 3-18-76 for the total delivered price of $9,399.85, the original deposit slip when ordered, the original pre-delivery inspection when arrived off transport to dealer dated 4/16/76, original registration papers and tax receipt, original odometer statement as car had 4.1 miles upon delivery, original warranty book with original owners information and most all original vin stickers that were used whenever brought back to dealer for any warranty issues, original freedom battery brochure, original 1976 passenger car maintenance schedule, original Firestone tire brochure, original 1976 consumer information brochure, original owners manual and paper bag that it came in with all original dealer information, all registration papers from 1976 through 2004, many, many inspections and odometer statements verifying the miles on the car, original sales brochure, original keys and spare tire lock, original Firestone spare tire and wheel never used with all markings still on it, original jack and lug wrench, original catalytic converter label still on driver’s side sunvisor, and the list goes on. You have to see the paperwork to appreciate everything that was kept on this corvette.
This corvette is a true original survivor car in very good condition. The interior is excellent showing little to no wear at all. The paint is presentable and shows well, but does have a few nicks and chips that have been touched up over the years. The car drives out and performs like a 17,000 mile car should. Very impressive when you get behind the wheel and drive this car. It goes down the road straight and tight and really is one of the better driving C3 models that I have driven. The window glass is all original in excellent shape, no cracks or repairs on dash pad, instruments all look fresh and clean, the steering wheel still shows all of the grain style texture and no wear, the carpet still looks good, the seats were removed, cleaned and given a nice refresh to make them stand tall, the door panels look great with only one repair on the driver’s side armrest but is not visible, all original weatherstrips still in great shape for 41 years old, you can still see the sloppy yellow glue that was used to install the weatherstrips from the factory, original labels and decals in alot of places, dome lights all work, choke on carburetor still operates properly, original rally style wheels and original trim rings & center caps in excellent shape, overall a nice presentable “survivor” type 1976 model corvette. Not perfect but very good condition for the age of the vehicle. Catalytic converter and original mufflers still on the car!
VIN # 1Z37L6S430347
This was the 30,347th 1976 model corvette built out of 46,558 made.
This actual corvette was built on Tuesday April 13th, 1976.
Features and options include:
L-48 350 C.I. 4-BBL V8 Engine
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Transmission
A31 Power Windows
C49 Electro-Clear Rear Defogger
J50 Power Disc Brakes
N40 Power Steering
C60 Four-Season Air Conditioning
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Wheel
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
UF1 Map Light
U58 AM/FM Stereo Radio
QZR GR70-15/B S/B Radial White Lettered Tires
Currently has Uniroyal Tiger Paws all matching in good condition white lettered size P225/70R15
10L Paint Code for Classic White
712 Interior Code for Firethorn Leather Seats as this was the Deluxe Leather interior Trim and was a $164 option in 1976. This option became standard in 1977.
Other features include: High Energy Ignition System, Positraction Rear Axle, Anti-Theft Alarm System, Tapered High Back Bucket Seats, Tinted Glass, 4-Wheel Independent Suspension, Engine Coolant Recovery System, Full Instrumentation, 160 MPH Speedometer, Wood-Grained Accents when Deluxe Interior Option was ordered, full size spare tire and wheel, and the list goes on.
1976 Corvette Highlights: Classic White was the #1 Color in 1976 Last year for seeing the “Stingray” emblems as 1977 models went to a cross flag style emblem. A new “sport” steering wheel for 1976 Corvettes was shared by Chevrolet Vega’s (and other Chevrolet models), a development not viewed well by Corvette enthusiasts Astro Ventilation was eliminated starting with 1976 models. This meant, among other things, that vents on the rear deck (just aft of the back window) were deleted. The carburetor air induction system was revised in 1976. Previously, air was drawn in at the rear of the hood, producing a slight howl audible from within the car. The air source point was moved forward, so that air was pulled in over the radiator. The 1976 hood is unique to the year. Engineers put a partial steel underbelly in the forward section of Corvettes starting in 1976 for added rigidity, weight reduction, and to better isolate the cockpit from heat generated by catalytic converters. Also, higher engine temperatures were intentional, one way to increase efficiency and partially offset emissions-related power losses. The 1976 was the last of the era to require a unique Delco radio due to the available console depth.