This 1977 Chevrolet Corvette is a very rare one. You seldom ever see a black one not to mention the stunning red interior. 1977 was the first year since 1969 that the exterior color of black was offered as a choice of colors. From 1970 through 1976 black was not listed as an exterior choice of color.
This one has the unique Red Cloth and Leather Bucket seat material. Leather became standard in 1977 however you could order the cloth combination. This usually was a special order. The other unique features are the L-82 Special 350 C.I. V8 Engine with the 4-Speed Manual Transmission. Manual transmission cars were very rare in itself as only just a few thousand were built out of 49,213 total produced that year. Only 15,296 miles are showing on the odometer and are believed to be original. This car is basically a “Survivor” one showing some aging over time. Many original components are still intact and are on the car including the original shocks, catalytic converter, smog equipment, most of the exhaust system, original window glass, interior, and some visible markings on the chassis. Are intention with this corvette is to go through it and give it a nice cosmetic restoration with details to the engine bay and chassis along with some minor touch ups to the interior. The interior still shows well and is very presentable. Even the original catalytic converter decal is still on the drivers side sunvisor in excellent condition. Buzzers and lights all work. The body lines are great on the car and the fit is about as good as they came in 1977. The paint does show it’s age and wear and we are debating about giving the car a nice repaint in lacquer. This is still yet to be determined and the car will be priced both ways. The car does drives out tight and like a 15,000 mile car should. This corvette was nicely optioned out with almost everything available in 1977. We do have some documentation with the car including the original owners manual, a copy of the original dealer invoice, window sticker, some prior owner history, original sales brochure, original jack and lug wrench, and several items pertaining to the 1977 model year.
Optional Equipment includes:
L-82 Special 350 c.i. 4-bbl V8 Engine
M-20 4-Speed Manual Transmission
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension
C60 Four-Season Air Conditioning
A31 Power Windows
C49 Electro-Clear Rear Defogger
D35 Sport Mirrors LH Remote & RH Manual
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Wheel
UM2 AM/FM Radio, Stereo with 8-track tape player
V54 Luggage & Roof Panel Carrier
ZX2 Convenience Group
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
QRN GR-70-15/B S/B Radial B/Wall Tires
NA2 Standard Emission System
19L Code for Corvette Black Exterior
72C Code for Red Cloth & Leather Interior Combination
Other features on the 1977 model corvette that were considered standard equipment include, power steering, power 4-wheel disc brakes, positraction rear axle, anti-theft alarm system, high-energy ignition system, tinted glass, special instrumentation, 4-wheel independent suspension, leather wrapped steering wheel, and the list goes on.
This Corvette originally came only with the Rally Style wheels and trim rings and the optional aluminum wheels have been added to the car. I do still have the original rally wheels and trim rings that are available with the car if desired.
This was the 27,958th corvette built out of 49,213 total produced in 1977
VIN # 1Z37X7S427958
Fifth digit in vin “X” designates the L-82 engine option
Original build date was Thursday March 24th, 1977
Interesting Facts for the 1977 Corvette Model Year:
Last year to see the straight back window glass
Last year for the 160 mph speedometer
Last year for a full size spare tire and wheel
The Luggage & Roof Panel Carrier was a very first for a factory option.
This option let you store the t-top roof panels on the luggage rack to free up space behind the seats where you normally would put the t-tops at.
The Black exterior color was brought back as being absent for the past 7 years.
Between August 23 and September 7, 1976, Flint Engine changed from orange paint to blue for Corvette engines. Thus, early production 1977 models were orange, later production were blue.
A new console held heater and air conditioning controls and accepted standard Delco radios due to its increased depth. A new steering column positioned the steering wheel two inches closer to the instrument panel to provide more of an “arms out” driving position, and easier entry and exit.
A newly redesigned leather wrapped steering wheel was introduced.
Sunshades were redesigned to permit swinging to the side windows.
The headlight dimmer and windshield wiper/washer controls were located on steering column stalks.
The alarm activator was moved from the driver-side fender to the driver-side lock itself in later production models.
The ZX2 convenience group option as this car has included dome light delay, headlight warning buzzer, underhood light, low fuel warning light, interior courtesy lights and right side visor mirror.
The RPO FE7 Option “Gymkhana Suspension as this corvette has included stiffer front sway bar and stiffer springs.
This Corvette has great potential and is a very good investment with the unique color combo and rare options.