This is one exceptional 1977 Corvette. Real nice original “Survivor” car with only 37,900 miles. One of the nicest examples you will find and very well documented. Rare factory original Corvette Orange Exterior with Buckskin Leather Interior. This was the last year to see this color on a C3 Corvette and beyond until recently when a new Orange color was introduced on the C7 models. What makes this one unique is that the fact it is a factory 4-Speed car which is unusual in these models. This Corvette has been locally owned by an adult woman for the past 2 years. Well cared for and properly maintained. Driven on occasion to lubricate everything and keep the car in great mechanical working condition. The car for the most part is an all original survivor with the exception of some cosmetic things and some detailing on the chassis and engine compartment. The paint is extremely nice for the age of the car and shines well. Both the front and rear bumpers are the original urethane ones and are in exceptional shape with no cracking nor warping as so many you will see. No spider webbing on the paint. The car has very few nicks and definitely does not need a repaint as most survivors do. Original body panels and seams on this Corvette. Doors, hood, t-tops and headlights all line up nicely including the front and rear bumpers. Emblems all look fresh and are still originals. All of the glass is properly date coded and in excellent shape as well. Just an amazing example of a late C3 model Corvette.
The interior on this Corvette is all original for the most part. The leather seats and door panels are originals, showing only minimal wear. The steering wheel is still nice, dash assembly and gauges all look fresh and new, but are not and are original, original 8-track radio that does still operate and even the clock still works! The only thing we did was replace just the front carpet and floor mats, but all carpeting in the rear storage and behind the seats are original and do match up well with the new front lower carpet. We did replace the center plastic console and cleaned all a/c vents and all trim pieces to make them look as fresh and “like new”. I believe most anyone will be impressed by the condition of this Corvette. Original jack and lug wrench still intact behind the seats and as well as the t-top storage bags and the t-top roof panel chrome brackets that mount on the luggage rack when storing the t-tops on the luggage rack when driving. This option (RPO V54) was a one year only option in 1977 as all other years the luggage rack was a dealer installed item and not a factory original option. With special tabs made into the luggage rack for the brackets to line up on, you could place the t-tops on top of the luggage rack and fasten down with a strap to hold the t-tops in place. You can drive the car with those tops on the luggage rack giving you full access of the luggage compartment for other things. This was only a $73.00 option but rare.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND CHASSIS:
This Corvette underwent a nice cosmetic detail on the chassis and engine bay. The engine is the correct matching numbers one as well as the transmission and rear end. We did refinish the valve covers with new paint and gaskets, refinished the engine block with the blue paint that was used for the first time in 1977, new belts and hoses, all fluids changed including rear end grease, brake fluid and anti-freeze coolant, new chrome air cleaner lid but have an original black one like it would have came with, refinished the brake booster and new master cylinder cover, refinished the back side of the hood and installed a new underhood insulation, all new power steering hoses and control valve, new universal joints, removed the rear leaf spring and refinished it with new liners, new emergency brake cables, brake calipers rebuilt, new brake hoses, complete new “true dual” aluminized exhaust system from Corvette Central, refinished the original spare tire tub, original shocks still on this car and repainted, refinished the aluminum wheels with new lug bolts and center caps, newer GoodYear Eagle GT II white lettered tires installed along with a new spare tire as well, detailed frame and underbody with not overdoing it to preserve much of its originality, new front sway bar bushings, air conditioning reworked, new battery, complete front and wheel alignment, new tail light and back up light lenses, new parking grill assemblies, new lower front spoiler, and the list goes on. We have everything documented in a portfolio of what was done including receipts and photographs of the detailing process. Not everything needed to be redone on this car but was given what we call a “cosmetic detailing” where we try to go over everything and replace or rebuild what is needed. With the low mileage on this car many of the components were still in excellent operable shape, we just made the car better and more drivable if someone wanted to cruise around in the car or take on a road trip. I would not be afraid to drive this car about anywhere as it does not overheat and drives out smoothly. We also rebuilt the original shifter so it does shift out nice and with ease. All of the wipers, headlights, air conditioning and accessories do work on this Corvette. This one is an attention getter and shows well with any other Corvettes at any gatherings around the country. This was the last year for that straight back window and with this color and options, this one is sure to appreciate for a future investment as the much older models are very high right now in price making these models attractive and more and more sought after each day.
Copy Of The Original Purchase Agreement Dated 6-21-77
Original Build Sheet To The Car
Original Warranty Book With Original Owners Information
Original Sales Brochure
Window Sticker And Copy Of Original Dealer Invoice
Owners Manual With Original Paper Bag From Dealer
Copies Of Original Literature From 1977
Accessory List From 1977
Back In The Day Reflections Book From 1977
Prior Owner History With Names And Numbers
Instruction Sheets For Luggage & Roof Panel Rack
Photos Of Details Done To The Car Within The Last Two Years
Receipts Spent On Car From The Cosmetic Detailing
Appraisal On This Car Dated 1/31/18 in the amount of $30,500
Well Documented, Well Preserved and one of the nicest 77 models you will find available in today’s market.
Must see to appreciate the condition of this one!
C60 Four-Season Air Conditioning
C49 Electro-Clear Rear Defogger
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Wheel
UM2 AM-FM Radio, Stereo W/8-Track Tape Player
V54 Luggage & Roof Panel Carrier
A31 Power Windows
D35 Sport Mirrors LH Remote & RH Manual
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
NA2 Standard Emission System
Paint Code 66L (Corvette Orange)
Interior Code 642 ( Buckskin Leather Bucket)
Originally Sold New At:
Dexter Chevrolet Company
20811 West 8 Mile Road
Detroit, Michigan 48219
Original Purchase Date Was June 21st, 1977.
Original MSRP was $10,343.65
VIN # 1Z337L7S438646
This was the 38,646th Corvette Built In 1977.
Actual Build Date Of This Corvette Was Monday June 13th, 1977.
A total of 49,213 Corvettes were built in 1977.
Of that number only 4,012 were finished in Corvette Orange.
Only 5,922 were built with the M-20 Transmission out of the 49,213 total built making it rare, especially with this color combination.
This was the last year to see Orange as a factory color until recently released on the C7 models.
OTHER STANDARD FEATURES INCLUDE:
L-48 350 C.I. V8 Engine 4-BBL (Numbers Matching)
M20 Four-Speed Manual Transmission
Power 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Positraction Rear Axle
High-Energy Ignition System
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
Anti-Theft Audio Alarm System
Removable T-Top Roof Panels
Deluxe Leather Interior (Standard For 1977 Model Year As Was Optional All Previous Years)
Special Instrumentation (Last Year For The 160 MPH Speedometer)
KEY 1977 HIGHLIGHTS:
This was the last year to see a straight back window on a corvette.
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 new leather wrapped steering wheel was introduced.
The alarm activator was moved from the driver-side fender to the driver-side door lock in later production.
The “Stingray” badging was gone but new cross-flagged emblems were introduced in place of.
New option K30 Cruise Control was first introduced but required automatic transmission.
This was the first and only year that the luggage rack was a factory option. All other previous years the luggage rack was a dealer installed option. This was a $73.00 option.
Leather seats were standard for the first time in 1977, but a cloth-leather combination could have been ordered.
The headlight dimmer and windshield wiper/washer controls were located on steering column stalks. Sunshades were redesigned to permit swinging to the side windows.
The interior rearview mirror mounting point was relocated from above the windshield to the windshield itself.
This was the last year to see the 160 MPH Speedometer.
The bright trim work around the windshield that was seen on the 1976 models was painted black starting in 1977 due to sun glare. The stainless trim around the t-top roof panels was left alone though and was shiny.
Very early 1977 models that were built in August of 1976 still had orange painted engines, but starting in early September, the Flint Engine Assembly started painting the corvette engines blue and this lasted all the way through the 1982 model year.
1977 Corvette T-Top Sport Coupe
Finished In Corvette Orange With Buckskin Interior. Only 37,900 Actual Miles and nicely documented. Survivor Car With Excellent Paint & Interior And A Rare Factory 4-Speed Car!
Stock # 495
Rating # 2+