We recently acquired this 1977 Corvette with only 14,150 miles. The original had passed and the widow had kept the car up until 2018 when she sold it to a gentleman in Henderson Nevada until we acquired it. The car is a two owner car and finished in Corvette Orange with Buckskin leather interior. This color really shows well on these C3 body lines and turns heads wherever you go. This was the last year to see an orange exterior color on a C3 Corvette and as well through the C4 and C5 generation. It wasn’t until the C6 models that they even offered an orange color and still is not like this one. This is a nice original “Survivor” Corvette with all of its original interior in great condition, original window glass, original front and rear urethane bumpers that have not decentegrated or cracked, and much of its original paint. The overall car is presentable and clean. We did install new BF/Goodrich Radial White Lettered T/A tires and added new aluminum 77 wheels from Corvette America. The car originally came with Rally wheels, but personally we like the look of the aluminum style, especially on these later C3 models. Much of the car is untouched. Original dated coded alternator that we had rebuilt, original exhaust system with the catalytic converter still intact, original matching numbers engine and drivetrain, original rebuilt carburetor, recent tune up with new spark plugs and serviced. The brake calipers have been replaced by the previous owner.
The photos of this Corvette is basically the way we purchased it. Our plans if it does not sell, is to do a nice cosmetic detailing on the chassis and engine compartment. The chassis is original and untouched, but we do like to detail our cars alittle further than most and are priced accordingly. This does not mean that is has to be done as it is presentable they way it is, we just like to take our cars to the next level in some cases.
The original spare tire and wheel are still underneath the car, original spare tire lock, frame is nice and some markings are still visible on the chassis, believed to be original shocks still on the car as well. For the most part only some cosmetic things have been rebuilt or replaced do to age.
The interior is very presentable for being 42 years old. The leather seats show minimal wear and have no tears or rips. The door panels are nice and only have a couple flaws, but do not need replacing. Weatherstripping is still good but we did replace the t-top weatherstrips. The dash pad has no cracks or signs of repairs. The gauges and center cluster all look nice and fresh with crisp colored needles showing little to no fading. Seat belts are intact and the car retains its original carpeting which is amazing. The floor mats are replacements as this car was ordered without them. Yes believe it or not floor mats were an optional feature back in those days. It was a $22.00 option listed in the Black Book. All lights and gauges function with the exception of the clock, which is still a mechanical movement. Inside rearview mirror glass is excellent and not discolored as I have seen on the past on many of these models. No disappointments on the interior.
FEATURES AND OPTIONS INCLUDE:
L-48 5.7L 350 C.I. V8 Engine (4-BBL)
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission
C60 Factory Air Conditioning
C49 Electro-Clear Rear Defogger
A31 Power Windows
N37 Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel Leather Wrapped
U69 AM/FM Radio
NA2 Standard Emission System
QRZ GR70-15/B S/B Radial W/Lettered Tires (Original Equipment)
Currently has new BF/GoodRich Radial White Lettered Tires Size P225/70R-15
66L Paint Code For Corvette Orange
642 Interior Code For Buckskin Leather
Other features include power steering, power 4-wheel disc brakes, positraction rear axle, custom interior, special instrumentation, tinted glass, high energy ignition system, 4-wheel independent suspension, removable t-top roof panels, anti-theft audio alarm system and a 160 mph speedometer with a tachometer.
Original base price of a 1977 Corvette was $8,647.65.
This particular Corvette listed new for $10.081.65.
Included in the base price was the L-48 350 C.I. V8, 4-speed wide-ratio transmission, T-tops, and leather interior trim.
Originally delivered to:
Jerry’s Chevrolet Inc.
1940 East Joppa Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
There were 49,213 Corvettes produced in 1977.
This was a late 1977, number 43,140th built.
Actual build date was Friday July 15th 1977.
Out of those numbers only 4,012 were finished in Corvette Orange.
Included with this Corvette is a copy of the original dealer invoice, window sticker, original owners manual, sales brochure, assembly manual, t-top storage bags, original jack and lug wrench, original spare tire intact, original spare tire lock, previous owner history, signed odometer statement by the second owner, original consumer information brochure, original sunvisor tag, and a InstaVin Vehicle History Report.
KEY FEATURES AND FACTS ON THE 1977 MODEL 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. 1977 models without RPO N37 had 1976 style steering wheels.
Early 1977 option listings contained CC1 glass roof panels ($200), but these were never available during the 1977 due to a marketing exclusivity dispute between Chevrolet and the panel vendor. Chevrolet released its own glass panels in 1978 $349; the vendor sold their panels in the aftermarket under the trade name “Moon Roofs”.
We happen to have a set of those original “Moon Roofs” available if someone wanted that look.
Effective with # 1Z37X7S427373, the alarm activator was moved from the driver-side fender to the driver-side door lock. You will see in our inventory with some on the driver-side front and fender and some without that. This was a mid-production change in 1977.
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.
Leather seats were standard for the first time in 1977, but a cloth-leather combination could be substituted at no cost. (Special Order)
Cruise Control was first introduced in 1977 option code K30.
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.
OTHER INFORMATION LISTED IN THE ORIGINAL SALES BROCHURE FOR THIS MODEL INCLUDES:
ON THE OUTSIDE:
Corvette’s low-slung aerodynamic styling and fiberglass body need no introduction. Also:
Lightweight, remove-and-store roof panels convert your Corvette in seconds from closed-to-open-top coupe, or vice versa.
Energy-absorbing bumpers covered by soft, molded urethane in body color.
Dual molded bumper guards, front and rear.
Flush, retracting dual-headlamps; dual-unit circular tail lights.
Soft-Ray tinted glass.
Black windshield posts give new “thin pillar” look.
15” x 8” standard steel wheels.
Hide-A-Way windshield wipers.
New exterior colors: Yellow, Orange, Black, Dark Red, Dark Blue, Light Blue Metallic & Tan Buckskin. Continued and carried over from previous year were classic white, silver and medium red.
Overhead and underpanel courtesy lights actuate automatically when either door opens, or manually with the headlight switch.
Panel-mounted map pockets.
Extensive sound insulation.
Nylon, cut-pile, color keyed carpeting for passenger and luggage compartment.
Luggage compartment behind seats and two storage chambers (one lockable for valuables), featuring increased ease of access for 1977.
Now standard is the custom level interior trim., featuring choice of leather (back cover) or cloth-and-leather seating surfaces (below) on full foam, deep-contoured bucket seats. Select from black, buckskin, red, smoke gray, blue or brown. Or choose from leather-seat interiors in white with buckskin, red, smoke gray or blue accents.
CORVETTE ENGINES HAVE:
High Energy Ignition, a solid-state system that delivers up to 85% hotter spark to the plugs than a conventional system.
Hydraulic valve lifters.
Coolant recovery system to help reduce coolant loss.
Delcotron generator with solid-state regulator.
Head Room: 36.2”
Shoulder Room: 47.9”
Hip Room: 48.8”
Leg Room: 52.1”
Luggage Space: 7.8 cu. ft.
Wheels 15” x 8”
Overall Length: 185.2”
Overall Width: 69.0”
Loaded Height: 48.0”
1977 Corvette T-Top Coupe
Only 14,150 Miles and finished in Unique
Corvette Orange With Buckskin Leather Interior. L-48 Automatic With Factory Air. Last year to see this color on a C3 Corvette!
Stock # 502
Rating # 3+