Another rare find with and unbelievable amount of original paperwork. This 1977 Corvette was sold new in Neosho Missouri and has never left this area. Excellent history on an original no-hit car finished in black exterior with black leather interior. 1977 was the first year to see the reintroduction of the black exterior paint as 1969 was the last year to see it as a choice color on these C3 Corvettes. 1977 ended up being one of the best years out of the C3 generation, not to mention the last year to see the straight back window glass. This particular car has had a good life and has been stored inside. The car has been repainted at sometime, but still does shine and is very presentable. The body lines are excellent and the doors close with ease. The doors close on this Corvette better than any I have seen in years! The door jambs were left untouched and all labels are still visible and not harmed. The window glass is clean with no scratches or nicks from chips and the power windows go up and down quickly. The t-tops fit exceptional and the weatherstripping looks as new, but actually is all original. Even the weatherstrips are soft and not hard and brittle as you would tend to think. This just goes to show you if you take care of your vehicle and maintain it, the car will last for years as this one has. Everything functions on the car such as the headlights, windshield wipers, gauges, and even the air conditioning as it has been reworked and converted to R134 in the past year. I personally have driven this car close to 100 miles one way with no issues, drove straight and performed very well. It has had a tune up recently. No overheating issues and I would not be afraid to drive this one about anywhere. Heater and all controls on the console to function properly. We have been fortunate to find these nice original low mileage C3s over the years and this one is just another example of a very solid original one that other than the paint, has been mostly left alone. Once you get behind the wheel of this car you will see what I am talking about if you have ever driven one of these models.
The interior on this particular Corvette is exceptional. No real wear at all on the seats, door panels, and dash pad. The door panels are excellent with no cracking on the armrest portions where you tend to see. The also align up nice and fit well. The seats are genuine leather and are soft and nice. Even the foam is still somewhat firm and has not collapsed. The seat belts are intact and even the door buzzer still operates. The dash pad not only fits well, but look as new and the defroster vent fits excellent as those are plastic and tend to break or get warped from the sunlight. We did replace the center plastic console as we tend to do that with all of out 77s as they are plastic and easily scratch. Non-smoker vehicle as well. Carpeting is still nice and is not torn or broken up due to age. Original jack and lug wrench still intact as well. All interior trim pieces are in nice shape too. The radio is the only non-original interior part as it is an aftermarket am/fm cassette stereo that does fit in the original space in the center console that the original would have. The radio is from custom auto sound and does have new dash speakers. Sounds good. The leather wrapped steering wheel is also in very nice shape. Gauges are not faded and all of the needles on them still look crisp and fresh. Tachometer, speedometer, odometer all still work as they should.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND CHASSIS:
For the most part the engine bay and chassis have been untouched and is in nice presentable shape. No undercoating whatsoever to hide things. The valve covers and air breather are original to the car and still has the ignition shielding intact. The frame is very solid and smooth with no pitting or rust. Very clean underneath and even some of the original markings are still visible. Nice original spare tire compartment as well.
You definitely can tell the car was not a northern car and has been in a fairly good climate as it has never left southwest Missouri.
Original Purchase Agreement Dated October 17th, 1977
Original Window Sticker And EPA Sticker
Original Pre-Delivery Inspection Dated 8-6-77
Original Warranty Book Dated 10-19-77
Original Receipt Of Payment In Full For The Car
Original Inspection And Odometer Statement
Original Registration Papers
Original Knock-Outs For Both Sets Of Keys
Original 1977 Consumer Information Brochure
Original 1977 Passenger Car Maintenance Brochure
Original Cruise Control Tag
Original Freedom Battery Brochure
Original Firestone Tire Brochure
Original Salesman Business Card (Have Several)
Original Operating Brochure For Anti-Theft Alarm
Original Owners Manual And Plastic Bag It Came In
Original Paper Sleeve From Dealer That The Owners Manual And Papers Were Kept In
Title History, Odometer Statements from previous owners, and several receipts on this car that was spent on routine maintenance over the years is included in a nice three ring binder. The documentation with this Corvette is like no other and simply impressive!
When it comes to paperwork on these cars it does add significant value to them as most do not have anything. This helps document the car and gives the new buyer a history behind the vehicle that they are buying.
This Corvette has several options which consist of:
A31 Power Windows
B32 Color-Keyed Front Floor Mats
C49 Electro-Clear Rear Defogger
C60 Four-Season Air Conditioning (Working)
D35 Sport Mirrors LH Remote & RH Manual
K30 Cruise-Master Speed Control
L48 350-4 BBL V8 Engine
M40 Turbo Hydramatic Automatic Transmission
NA2 Standard Emissions System
N37 Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
QRZ GR70-15/B S/B Radial White Lettered Tires
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
UM2 Stereo Tape W/AM/FM Stereo Radio
V54 Luggage And Roof Panel Carrier
ZX2 Convenience Group
19L Corvette Black
192 Black Leather Bucket
ORIGINAL MSRP WAS $10,429.65
Other standard equipment included power 4-wheel disc brakes, power steering, removable t-top roof panels, rally wheels, high energy ignition system, anti-theft audio alarm system, 4-wheel independent suspension, positraction rear axle, custom interior with leather seats, 160 mph speedometer with full gauges and console, tinted glass and the list goes on.
The tires on this Corvette have been changed to white lettered BF/Goodrich radial T/A’s.
This Corvette was originally sold new at:
Spicer Chevrolet-Olds Inc.
920 South Neosho Blvd.
Neosho, MO 64850
Originally sold new on October 17th, 1977.
Delivered to a gentleman in Webb City MO new.
This Corvette actually had mileage on it when it was purchased new. Delivered on August 6th, 1977 the dealer drove the car 2,043 miles believe it or not and sold it for full msrp sticker price! I have the documents to back this up.
VIN # 1Z37L7S445052
Actual Build Date Was Friday July 29th, 1977.
This was a very late production 1977 model.
This was car # 45,052 out of 49,213 total units produced that year.
Black Exterior Color Choice was the second highest choice in colors for 1977.
Classic White was the # 1 color in 1977 selling 9,408 units in that color.
This Corvette does retain its matching numbers original engine and drivetrain.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS TO THE 1977 MODEL YEAR:
This was the last year to see the straight back window glass 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 model years the luggage rack was a dealer installed item and not factory.
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 relocated to the steering column stalks. Sunshades were redesigned to permit swinging away 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 ZX2 Convenience Group option was a first for 1977. This included dome light delay, headlight warning buzzer, underhood light, low fuel warning light, interior courtesy lights and a right side visor mirror.
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 thought it was shiny. This was painted black starting in 1978.
Very early production 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.