We recently acquired this Corvette from the second owner out of Maryville MO. The car has never left this state and was originally sold new at Jim Robertson Chevrolet in Kirksville Missouri. The Corvette for the most part is an original Survivor car with one repaint said to have been done by the original owner. The color is called Corvette Light Blue by the Corvette Black Book but a copy of the original dealer invoice says to be called Silver Blue Metallic. It was one of the more popular colors for the 1977 model year producing 5,967 in this color. There were several interior choices available and this one has the dark blue leather also called Indigo Blue by the dealer invoice. This Corvette shows only 39,612 miles and is believed to be actual. The car runs and drives out nice and tight and most everything works on the car with the exception of the a/c. The air conditioning has been gone through at one time and it appears to have had a new compressor installed recently and converted to R134. The body is original and a no-hit one to the best of our knowledge. Both the front and rear urethane bumpers are original to this Corvette and have no stress cracking on them. The body lines fit up nicely and the t-tops as well as the hood alignment are about as good as they get for being original. The glass is nice and the emblems and trim still look presentable. The paint on the car is driver type of quality. It does have a nice shine and looks good from a few feet away but is older and does show some nicks and chips from being driven and the age. It is not a project car by any means and the paint is presentable to drive around and our price reflects that. It is truly a very good original car and is getting harder and harder to find those that have not really been messed with through the 43 years of age.
The interior of this 1977 is very good. For the most part it is all original and in nice condition for the age. We have replaced the carpeted floor mats with new reproduction ones but the carpeting is all original and in nice shape. No holes or tears as well as any stains. The leather seats are nice and original with the exception of the upper driver’s side cover as we recently had it replaced. We bought the best material you can buy and came from Al Knoch Interiors of Texas. The dash and gauges still look good and are operating except for the clock. The original radio does work and has not been altered. The leather steering wheel is original and we did give it a nice refresh coat of dye. No cracking on it or excessive wear. The dash pad is good as well but does have a crack where the speaker grills are at which tends to be common on these models. No other cracking on it and I personally would not replace it at this time. The door panels are also original and dated coded on the back as we had one off. They do have a few blemishes but overall decent and the trim and carpeting on those are still in great shape. The rear carpeting and jack storage area is also in very good shape and it does still have the original jack and lug wrench with the car. The seat belts are also original and in great condition. When you look under the dash and observe the wiring, gas pedal and brake pedal there is no doubting the mileage on the car and nothing has been altered or tampered with. The interior on this C3 stands pretty tall.
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 can definitely tell this one was not in a Northern climate and well kept throughout the years. It still retains its original catalytic converter and date coded spark plug wires.
Engine and drivetrain are original to this Corvette and are numbers matching. Mufflers have been replaced at one time. Wheels are the Rally style with original trim rings and center caps. Tires have plenty of tread depth and all are matching. Spare wheel is original but the tire has been changed out at some point. We did replace the valve cover gaskets, changed the oil and filter and had the transmission fluid serviced.
The engine in this Corvette is the L-48 350 C.I. V8 with an automatic transmission.
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
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
U58 AM/FM Stereo Radio (Original)
V54 Luggage And Roof Panel Carrier
ZX2 Convenience Group
26L Corvette Silver Blue Metallic
272 Indigo Blue Leather Bucket (Dark Blue)
ORIGINAL MSRP WAS $10,276.65
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.
This Corvette was originally sold new at:
Jim Robertson Chevrolet, Inc
North Highway 63 Box N
Kirksville, MO 63501
VIN # 1Z37L7S441770
Actual Build Date Was Wednesday July 6th, 1977
This was a very late production 1977 model.
This was car # 41,770 out of 49,213 total units produced that year.
Silver Blue Metallic was one of the more popular colors for this model year.
This was the third best selling color in 1977 being white was number 1 and black # 2.
This Corvette does retain its matching numbers original engine and drivetrain.
Documents with this Corvette include a copy of the original dealer invoice dated 07/09/77, window sticker, owners manual, previous owner history and copies of that title, signed odometer statement from previous owner, inspection slip, some service receipts, and other information pertaining to the 1977 model year.
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.
1977 Corvette T-Top Sport Coupe
Silver Blue Metallic With Dark Blue Leather Interior. Two owner car with 39,612 miles. L-48 Automatic with Factory Air and Power Windows.
Great entry level driver quality type of C3 Corvette.
Stock # 518
Rating # 3