This 1976 Corvette was a southern Illinois find and shows only 34,500 miles. Believed to be actual miles and drives that way as well. Very clean car and from what we have gathered the car has spent its life in Illinois. There still is a decal from MCBRIDE Chevrolet in Staunton, Illinois and is where we believe it sold new at. The car is finished in Red with Black Interior and is mostly an original Survivor car with much of its original paint and all original interior. The body and paint is still in nice condition with a few minor flaws as expected for a 42 year old car. The glass is all good and both front and rear original urethane bumpers have no cracking. All lights work including the headlights with ease and still retain the original headlight bulbs. The doors, hood and t-tops all fit nicely. The paint does still have a nice shine but not perfect. Many labels including the ones on the inside drivers door are still intact. Rocker moldings and all emblems are nice as well. As far as the interior goes you will not find one much nicer. It is very clean and still all in excellent condition. No tears or repairs that I can see. Door panels are excellent along with the original carpeting, dash pad, console and steering wheel. All gauges look like they have been restored but have not. They all function with the exception of the clock, and look nice and fresh including the lenses. The console still shows well and all of the wood grained accents still look very good. This was the last year to see the wood grained accents as this was included with the optional deluxe interior which gave you the nice plush carpeting, carpet and accents on door panels, and the leather seats. This became standard in 1977 however, the wood grained accents were gone. The steering wheel as well is nice and very unique to the 1976 model as you will not see this on later years unless the car was ordered without tilt/telescopic steering column. The original seat belts are all there and the center armrest console is not cracked as typically seen. Original Delco radio and working still intact. The interior condition is a strong #2 where as the paint is close but rated a #3+.
The engine compartment and chassis still look presentable. Much of the engine bay is original and it does retain its matching numbers engine. No add-ons or modifications I am aware of. The exhaust system although has been replaced at some time with newer and better sounding mufflers. The frame is solid and in great shape with little to no pitting. Most anyone I believe will be pleased with the condition of the chassis. It is not detailed like a restored show car, but overall nice and presentable. The original spare tire and wheel is still in the tub along with the spare tire lock, jack and lug wrench.
Although this car is not as documented as some of the others we have, I do believe the miles are right and the condition of the car speaks for itself when you get behind the wheel and drive it.
Another solid original find that is priced to sell.
VIN # 1Z37L6S438562
This was the 38,562nd Corvette built in 1976 out of 46,558 total made for this model year.
Actual build date of this Corvette was Tuesday June 15th, 1976.
Only 4,590 were finished in Red for 1976.
Included with the car IS previous owner history, owners manual, one set of original keys, t-top storage bags, InstaVin Vehicle History Report, and an assembly manual for this car. The owner ,whom we purchased this car from, knows more of the previous owner history and he is available to talk with if needed. This car was in the Alton Illinois area when we bought it.
We did add the nice aluminum wheels to the car that have been fully polished out to a show finish and installed BF/GoodRich White Lettered Radial T/A Tires. The tires are just a few years old but have little to no miles on them and plenty of tread life left. In my opinion they really finish the look off on this model of Corvette. We also d have a nice set of Rally Wheels if someone was to prefer them over these that are on the car now.
1976 CORVETTE FACTS:
This was the last year to see the “Stingray” badging on a Corvette.
The carburetor air induction system was revised in 1976. Previously, air was drawn in at the rear of the hood, producing a slight howl audible from within the car. The air source point was moved forward, so that air was pulled over the radiator. The 1976 hood is unique to the year.
The aluminum wheels announced for 1973 arrived as a bona fide option with the 1976 model. The YJ8 option included four wheels and a conventional steel spare, in contrast to the five-wheel sets planned for 1973, and to the five-wheel knock-off and bolt-on aluminum wheel option of 1963-1967.
Engineers put a partial steel underbelly in the forward section of Corvettes starting in 1976 for added rigidity, weight reduction, and to better isolate the cockpit from generated by catalytic converters. Also, higher engine temperatures were intentional, one way to increase efficiency and partially offset emissions-related power losses.
Astro Ventilation was eliminated starting with 1976 models. This meant, among other things, that vents on the rear deck (just aft of the back window) were deleted.
A new “sport” steering wheel for 1976 Corvettes was shared by Chevrolet Vegas (and other Chevrolet models), a development not viewed well by Corvette enthusiasts.
GM’s “freedom” battery, a new sealed and maintenance-free unit, was included with all 1976 models.
Some late-production 1976 Corvettes were built with parts normally associated with 1977 models, especially interior components.
Two styles of rear bumpers were used. The first had smaller, recessed “Corvette” letters. The second style had larger letters, not recessed.
The 1976 was the last of the era to require a unique Delco radio due to the available console depth.
A 350ci, 180hp engine, 4-speed wide-ratio manual transmission, T-Tops, and vinyl interior trim were included in the base price.
This 1976 Corvette was equipped with:
L-48 350ci V8 Engine (4-BBL Carburetor)
M40 Turbo-Hydramatic Automatic Transmission (350 Turbo 3-Speed)
C60 Optional Air Conditioning
C49 Rear Window Defogger
J50 Power 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
N41 Power Steering
U69 AM/FM Radio (Original & Working)
UF1 Map Light (On Rearview Mirror) Still Works!
N37 Tilt/Telescopic Steering Column
Dealer Installed Luggage Rack
Deluxe Leather Interior Trim W/Wood-Grained Accents
Aluminum Wheels (Polished) W/White Lettered BF/GoodRich Tires
Custom interior included leather seat trim, wood-grained accents and lower carpet trim on inner door panels, wood-grained accents on console, and special cut-pile carpeting.
Listed as separate options initially, power brakes (J50) and power steering (N41) were included in an increased base price during 1976.
All 1976 Corvettes had power brakes; all but 173 had power steering.
RPO C49 used glass heating elements instead of forced air and the terminology changed from “defroster” to “defogger”.
In 1976, 1,203 Corvettes were ordered without a radio.
Sales to Canada for 1976 were 4,289.