We recently acquired this 1976 Corvette from a man that bought this car from an estate just recently. The previous owner was local and had owned the car since 1988. He basically restored the car investing several thousands of dollars into the car as I can tell and it does present itself nicely. This was an original color and correct for this car called Mahogany with black vinyl interior. This was a one year only color and just 4,182 were painted this color. The overall car has nice body lines and the doors shut and close with ease and fit better than many I see. The hood gaps are nice and the glass all fits up well. The doors were removed when painted and finished out nicely with all new weatherstrip seals. Even the t-top weatherstripping is new and all of the t-top stainless trim has been replaced. The paint was done in base coat clear coat and a new rear fiberglass bumper was installed with new tail lights and back up lenses. I rated this car at a 3+ and probably could be a 2- with the exception of some minor flaws in the paint. The front nose does have a few chips on the very tip as commonly seen, and a few blemishes on a panel or two but not all that bad. Very presentable and I would not be ashamed to show it off at a local show or cruise-in. The emblems, door handles, front lower spoiler, have all been replaced and look nice and fresh.
The interior is in good condition with many new parts. The door panels and dash pad are new along with new carpeting and the console. The instruments do look nice and original and the car shows 76,429 miles and possibly are actual but I do not have any documentation to back that up. The steering wheel and trim still look original and presentable and do not need replacing. The jack and t-top storage bags are still in the back and the radio has been changed out to a retro-style am/fm one that fits in the exact hole that the original one did without any modifications. The gauges work with the exception of the tachometer that is not and the speedometer is working but off and not accurate. The odometer and trip odometer work as well as the wipers and headlights on the car. The original seat belts are intact as usually missing in some of these cars.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND CHASSIS:
As I mentioned before there has been a lot of money spent on this car and it shows. The engine is the correct L-48 matching numbers and runs and performs well. All new true-dual exhaust system and it does sound and idle great. The radiator and al hoses are new, belts, alternator, power steering components, vacuum hoses, sway bar bushings, shocks, brake calipers, master cylinder, are all new or rebuilt parts. The rear leaf spring has been changed out to the 1981 style mono-leaf one for lighter weight and a better ride. From what I can tell the suspension was rebuilt too. I have posted a few underneath shots of the car and the frame is excellent and smooth with no heavy pitting or rust. The spare tire compartment is intact and a spare tire and wheel is included. Even the original spare tire lock is on the car. The car is a factory air one and all of the components are new including the compressor, condenser, evaporator, etc. but is not currently charged and working as it should. With what was replaced I don’t see it being a big issue to get the air working on the car. We just haven’t had the time to look into the a/c and have priced the car like it is. I do have local sources that can look at that issue and if the car doesn’t sell we will look into doing that.
OPTIONS AND FEATURES INCLUDE:
L-48 350 C.I. V8 Engine (4-BBL) Numbers Matching
Automatic Transmission (3-Speed)
Factory Air Conditioning
Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
Power Four-Wheel Disc Brakes
Rear Window Defogger
AM/FM Radio ( Aftermarket Retro-Style)
Aluminum Wheels With BF/Goodrich T/A Tires
VIN # 1Z37L6S423234
Build Date: Friday February 20th, 1976.
Paint Code: 37L = Mahogany
Interior Code: 19V = Black Vinyl
A total of 46,558 Corvettes were built in 1976.
Only 4,182 were finished in this Mahogany color.
INTERESTING 1976 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 in 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. These were made by Kelsey Hayes in Mexico and the wheels are identified on their inside surfaces as to source and build location. The YJ8 option included four wheels and a conventional steel spare, in contrast to the five-wheel sets planned for 1973, and the 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 heat 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. The 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.
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.