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1976 Chevrolet Chevelle

The 1976 Chevy Chevelle was available in two series including a Malibu and Malibu Classic, along with a Laguna Sport coupe. This would be the final year for the Laguna S-3. Body styles on the Chevelle Malibu include a Colonnade Coupe, Colonnade Sedan, and a 6- and 9-passenger station wagon. The Chevelle Malibu Classic line had the same body styles as the Malibu lineup plus two Estate Wagons and a Landau Coupe. The most popular body style in all of the trim levels was the Malibu Classic Colonnade Coupe which achieved 82,634 sales. This was followed by the Malibu Classic Colonnade Sedan which had 77,560 examples produced. The third most popular body style was the Malibu Colonnade Sedan which had 38,469 sales. The Malibu and Malibu Classic was available with either six- or eight-cylinder engines. The Laguna S-3 was strictly a V8 model.

The Malibu Classic had a restyled front end which featured stacked rectangular headlamps separated by a diamond-pattern grille. New bumpers could also be found in both the front and rear. They had wide bright rocker panel moldings and window moldings, helping to separate them from their Malibu siblings.

The standard Malibu models had single-round headlamps with bright bezels. Both the Malibu and Malibu Classics had a restyled rear end featuring a tapered rear panel, with horizontal rectangular tail lamps.

The base engine was a 250 CID inline-six mated to either a three-speed manual or optional Turbo Hydra-Matic. Chevrolet added a new 305 small-block V8 engine to the lineup which was advertised as producing fewer hydrocarbons and providing better fuel economy than the prior 350 CID V8. The 454 CID was no longer offered.

All Chevelles, except for the entry-level six-cylinder models, had power brakes. Standard equipment included front disc brakes, heater/defroster, cut-pile carpeting, lighter, and hide-away wipers. Chevelles equipped with V8s had a standard 305 engine with a Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, as well as power brakes and steering.

The Laguna models were aerodynamically styled with color-keyed bumper impact strips, sport mirrors, louvered coach windows, rally wheels, and S-3 name on the grille, front fenders, and rear panel. Buyers had the option of purchasing a sport roof and sport striping. The inside featured a round-dial instrument panel and woodgrain vinyl accents.

by Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2016

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1976 Vehicle Profiles

1976 Chevrolet Chevelle vehicle information

Colonial Coupe

This vehicle is a 1976 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna Type S-3 Series E powered by a 350 cubic-inch V8 engine. It has an automatic gearbox, power steering and brakes, and the rare half-vinyl top and swivel front bucket seats. Only 9,100 were built in 19....[continue reading]

Colonial Coupe

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1976 Chevelle
1976 Chevrolet Chevelle Price Range: $3,640 - $5,115

Other 1976 Chevrolet Models
$3,250 - $3,970
$3,760 - $4,320


116.00 in.
8 cyl., 307.00 CID., 115.00hp
8 cyl., 250.00 CID., 145.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 145.00hp
8 cyl., 400.00 CID., 150.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 175.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 215.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 245.00hp
$2,750 - $3,790
116.00 in.
347.84 CID.
, 402.76 CID.
, 451.58 CID.
6 cyl., 250.00 CID., 100.00hp
6 cyl., 250.01 CID., 110.00hp
$3,049 - $4,500
116.00 in.
6 cyl., 250.00 CID., 105.00hp
8 cyl., 305.00 CID., 140.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 145.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 165.00hp
8 cyl., 400.00 CID., 175.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 235.00hp
$3,640 - $5,115
112.00 in.
6 cyl., 250.00 CID., 110.00hp
8 cyl., 305.00 CID., 145.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 170.00hp
$3,935 - $3,935

Industry Production

1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)1,673,093
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)2,288,745
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)2,284,749
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)2,375,436
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)2,543,153
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)2,103,862
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)1,755,773
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)2,333,839
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)2,579,509
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)2,420,564
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)1,830,319

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