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1977 Chevrolet Corvette C3

Chevrolet made a radical departure from its typical production of sensible family transportation when it introduced a two-seater sportscar in 1953. Power was from the company's 235.5 cubic-inch (3.8-liter) overhead-valve straight-six backed by an automatic transmission, features that attracted much adverse criticism at the time. In 1955, a V8 engine was introduced followed by a radical restyle the following year, helping place the Corvette on a path to becoming the world's best-selling and longest-lived sportscar.

The heavily revised Corvette Sting Ray arrived in 1963 using a new ladder-type chassis. Four years later a slight change of model name ushered in the totally restyled 'Stingray'. In 1968 the Stingray became a 'notchback' coupe with the removable rear window and detachable two-piece Targa-type roof, while the convertible version could be ordered with optional hardtop. The Corvette continued in this guise well into the 1980s being replaced for 1984 by the sixth generation of America's classic sportscar.

On November 7th of 1969 - fifteen years after production of the Corvette began, Chevrolet produced its first quarter-million Corvette - a Riverside Gold convertible. Eight years later it reached the half-million mark when Chevrolet General Sales Manager Robert Lund drove a Classic White coupe off the assembly line on March 15, 1977. The enthusiasm for the Corvette was monumental especially considering the rising sticker prices and the demise of the convertible in 1975. Corvette sales had steadily increased during the 1970s, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in 1973 before soaring to a record 49,213 in 1977.

The interior of the 1977 Corvette was redesigned mainly so it could accommodate the GM Delco radios.

During the 1977 model year, the power steering was very popular with all vehicles, except 173, ordered the optional equipment. Every car purchased had the optional power brakes. Leather seats became standard for the first time, however, the cloth seats could be chosen at no extra cost.

Horsepower remained the same at 180 in the standard 350 cubic-inch V-8 and 210 in the optional L82, however, the numbers rose across the board. Base price increased to $8,648 for 1977, a full $1,043 over 1976 and almost $2,000 over 1975. Optional extras drove the base prices higher for many of the Corvettes, as owners added such amenities as air conditioning, power windows, tilt-telescopic steering, and upscale sound systems. The M40 automatic transmission, a no-cost option, also dominated over the once-beloved 4-speed manual transmission.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2005

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1977 Corvette C3
$8,650-$115,000
1977 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Base Price : $8,650

Other 1977 Chevrolet Models
$3,485 - $4,150
$4,115 - $5,170

Corvette C3

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 390.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 400.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 430.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 435.00hp
$4,350 - $4,661
38,762
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 350.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 390.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 400.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 430.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 435.00hp
$4,425 - $4,765
98.00 in.
$4,765 - $4,765
17,316
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 350.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 370.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 390.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 460.00hp
$5,130 - $5,470
98.00 in.
$5,130 - $17,000
21,801
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 270.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 350.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 385.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 425.00hp
$5,300 - $5,535
27,004
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 200.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 255.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 270.00hp
$5,245 - $5,296
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 500.00hp
$5,245 - $5,470
30,463
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 190.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 275.00hp
$5,690 - $5,920
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 400.00hp
$13,990 - $13,990
37,501
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 195.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 454.00 CID., 270.00hp
$6,155 - $6,375
38,665
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 165.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 205.00hp
$6,855 - $7,115
46,558
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 180.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 210.00hp
$7,600 - $7,600
49,213
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 180.00hp
8 cyl., 351.80 CID., 210.00hp
$8,650 - $8,650
46,776
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 170.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 185.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 220.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 350.00hp
$9,450 - $13,670
53,807
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 195.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 225.00hp
$10,220 - $10,220
40,614
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 305.00 CID., 180.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 190.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 230.00hp
$13,140 - $13,140
40,606
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 190.00hp
$15,300 - $15,300
40,606
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 349.97 CID., 450.00hp
$15,300 - $15,300
25,407
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 349.97 CID., 200.00hp
$18,300 - $22,600

Industry Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)1,297,357
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

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