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The 1976 Corvette

1976 Black Corvette Coupe


The 1976 Corvette included a modified hood that changed the air induction system to pull air from further forward over the radiator. This eliminated a howl that could be heard in the cabin due to the old intake placement next to the front window. "Astro Ventilation" was removed and the ducts on the rear deck were removed along with it. Aluminum wheels were finally available and were installed on 6,253 Vette's. A partial steel underbody replaced some fiberglass to improve rigidity and shield the cabin from engine and exhaust heat. The new Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 Automatic transmission available with the base V-8 was lighter and also improved shifting at wide-open throttle. The Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 was kept with the optional V-8 and the torque converter was updated. The convertible option was no longer available. A new badge on the tail of the car was all one piece instead of the seperate letters used before. The new "sport" steering wheel was smaller than previous wheels, is was also the same wheel used on the Chevrolet Vega this year. Because of this Corvette owners complained and this is the only year for the Vega steering wheel.

Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1976 Corvettes Built - 46,558

Serial numbers: 1Z37x6S400001 to 1Z37x6S446558

The "Vehicle Identification Number" (also VIN or serial number) is stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.
Position Character Description
1 1 Chevrolet Division
2 Z Corvette
37 Coupe
5 L ZQ3 350-cid V8, 180-hp, 4-barrel
X X = L82 350-cid V8, 210-hp, 4-barrel
6 6 1976
7 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
8 to 13 400001 to 446558 production sequence

Engine Serial Number

1976 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number.

Code Engine Horsepower Compression Transmission Fuel Supply
CHC 350-cid 210-hp V-8 9.0:1 Manual Four-Barrel carburetor
CKC 350-cid 210-hp V-8 9.0:1 Automatic Four-Barrel carburetor
CKW 350-cid 180-hp V-8 8.5:1 Manual Four-Barrel carburetor
CKX 350-cid 180-hp V-8 8.5:1 Automatic Four-Barrel carburetor
CLS 350-cid 180-hp V-8 8.5:1 Automatic Four-Barrel carburetor

The body number plate is located on the engine side of the cowl. The Fisher Body Style Number identifies the model of Corvette.


76-1YZ37 - Corvette Sting Ray coupe

The body number is the serial number of the body. The trim number represents the color of the interior, the paint color is the exterior paint color.

Production Options

RPO Description Price Production
1YZ37 Base Coupe $7,604.85 46,558
N/A Custom Interior Trim $164 36,762
A31 Power Windows $107 38,700
C49 Rear Window Defogger $78 24,960
C60 Air Conditioning $523 40,787
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension $35 5,368
N/A Optional Rear Axle Ratios $13.00 1,371
J50 Power Brakes $59 46,558
L82 350ci. 210hp engine $481 5,720
M21 4-spd, Close Ratio Manual Trans. $0.00 2,088
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Auto. Trans. $0.00 36,625
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column $95 41,797
N41 Power Steering $151 46,385
QRM White Stripe Steel Belted Tires - GR70x15 $37 3,992
QRZ White Letter Steel Belted Tires - GR70x15 $51 39,923
U58 AM-FM Radio Stereo $281 34,272
U69 AM-FM Radio $187 11,083
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery $16 25,909
UF1 Map Light $10.00 35,361
YF5 California Emissions Certification $50 3,527
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels $299 6,253

Color Options for 1976

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Any combination could be ordered.
RPO Exterior Interior Production
10 Classic White B-BG-BU-DB-F-SG-W 10,674
13 Silver Metallic B-BG-BU-F-SG-W 6,934
22 Bright Blue Metallic B-SG 3,268
33 Dark Green Metallic B-BG-BU-SG-W 2,038
37 Mahogany Metallic B-BU-F-SG-W 4,182
56 Bright Yellow B-DB 3,389
64 Buckskin Metallic B-MS-N 2,954
69 Dark Brown Metallic B-BU-DB-W 4,447
70 Flame Red B-BU-DB 4,073
72 Red B-BU-F-SG-W 4,590
Color Codes: B=Black, BG=Blue Green, BU=Buckskin, DB=Dark Brown, F=Firethorn Red, SG=Silver Gray, V=Vinyl, W=White

Interior Colors

RPO Color Production
165 White Vinyl N/A
19V Black Vinyl 3,258
64V Buckskin Vinyl 3,256
71V Firethorn Red Vinyl 3,281
112 White Leather N/A
152 Silver Gray Leather N/A
192 Black Leather 7,826
322 Blue Green Leather N/A
642 Buckskin Leather 8,946
692 Dark Brown Leather 6,184
712 Firethorn Red Leather 8,259

1976 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Feature Coupe
Wheelbase 98 inches (2.489 m)
Overall length 185.2 inches (4.704 m)
Overall Width 69.0 inches (1.753 m)
Overall Height 48 inches (1.219 m)
Ground Clearance 4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
Front Tread 58.7 inches (1.491 m)
Rear Tread 59.5 inches (1.511 m)
Tires GR70 x 15
Positraction Standard
Steering Recirculating Ball
Front suspension Independent, unequal-length control arms with ball joints, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension Independent, trailing link, transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs
Brakes Hydraulic, vented four wheel discs; 11.75-inch diameter, single calipers
Ignition HEI Electronic
Body construction Separate fiberglass body and box-type ladder frame with cross-members
Fuel Tank 18 US Gal (15 Imp Gal) (68 liters)

Engine Specifications

Feature Base Engine RPO L48 RPO L82
Type V-8, Overhead Valve
Block Cast Iron
Displacement 350 cid (5.7 liters) 350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.48" 4.00 x 3.48"
Compression Ratio 8.5:1 9.0:1
Brake Horsepower 180 @ 4000 210 @ 5200
Torque 270 lb-ft @ 2400 255 lb-ft @ 3600
Main Bearing Five
Valve Lifters Hydraulic
Fuel Supply Rochester M4MC Rochester M4MC

 


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