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The 1977 Corvette

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The 1977 Corvette was no longer badged with the "Sting Ray" script. The tried and true orange engine color was changed to blue between August and September of 1976. Some early production 1977 Corvettes were still built with the orange painted engines but most have the new blue engines. Leather seats were standard but cloth seat inserts were optional. A voltmeter replaced the previous ammeter in the gauge cluster. The "Door Ajar" and "Headlamp Up" warning lights were removed. The Manual shift lever grew an inch but with shorter travel. Power steering and brakes were standard for the first time. The steering wheel as wrapped in leather to match the interior and the steering column was shortenend. The padded sun shades could be swiveled to cover the side windows now. A new crossed flags badge adorned the front of the hood between the headlights as well as on the fuel filler door. The glass roof panels that were announced this year were never deliverd on a production car. The 500,000 Corvette rolled off the line this year.

Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1977 Corvettes Built - 49,213

Serial numbers: 1Z37x7S400001 to 1Z37x7S449213

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
3 3 Coupe
5 L L48 350-cid V8, 180-hp, 4-barrel
X L82 350-cid V8, 210-hp, 4-barrel
6 7 1977
7 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
8 to 13 400001 to 446558 Production Sequence

Engine Serial Number

1977 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number. The date code the engine was manufactured was also cast into the block.

Code Engine Horsepower Compression Transmission Fuel Supply Emission Control System
CHD 350-cid 180-hp V-8 8.5:1 Automatic Four-Barrel Carburetor California
CKD 350-cid 180-hp V-8 8.5:1 Automatic Four-Barrel Carburetor High-Altitude
CKZ 350-cid 180-hp V-8 8.5:1 Manual Four-Barrel Carburetor ;
CLA 350-cid 180-hp V-8 8.5:1 Automatic Four-Barrel Carburetor ;
CLB 350-cid 180-hp V-8 8.5:1 Automatic Four-Barrel Carburetor High-Altitude
CLC 350-cid 180-hp V-8 8.5:1 Automatic Four-Barrel Carburetor California
CLD 350-cid 210-hp V-8 9.0:1 Manual Four-Barrel Carburetor ;
CLF 350-cid 210-hp V-8 9.0:1 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.
77-1YZ37 - Corvette 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 $8,647 49,213
A31 Power Windows $116 44,341
B32 Color Keyed Floor Mats $22 36,763
C49 Rear Window Defogger $84 30,411
C60 Air Conditioning $553 45,249
D35 Sport Mirrors $36 20,206
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension $38 7,269
G95 Optional Rear Axle Ratios $14 972
K30 Speed Control $88 29,161
L82 350ci. 210hp engine $495 6,148
M21 4-spd, Close Ratio Manual Trans. $0.00 2,060
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Auto. Trans. $0.00 41,231
na6 High Altitude Emissions Equipment $22 854
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column $165 46,487
QRZ White Letter Steel Belted Tires - GR70x15 $57 46,227
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery $17 32,882
U58 AM-FM Radio Stereo $281 18,483
U69 AM-FM Radio $187 4,700
UM2 AM-FM Radio Stereo w/ 8-track $414 24,603
V54 Luggage/Roof Panel Rack $73 16,860
YF5 California Emissions Certification $70 4,084
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels $321 12,646
ZN1 Trailer Package $83 289
ZX2 Convenience Group $22 40,872

Color Options for 1977

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Any combination could be ordered.
RPO Exterior Interior Production
10 Classic White B-BK-BR-BU-R-SG-W 9,408
13 Silver B-BK-R-SG-W 5,518
19 Black BK-BU-R-SG-W 6,070
26 Corvette Light Blue BK-SG-W 5,967
28 Corvette Dark Blue B-BK-BU-SG-W 4,065
41 Corvette Chartreuse BK 1
52 Corvette Yellow BK-BR 71
56 Corvette Bright Yellow BK-BR 1,942
66 Corvette Orange BK-BR-BU 4,012
72 Medium Red BK-BU-R-SG-W 4,057
80 Corvette Tan BK-BR-BU-R-W 4,588
83 Corvette Dark Red BK-BU-SG 3,434
Color Codes: BG=Blue Green, B=Black, BU=Buckskin, DB=Dark Brown, R=Red, L=Leather, SG=Smoked Gray C=Cloth, W=White

Interior Colors

RPO Color Production
15C Smoked Gray Cloth & Leather N/A
19C Black Cloth & Leather 3,258
27C Blue Cloth & Leather 3,256
64C Buckskin Cloth & Leather 3,281
69C Brown Cloth & Leather N/A
72C Red Cloth & Leather N/A
112 White Leather N/A
152 Smoked Gray Leather N/A
192 Black Leather N/A
272 Black Leather N/A
642 Buckskin Clo N/A
692 Brown Leather N/A
722 Red Leather N/A

1977 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 17 US Gal (14 Imp Gal) (64 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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