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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 - 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.

Serial Number Decoder

11Chevrolet Division
5LZQ3 350-cid V8, 180-hp, 4-barrel
5XX = L82 350-cid V8, 210-hp, 4-barrel
7SAssembled in St. Louis, MO
8 to 13400001 to 446558production sequence

Engine Suffix Decoder

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

CodeEngineHorsepowerCompressionTransmissionFuel SupplyExtra Features
CHC350-cid210-hp V-89.0:1ManualFour-Barrel carburetor
CKC350-cid210-hp V-89.0:1AutomaticFour-Barrel carburetor
CKW350-cid180-hp V-88.5:1ManualFour-Barrel carburetor
CKX350-cid180-hp V-88.5:1AutomaticFour-Barrel carburetor
CLS350-cid180-hp V-88.5:1AutomaticFour-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

1YZ37Base Coupe$7,604.85 46,558 100.0%
N/ACustom Interior Trim$164.00 36,762 79.0%
A31Power Windows$107.00 38,700 83.1%
C49Rear Window Defogger$78.00 24,960 53.6%
C60Air Conditioning$523.00 40,787 87.6%
FE7Gymkhana Suspension$35.00 5,368 11.5%
N/AOptional Rear Axle Ratios$13.00 1,371 2.9%
J50Power Brakes$59.00 46,558 100.0%
L82350ci. 210hp engine$481.00 5,720 12.3%
M214-spd, Close Ratio Manual Trans.$0.00 2,088 4.5%
M40Turbo Hydra-Matic Auto. Trans.$0.00 36,625 78.7%
N37Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column$95.00 41,797 89.8%
N41Power Steering$151.00 46,385 99.6%
QRMWhite Stripe Steel Belted Tires - GR70x15$37.00 3,992 8.6%
QRZWhite Letter Steel Belted Tires - GR70x15$51.00 39,923 85.7%
U58AM-FM Radio Stereo$281.00 34,272 73.6%
U69AM-FM Radio$187.00 11,083 23.8%
UA1Heavy Duty Battery$16.00 25,909 55.6%
UF1Map Light$10.00 35,361 76.0%
YF5California Emissions Certification$50.00 3,527 7.6%
YJ8Aluminum Wheels$299.00 6,253 13.4%

Color Options for 1976

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Any combination could be ordered.
Interior Color
10Classic White$0.00B-BG-BU-DB-F-SG-W 10,674 22.9%
13Silver Metallic$0.00B-BG-BU-F-SG-W 6,934 14.9%
22Bright Blue Metallic$0.00B-SG 3,268 7.0%
33Dark Green Metallic$0.00B-BG-BU-SG-W 2,038 4.4%
37Mahogany Metallic$0.00B-BU-F-SG-W 4,182 9.0%
56Bright Yellow$0.00B-DB 3,389 7.3%
64Buckskin Metallic$0.00B-MS-N 2,954 6.3%
69Dark Brown Metallic$0.00B-BU-DB-W 4,447 9.6%
70Flame Red$0.00B-BU-DB 4,073 8.7%
72Red$0.00B-BU-F-SG-W 4,590 9.9%
Color Codes: B=Black, BG=Blue Green, BU=Buckskin, DB=Dark Brown, F=Firethorn Red, SG=Silver Gray, V=Vinyl, W=White

Interior Colors

165White Vinyl$0.00 N/A N/A
19VBlack Vinyl$0.00 3,258 7.0%
64VBuckskin Vinyl$0.00 3,256 7.0%
71VFirethorn Red Vinyl$0.00 3,281 7.0%
112White Leather$0.00 N/A N/A
152Silver Gray Leather$0.00 N/A N/A
192Black Leather$0.00 7,826 16.8%
322Blue Green Leather$0.00 N/A N/A
642Buckskin Leather$0.00 8,946 19.2%
692Dark Brown Leather$0.00 6,184 13.3%
712Firethorn Red Leather$0.00 8,259 17.7%

1976 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Wheelbase98 inches (2.489 m)
Overall length185.2 inches (4.704 m)
Overall Width69.0 inches (1.753 m)
Overall Height48 inches (1.219 m)
Ground Clearance4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
Front Tread58.7 inches (1.491 m)
Rear Tread59.5 inches (1.511 m)
TiresGR70 x 15
SteeringRecirculating Ball
Front suspensionIndependent, unequal-length control arms with ball joints, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Rear suspensionIndependent, trailing link, transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs
BrakesHydraulic, vented four wheel discs 11.75-inch diameter, single calipers
IgnitionHEI Electronic
Body constructionSeparate fiberglass body and box-type ladder frame with cross-members
Fuel Tank18 US Gal (15 Imp Gal) (68 liters)

Engine Specifications

FeatureBase Engine RPO L48RPO L82
TypeV-8, Overhead ValveV-8, Overhead Valve
BlockCast IronCast Iron
Displacement350 cid (5.7 liters)350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke4.00 x 3.48"4.00 x 3.48"
Compression Ratio8.5:19.0:1
Brake Horsepower180 @ 4000210 @ 5200
Torque270 lb-ft @ 2400255 lb-ft @ 3600
Main BearingFiveFive
Valve LiftersHydraulicHydraulic
Fuel SupplyRochester M4MCRochester M4MC

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