Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This 1977 Chevrolet Corvette represents one heck of an opportunity to get into the hobby in a big way. It's priced quite reasonably, and it should get you admission to every big Corvette event in the country. Why? Along with its red-hot styling, it also shows just 56,404 believed-actual miles, a figure we think a preponderance of physical evidence certainly corroborates. Yes, that's right, a dialed-in, low-mileage survivor for the price of a used Honda. Oh, and it also happens to have a killer red-on-red look to boot. This has to be the kind of Corvette Prince had in mind when he belted out 'Lil Red Corvette.
The Code 72 Medium Red paint on this C3 is so darn nice and fresh that it's likely a very faithful repaint, we're not 100% certain, but the look is authentic and the car certainly looks every bit the part of a red-hot Corvette. The fiberglass is in great condition, even the urethane bumper caps, and the clarity and shine on the finish is likely better than anything you'd see on the road in the late '70s. There are obviously no modifications or questionable upgrades, not even a pinstripe, to detract from this car's authenticity. The blistering red finish suits the late '70s shape rather well, adding a dignified look to a car that was more grand-tourer than sports car by the time this one was built. Details like the bright rocker panel trim, black lower-grille inserts, ornate taillights lenses, and the black rubber bumper guards are all in great condition, more evidence that this is a genuine low-mileage machine that has always been loved.
The red leather interior is just as wonderfully preserved in stock condition, with a comfortable look that only shows a few very minor signs of age but nothing that would suggest that the mileage isn't authentic. The bucket seats are as comfortable as they appear in pics and the original, plush carpets remain in excellent shape too, free of any sun-fading issues that so many of these Corvettes suffer from. Other than the lower carpet portion, the door panels look almost new, without even a small dent where the driver's elbow might have rested, and the dash pad is excellent with no cracks or fading. It's pretty obvious this beauty was never left out in the sun to bake. Full instrumentation was part of the Corvette's package, and the bright analog gauges in the center stack are easy to read and fully functional. There's also an AM/FM stereo head unit that was original equipment, as well as factory A/C, power windows, and a tilt/telescopic wheel. In 1977, all the hot Corvettes were T-tops, and the rear compartment still carries the original bags for strapping the tops in place when they're being stored.
The engine is the original, numbers-matching L48 350 cubic inch V8 and if you didn't believe the mileage by looking at the interior and bodywork, you'll believe it after seeing the engine bay. The black snorkeled air cleaner, the blue engine enamel, the fittings, the hoses, and the hardware all look just as they did rolling off the assembly line 36 years ago, albeit with a few signs of age here and there and maintenance items seen throughout. Like all Corvette, it's packed in there rather tightly, but you can see that the engine still wears corporate blue paint, the cad plated parts are still nice, but not perfect, and factory-style clamps and a few of the original decals are all still in place. It runs beautifully with a nice V8 rumble from the dual exhaust system, which still uses a giant pancake-style catalytic converter. The TH350 3-speed automatic transmission shifts crisply and the chassis is unquestionably original, with only surface scale on the heavy metal parts. With power steering and power 4-wheel disc brakes it rides and handles well, just as you'd expect from a car that's see so little use, and the classic Rally wheels adorned with beauty rings and center caps are unmarked and carry 225/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A white-letter radials, perhaps only the second set of tires it's ever worn.
Documented with the original owner's manual and warranty manuals this is a very special find, particularly at this price. If you love all-original cars, come see this 'Vette and be prepared to be impressed. Call today!
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