Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Corvette guys are going to be scratching their heads at the sight of this 1977 Corvette convertible, because, after all, the last factory C3 Corvette ragtop was built in 1975. Wearing a way-cool removable T-top conversion, this low-mileage white roadster delivers a lot of thrills for not a lot of cash.
That conversion is going to generate a lot of questions, but if you weren't already familiar with how it's done, you'll swear that it looks factory. The deck is smooth and shaped just like a factory convertible and there's even OEM-style hardware for latching everything in place. The surgery was expertly done and makes this a Corvette for all seasons without compromises. And aside from the innovative roof, this one also offers great fiberglass, a shiny Classic White paint job, and a look that everyone agrees is pure American performance. And before you start thinking this is some homemade special, just check out the crisp body lines, the great gaps, and the beautifully finished urethane bumpers, which never looked this good coming out of the showroom. You also get a trunk rack, which is great for storing the removable T-top panels, as well as a clean front end that hasn't been scuffed or abused by parking curbs. No stripes, no oversized cowl induction hood, just a really clean C3 with a few tricks up its sleeve.
The standard red interior is mostly original and with that in mind, it's in exceptionally good condition. The seat covers look right and aside from some regular wear-and-tear on the driver's side, there's really not much to complain about. The matching door cards are new, the middle console plastic was replaced as well, and the fat-rimmed steering wheel and gauges beyond it are in new pieces in excellent shape. Once you're inside, you'll note that all the auxiliary gauges in the center stack and a long options list that includes factory A/C (needs service), cruise control, power locks, and a tilt/telescope wheel. For summertime cruising, it has also been upgraded with a Corvette-spec AM/FM/Cassette stereo head unit in the dash, and the woodgrain shift-knob and woodgrain applique on the doors add a little warmth to the cabin. The carpets are a little faded but still show well, and they come protected with Corvette mats, while the dash pad is in such great shape we have it's obvious this droptop was never left in the sun for too long. The black convertible top fits beautifully, so once you master the action, it can be stowed in seconds below the rear deck, and the removable hard-top panels were painted white to match the exterior.
The engine is a 350 cubic inch V8, which is plenty powerful for this sporty droptop. Mostly stock with a few dress-up items like a chrome master cylinder lid and chrome Chevrolet valve covers, it runs like the best small-block Chevys do. You'll find that the engine bay is nicely detailed but still very functional, making this Corvette just about right for enjoyment without making everyone turn up their noses with questionable modifications. There's correct Chevy Orange paint on the block and the ignition system has been upgraded to an MSD unit, which makes a big difference in starting and overall performance. It's even inhaling through the stock air cleaner, and is fed via a Holley 4-barrel carburetor. The 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission is a great upgrade and was intended for heavy-duty use in the Corvette (gotta love that overdrive), although judging by the condition of the chassis, this one has never been abused or driven in rough weather. The Flowmaster dual exhaust system sounds great, mellow but not too quiet for a Corvette, and with power steering and power 4-wheel disc brakes, driving is always a treat. It's finished off by a flashy set of late-model Corvette chrome wheels wearing 255/45/17 Nitto radials.
The market is moving on these, and C3 Corvette roadsters are now not only great cars to own and drive, but icons that are finally getting the respect that they deserve. Call today!
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