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Why was the 1977 Corvette special?

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October 05, 2009 10:43PM

In my opinion, ALL Corvettes are special in their own way. However, there were special differences in the 1977 Corvette. One major difference was that the 1977 Corvette was not a Stingray, although it is very similar to the 1976 Stingray that it replaced. 49,213 Corvettes were sold in 1977. Inside the car, the console was redesigned for '77, allowing it to hold standard Delco radios. Also, the steering wheel was about two inches closer to the instrument panel, making getting in and out easier and giving a more comfortable driving position. A "multi-functional" control lever was included on the steering column, and operated the headlight dimmer switch and the windshield wiper system. Leather seats were also standard for the first time in a Corvette in 1977 (but you could order seats with cloth and leather). On the outside, a luggage rack was added so that t-tops could be stored there and free up interior cargo room. A new Corvette logo with crossed flags was used this year. A thinner pillar between the windshield and side glass made the glass look more integrated with the rest of the car.
Among other interesting facts about the 1977 Corvette, this was the first year for AM/FM stereo with a tape player and cruise control (if you had an automatic transmission). Glass tops were supposed to be offered in '77, but were postponed until the following year. The optional "performance" engine for the 1977 was the L-82, making 210 horsepower. Engine paint color changed mid-year, with early 1977 engines being painted Chevrolet orange and later 77's being painted blue. Next year (1978) would mark the Corvette's 25th anniversary, and would be commemorated with the Silver Anniversary cars.
I hope that this helped to answer your question! There is so much more information that can be found about individual years of Corvettes, but I just tried to include information that struck me as major and relevant.


Sources:


Corvette Black Book: 1953 - 2008 by Mike Antonick; published by Motorbooks


Mike Yager's Corvette Bible by Mike Yager; published by Krause Publications, 2007


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