While I’ve never owned a 1977 Corvette, that model still holds a special place in my heart because I graduated from high school that year. My buddy Greg even owned a white one back in the day, and I talked to him about the car, long since sold, a few months ago at of all places, a funeral.
It’s the personal stories like those that make Corvettes so interesting, and that’s why this Regular Car Review of a silver 1977 Corvette Restomod struck a note with me.
I remember when this car was just the latest and greatest Corvette; it didn’t have a future to live up to. We didn’t know that 1978 would bring a big bubble rear window and an Indy Pace Car that would be the envy of everyone after that crazy Wall Street Journal article sent prices skyrocketing. We didn’t know back then that 2015 would bring a 650hp monster to the Corvette, and we were just content with our less-than-200 hp GM creation.
And that’s a good thing.
We were just content in our youth to see a new Corvette roll into the showroom each fall, even if we overlooked its obvious faults like creaks, a ride like a truck, and no power.
Nearly 40 years later, we realize that the ’77 wasn’t really a very good car. Be that as it may, it’s still a part of the history of our favorite vehicle, and we love it.
That’s why we were glad to see this video where a fellow named Neal, obviously too young to have been around when his car was new, has nevertheless created his own personalized version of the Disco Era.
And we like it.
Neal has kept the exterior of the car much the same, even down to the plastic bumpers that are prone to cracking and never matching the rest of the car’s paint.
He resisted that urge to use better-looking fiberglass replacements of the modern era, and we salute him. (Just kidding – we really like the look of the fiberglass bumpers better.)
As Mr. Regular concludes: “This car is an emblem of something we’ve lost in the transition toward a more civilized society, which is why the C3s are beginning to become a commodity again. This, this is our American past, and while it isn’t perfect, it’s beautiful, it’s us, and frankly it’s OK to miss it, it’s all right, so like Jay Gatsby, we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
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