BarnFinds.com highlighted this Dark Brown 1976 Corvette listed on Craigslist recently, calling it “Brown is the new Black“. Being that the car sports a color that is neither red, black or white, we thought we should take a closer look.
The Corvette sold rather well in 1976 with engineers continuing to update and refine the car. At this stage of life, the Corvette was equipped with 350 cubic inch V8 making 180 horsepower out of the base engine, or the high of 220 horsepower from the optional L82. It was still affordable with a base MSRP of $7604.85 and Chevrolet sold them like hotcakes with 46,558 coupes sold in the year.
Earthtones were all the rage back in the mid-70s and colors like brown, tan, beige and buckskin were offered for the Corvette both inside and out. Initially, I thought Dark Brown Metallic to be a rare color but man was I wrong. Dark Brown was the fourth most popular color in 1976 with 9.56% of Corvettes (4,447) produced and it would finish just behind the 4,590 Red Corvettes. So it’s not a rare color by any means, but I’m seriously racking my memories to recall the last brown Corvette I’ve seen.
This 1976 Corvette offered for sale on Craigslist in Jacksonville, Alabama features the Dark Brown exterior with the buckskin deluxe leather interior which includes the detailed trim on the doors. A brown tilt-tele steering wheel sets it apart from the lighter interior. The window sticker details the options which include the buckskin leather bucket seats, four-season air conditioning and the AM/FM stereo in addition to the included power steering, brakes, and windows.
The Corvette is powered by the base 350 motor which is said to be original and it’s coupled to an automatic transmission. The aluminum wheels against the Brown metallic exterior offers some bling to the car, or as my friend Bob Kroupa would say, curb appeal! Just 36,600 miles are on the odometer and with as clean as this car appears, it could be a candidate for NCRS/Bloomington Gold/MCACN judging.
The seller says that $5,200 in recent repairs were recently completed (with receipts) and the car still retains its original documentation including the window sticker. The listed price for this 1976 Corvette is $12,000.
We really like this car as it looks complete and ready to drive, comes with documentation and original powertrain, and features very low miles. For the person wanting to get into the Corvette hobby with a limited budget, you could hardly go wrong with this 1976 Coupe.
As far as I can tell, a Brown Corvette was last offered in 1987 and only 245 of those were produced. Now that the Corvette plant is getting ready to build the C8 Corvette and the color palette is expected to be expanded from 10 to 12 colors, would you like to see a shade of brown make its return? Let me know in the comments!
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