Yes, with the advantage of hindsight, we admit the 1970s were a terrible time to be a Corvette enthusiast.
But for those of us fortunate enough to have lived during the days of orange shag carpet and coppertone refrigerators, the Corvette was still “our” Corvette, no matter what the horsepower ratings were.
And apparently I wasn’t the only person who continued to show love to the Corvette during the mid to late ‘70s as sales continued to reach record levels year after year, despite the C3 being such an aging platform.
This 1977 “sorta, kinda barn find” Corvette up for sale on craigslist is such an example.
It’s one of a then-record 49,213 examples sold during the 1977 model year, a far cry from the days of just 300 in 1953 and even the 21,513 in 1963. While the ’77 pumped out a measly 190 horsepower, it was still one of the best-performing cars of the day, foreign or domestic. You gotta remember this was a time when the car industry was trying to learn how to deal with increased government regulations that crippled performance. The base straight-six engine in the ’77 Impala, for example, delivered just 110 horsepower!
So, if you’re in the San Antonio, Texas area and are looking for a “great project car,” as the owner describes it, this ’77 Corvette might be the answer for you.
We described it as a “sorta, kinda barn find” earlier because based on the photos provided in the craigslist ad, the car has apparently been sitting in someone’s yard on flat tires for “a few years.”
While the black (we think) paint has started to fade, the body does appear to be in overall decent shape, with no major damage visible, and the interior likewise is all there, albeit it could stand a definite refreshing.
The 350 engine is said to run, and the seller believes the car will crank up given a new battery and some gas.
The new owner isn’t going to make any big money restoring this car, but with an asking price of just $3,000, someone could probably wind up with a really nice-looking Corvette for around $10,000 or a little bit more. We’ve always liked the styling of the ‘77, and imagine what adding a new interior, new paint job, and a 383 stroker under the hood would do for this one!
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