The original owner of this 1977 Corvette coupe recently traded it in at a Maserati dealer. We’d love to know what made him decide to part with his car after all these decades.
Now the second owner has put this highly original black Corvette up for sale in the Metro Atlanta area on Craigslist with an asking price of $17,700.
No doubt, the most impressive feature of the car is its rare drivetrain, with an L82 engine and four-speed manual transmission still in place. Of course, the 77,000 miles showing on the odometer are pretty impressive, too, and did we say how much we like those pretty aluminum wheels?
Despite a drop in performance, Corvettes were more popular than ever in 1977, with a record-setting 49,213 sold (a mark that lasted only until 1979 when 53,807 were made). The L82 350 V8, of course, did increase the horsepower to 210 from the base 180 that came standard with the L48. Only 6,148 buyers were willing to pay an extra $495 for the L82, however.
By the late ’70s, Corvettes had grown into a boulevard cruiser for the most part, and the overwhelming majority of people wanted an automatic transmission since performance levels had fallen so low due to having to meet federal regulations. That makes this ’77 a rare catch since it’s one of just 2,060 Corvettes to have a manual transmission. Buyers could choose between the automatic and manual at no extra charge, by the way.
Black proved to be the second most popular color in ’77, with 6,070 coming in that shade. We’ve always thought these models looked good in white, too, and that was the No. 1 choice that year with 9,408 sold.
This car is said to have never been wrecked or repainted, so after all this time, not surprisingly, photos do show various chips and scratches scattered over the body. The white interior, meanwhile, “looks almost new,” according to the seller, and we’d tend to agree for the most part.
“Very tight Vette! If you’re looking for one of the best original well kept Corvettes, give me a call,” the seller concludes.
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