1976 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
1976 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
By 1976, the United States economy was on the mend from the 1973–1975 global economic recession. The recession, which had been caused in part by the 1973 oil crisis, had caused gas prices to soar which, in turn, had made automotive manufacturers begin re-evaluating the types of vehicles they were manufacturing. Over 540,000 third generation Corvettes were built between 1968 and 1982 making the C3 generation the most produced Corvette ever and the most popular for the collector.
The would be the last year, since its 1968 inception where a C3 generation car would have the Stingray moniker on its body. Maintaining the classic Stingray shape, although much smoother styling with its undulating hood, and rounded rear, this consignment presents itself in beautiful gold metal flake with matching numbers engine.
Excellent Venetian Bronze metallic coats the fiberglass on this garage kept curvaceous example. The iconic Stingray “gills” if you will vent cool air into the engine bay from directly south of the front wheel wells. Brite work is minimal but in good condition. A pristine stainless molding on both rockers adds a nice highlight and protects the rocker. Deep dish rims, and standard Corvette wheel covers are on all 4 corners. On the rear deck a chrome luggage rack has been installed. Body matching roof panels can be removed to form an open “T” top
Brown on brown leather buckets looking like new. Door panels showing some very slight wear have wood appliqué in the middle and brown carpet on the bottoms. A brown center console houses the gearshift, climate controls and an ashtray. As we move upon to the center of the dash, we note several round gauges keeping track of essential functions, and all in working condition with some scratching on the black finish. Dark brown plastic houses the dual round deep dish gauges behind the steering wheel, which have a few persistent spots in the gauge glass. Brown carpet abounds and is slightly faded in the rear stowage area.
The 350ci V8 which is numbers matching has a 4-barrel carburetor on top. The TH350 3-speed automatic transmission is attached to the back. For a visual kick, orange valve covers, chromed master cylinder cap and black matte air cleaner are adorning this engine.
A mostly rust-free frame with some invasive rust under the front cowl and all-around patina and structural soundness under here. Headers and an upgraded exhaust have been added, and 4-wheel disc brakes are present. Composite mono leaf rear spring have also been put on.
It's not every day you can get into your favorite design version of the Corvette, and it's bathed in Venetian Bronze…I've only seen one other. This one drive very nicely, started right up, and went like the wind. It also handled really well. Call me biased, but loving this design, I also love the performance.
Very '70's Venetian Bronze metal flake, and the curvaceous rounded design, removable T top panels, quick engine, and nifty interior, all I can say is Scooby Doo!
L-350ci V8 L48
S-St Louis, MO Assy Plant
442820-Sequential Unit Number
L16-July 16th 1976 Build
TR 692-Dark Brown Leather
PNT 69L-Dark Brown Metallic
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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