My daily driver is the 1977 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe. With the price that I paid, and the upgrading to the engine, suspension and such, my investment is around $10,000. USD to date. And I will be investing around another $10,000. in the short-term future.
The paint is 30+ years old, and still has a nice 20 foot look about it. About twice per month, I am asked if "She" is for sale "As-Is". The reason that "She" is not for sale, is that this 'Vette is carefully being transformed with modern applied technology into a C3'Vette-Rod... rigged for the "Big Bend Open Road Race".
C3 Y'all Down The Road!
After reading some of the comments regarding C3's here I am quite surprised.
I own a 77 and I absolutely love it.
If you are looking for a good C2 you will pay 50 to 70K
Any of the chrome bumper C3's in good shape will run you 30K plus.
If you are like me and wanted a fun classic second car for a toy you can't beat buying a later C3.
After painting and putting in new carpet I have a little over 10 grand invested in a vehicle that has unequalled styling.
Like the commercial says sometimes I just love to stare.
If you want a piece of automotive history and only want to throw 10 to 12 grand at it a late 70's vette is a fabulous investment.
Even these shark's will continue to go up in value not that that has anything to do with the pleasure I have in owning and driving this classic beauty.
I'm a recent Corvette buyer. I looked at two 1984 Corvettes and was disappointed with BOTH. I do feel it was how they had been maintained and just taken care of that left them so disappointing. I had not been a Corvette fan up to this point in time. I will note, the older the Corvette, the more interest they spark in me!
I stumbled across a C3 (1977) for ONLY $1,500. His original asking price was $4,000 but as he had to relocate in a week, he continued to drop the price until it sold. Thankfully to me.
Brakes were a little soft and I decided to have it flat-bedded home. But drove it to a local repair shop! Did a complete upgrade to the brakes, repaired the power steering, and door handles. No, it's not a daily driver. After all it's a 31 year old car. I laughed at some of the comments about buying a newer Corvette as the technology is better... Trust me, my 1977 Corvette is a better driver than my 1950 Willys Jeepster. But I still love driving the Jeepster as well. They are what they are. You cannot compare them to anything newer as that would be unfair. One can compare them to "other" autos built in 1977. They are classic, collectable, and bring back memories of a previous time in our lives.
I have enjoyed driving my C3 to local car shows and cruise-ins. I have had several individuals with their checkbooks out trying to pry this car from me. I just don't see that happening. I will continue to make improvements and enjoy my classic for years to come, I'm sure.
I just bought a 77 vette w/71k. Hasn't been started in 16 years, but was driven every day, and put in the garage and forgotten about. Can anyone suggest a book/guide I can buy with advice on how to go about getting it running/restored? I was assured it ran fine when put in storage.
Have a chance at a 1977 Corvette mint for 6500.00 It has 136,000 miles on it and has been garaged and mechanically upkept. It hasn't been a regular driver for 5 years, just in a garage and serviced. I don't know L-82 from L-48, and tips on what to look for in this car, I know I can learn a lot from the vin number. Auto, Air, tires, brakes, rings, timing chain, car has been taken care of. Midnight Blue with T-Tops, perfect body and mechanically sound. What differences in model, options should I look for? Does this deal sound good? THANKS
I think the commenter meant it was garage kept for 5 years.
But even if it has been sitting unused for 5 years, that is no reason to not touch it. To me, that would be a plus - 5 less years of work. It would not be tough at all to get it going again.
Of course the car is going to need work. Any used car of this vintage will. Comparatively speaking, the fact that the car sat for five years is nothing as long as you are not afraid of working out a few kinks.
To the person who posted the potential deal on Oct.27
When you say mint, I suspect you mean the body.
What I can tell you is 6500.00 is the absolute low end for a 77
You will likely need to do some work... suspension, bearings, rotors, brakes and calipers if it has been sitting. However as long as you won't need to sink a 5 or 6K paint job into it, I would snatch that shark up.
Check around the bird cage and frame for rust, and if there is non present... buy!
Hello, I had a 1992 LT1 for about a year, loved it!!! Very refined and handled great. Sold it 4 months ago, needed a bigger car due to our new grandaughter (Lexus RX300)...
I started to get withdrawal symptoms... started looking for another "cool car". The stepson said his boss was looking to get rid of a 1978 Vette (he was moving to a condo). I called him and bought the car over the phone without even looking at it... Glad I did, the motor was completely rebuilt with all high performance parts about 15,000 miles ago, it was dyno tested at a little over 400 HP, runs like a champ, fast as hell; I stole it for $2500 (the motor and other parts cost around $7000 alone) none of the emissions junk!.. .I like this 1978 better than the 1992, it's real unrefined muscle.
*** There are no junk corvettes (even with the smog and emission stuff) ***
I'm not a Vette owner yet... but the C3's have always been my favorite.!!! NOTHING looks as good as those shark's!!!
I'm looking at buying a good C3 Vette. My neighbor say's "the 2 happiest days of a Vette owner is the day he buys it and the day he sells it". Do you think so??
The day you buy your Corvette will indeed be a good day.
- Just make sure to shop around for a good one that has been maintained. My 1980 falls into this category. Words can't describe the pride I felt driving it home. I hope I'll never have to sell it. If I do, that would make for a terrible day!!!
The c3's are classic cars that are only going up in value.
The time is running out for getting a steal of a deal on one. Again, shop around for a good one... They're out there!!!