Seven Hills Motorcars is
Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist anda licensed and
registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio. With many years of
focused experience we specialize in 1957 to 1982 Corvettes and other GM
classics. There is no other dealership that can better meet your needs
if you would like to buy, sell, or just find out more information about
your Corvette, Cadillac, Camaro, or Trans Am. Founded in 2005, this is
a very focused operation. We do it because we enjoy it. We are a
collectors and enthusiasts; therefore we look for cars that excite us.
I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked because it
is special or rare and because we like it.
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Seven Hills Motorcars is proud to offer this completely numbers
matching 1977 Corvette in very nice driver condition with only
33,610 actual miles. It is a superb driver that not only looks good
but also drives very well. The Yellow exterior over Brown Leather
interior is one of the most attractive and striking color
combinations available for 1977. It is also the original color
scheme as indicated by the trim tag pictured below. Also pictured
below is the engine pad showing the last six digits of the VIN
indicating that this is the original engine that was installed in
the car at the factory in St. Louis. The low mileage is verified by
not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title,
pictured below, showing the mileage as "Actual." Please peruse all
of the photos, video, list of numbers, and other information below
to get a true sense of clean, correct, and original this Corvette
As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle.
We hand pick each car after careful inspection. Our
Corvettes come from owners who expect their car to go to someone
that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did.
We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the
car inspected. Please take the time to scrutinize each
picture. We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so
you can feel confident about your purchase. If you have a
question about the Corvette, just give us a call.
The 1977 model year is a special one for the Corvette and is
considered to be the best of both worlds in some respects by many
wtih the more vintage, "Stingray" style rear window and a more
modern and comfortable interior. Most notable about 1977 model year
was that it was the last year for the straight back window and
"Sugar Scoop" rear decklid treatment. The 1978 model year introduced
the new large rear window along with the most extensive redesign in
the C3 production run. The interior in 1977 was slightly improved to
made the driver more comfortable by moving the steering wheel
forward two inches. 1977 was also the last year to feature the round
gauges, storage pocket, and retain the truly vintage sense of the
Stingray cockpit. Many people prefer the more classic look and feel
of the early C3's, such as this car, over the 1978-82 model years.
1977 saw the steering column repositioned 2 inches (51 mm)
closer to the dashboard to allow a more "arms out" position
for the driver. The custom interior with leather seat trim
was now standard, with cloth and leather a no cost option. A
redesigned center console permitted universal Delco radio
options. Auxiliary gauges were restyled and the ammeter was
replaced with a voltmeter. The sun visors were redesigned to
swivel so as to provide some glare protection from the side
as well as the front. Chevrolet responded to the criticism
of the previous year‚€™s steering wheel with an all new
three-spoke leather-wrapped unit, which was well received.
Chevrolet featured this new wheel prominently on the front
of their new Corvette sales brochure. The new wheel came on
all cars fitted with the optional tilt-telescopic steering
column which was ordered on all but a few thousand
Corvettes. Corvette's refinement as a touring sports car
continued as both power steering and power brakes became
standard and new options included body-colored sport
mirrors, cruise control, and a new convenience group. The
convenience group included dome light delay, headlight
warning buzzer, underhood light, low fuel warning light,
interior courtesy lights, and passenger side visor mirror.
Early in production, the engine paint color was changed from
Chevy orange to Corporate blue. The ‚€œStingray‚€Ě script, seen
on front fenders since 1969 disappeared, but new cross-flags
emblems began appearing on fenders before the model year
ended. Windshield posts were now painted black for a ‚€œthin
pillar‚€Ě look. A Corvette milestone was reached during 1977
as Chevrolet had built a half million Corvettes since
production began in 1953.
Please note when checking the numbers that not only do the
correct stampings and casting numbers appear on the parts, but
all of the dates are also chronologically correct. This
means that all of the parts were made and assembled in the
correct order. For example, all of the dates for the
individual engine components and the engine casting date should
obviously precede the assembly date of the engine because the
parts had to be produced before they could be assembled.
All of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated
first digit, "1," indicated the Chevrolet division of GM.
The "Z" is the series, Corvette. The "87" is the body
style, 2-door sport coupe. The fifth digit is the engine,
"8," correct for an L48 car. The sixth digit, "9," indicates
the model year, 1979. The "S" is the plant where the car
was produced, St. Louis. The last five digits are a
sequence number so this is the 50,303rd Corvette made for
Body Build Date
"H" corresponds to March, and the 03 is the
third day of the
month meaning this Corvette body build date is March 3, 1977.
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.
The "02" is the second month of year and the
"26" is the
twenty-sixth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on
February 26, 1977. This is correct as it precedes the build
date of the car.
This means the motor was intended for an L48 Corvette with an
transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
425274, are stamped on
the engine pad and pictured below meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number
The engine block has the correct 3970010 casting number a
Engine Block Casting Date
B 25 7
February, "25" is the twenty-fifth day of the month, and "7" is
the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on
February 25, 1977.
Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
The distributor is original and correct with a 1103246
Distributor Date Code
The "6" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "M"
denotes December, and "16" is the sixteenth day of the
month meaning the distributor was made on December 16, 1976.
This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The intake manifold is correct
for a 1977 Corvette with an L48 engine.
Carburetor Main Body
Please note that this car has a
very rare and original Quadrajet produced by Carter.
The original carburetor has the correct stamping for a 350ci
L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission and a/c. The fourth digit, "5," means the carb was
built in the 1976 - 1979 production run. The fifth digit,
"7," means it was built for the 1977 model year. The six
digit, "2," indicates that it is a 4BBL carb. The seventh
digit, "0," means is was built for the Chevrolet division of
GM. The last digit, "4," means it was intended for use in an
automatic car such as this.
Carburetor Date Code
"J" is September and "6" is the last digit of the calendar
year so the carburetor was made in September of 1976.
All Four Wheels
K 1 7 2 9 AZ
"K" means the wheels are original Kelsey-Hayes as they
should be, the "1" means they were made at the Romulus, MI
plant, and the "7" means they were made for the 1977 model
year. The "2" is the second month of the year and the "9" is
the ninth day of the month. This means the wheels were made
on February 9, 1977. "AZ" is a code that was used on wheels
intended for a 1977 Corvette.
The "N" is
January and the "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made
in January of 1977. This is correct as it predates the
build date of the car.
The first "C" is
November and the second "C" is 1976 so this window is original, made
in November of 1976. This is correct as it predates the
build date of the car.
The "N" is January and the "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made
in January of 1977. This is correct as it predates the
build date of the car.
information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
exterior is in nice driver condition. As one can see in the
photos, the paint has a dazzling gloss, deep shine, and smooth
finish. This Corvette features some attractive and sporty
looking spoilers front and rear that really set this car apart
and give it a much improved look. Please note that these are not
some aftermarket or JC Whitney style spoilers that were added to
the car in poor taste. The spoilers on the car are like the
factory D80 style spoilers used on the 1978 Pace Car Edition
Corvettes and available as a factory option on the 1979
Corvette. There are no major imperfections that have been
intentionally excluded from the photos, there are some touched
up spots with specific photos below. There are some small
blemishes that were to small or faint to be picked up by the
camera, but nothing that is really noticeable from about five or
ten feet away. The driver's door is a bit hard to shut, this is
not uncommon as the driver's door is obviously used much more
than the passenger side. As one can see in the many photos of
the underside this Corvette is solid overall. There is no evidence of
corrosion or rust around the "birdcage" or a-pillars; there
appears to be a small repair on the driver's side around the
"keyhole" area. We have included a specific picture of this area
in photos below. The factory original rally wheels are in good condition with a
nice finish and still retain the correct original 4-clip beauty
rings, not the cheap replacements you often see. The tires are
less than a year old and have almost full tread left; they are
Window Date Codes
Please note that
the side glass and rear window on this Corvette are date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body
build date of March 3, 1977 (H03). Original glass is a
good indication that this car has had no major accident
and never sustained significant damage.
The Brown leather interior of the Corvette is in terrific
condition. The original seat covers look great with no
excessive wear, seat splits or rips. Please note that these
appear to be the original seats, not some cheap aftermarket
replacements. The carpet is in excellent condition with no
stains or holes and appears to be recently installed. This
included the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The
console and dash are in great condition with no fading or
sun damage and just one small crack on the right speaker
grill. The original door panels are in nice shape overall
with no splits; there is one small blemish on the tip of the
arm rest on the driver's door panel, which is visible in the
photos. The door pulls are solid and intact. This car
has no aroma of cigarettes whatsoever. The original AM/FM
radio is still in this Corvette and works well; please note
that this is the factory
optional stereo radio. Corvette interiors are not known to
wear well and the excellent condition of this mostly
original interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care
this car has received throughout its life.
Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. It is a
nice driver that feels good on the road and at highway speeds.
In the video below one can observe the car accelerating on the
highway up to about 70mph and then braking to stoplight. Please
note that there are no strange noises, vibrations, and the car
performs quite well overall. There is no blue smoke when starting or
driving the car. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite
fast. It starts right away every time, idles well, and runs
well. The transmission smoothly well throughout the power band.
The brakes do not pull to one side or the other and they were
just completely overhauled including new pads, calipers, and
brake hoses both front and back. This corvette still retains its
factory catalytic converter which is another testament to the
originality of this fine example. Also, the engine compartment
is beautifully clean and detailed as one can see in the photos;
even the original ignition shielding is still in place.
The horn works as do all the interior and exterior lights, all
gauges (with the obvious exception of the clock and the tach is
jumpy), wipers, power windows, and blower for the heater and a/c
on all speeds. There is a very slight tick of an exhaust leak on the
right side, which is common near the heat riser. The a/c does not
work on this car, but the system looks like it was recently
serviced with a new compressor so it may just need to be
recharged. Luckily, the a/c system has been converted to the
more modern 134a style refrigerant so any future service will be
much less expensive and easier to complete. Not enough can be
said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car,
especially with the T-tops out on a beautiful day.
Overall, this 1977 Corvette is in
great driver condition. Numbers matching is extremely
important in Corvette pricing, especially with a low
mileage car like this. The originality, the rare and
desirable color combination, and the great extent to
which the numbers match make this car especially
important and hard to duplicate. This Corvette always
gets a ton of attention driving down the road. It is
apparent that the vehicle has been well taken care of by
its previous owners. The prices of C3 Corvettes have
increased drastically over the past several years. They
are secure and wise investments for a collector. One
could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and
sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal
Thank you for looking and please do not
hesitate to email or call with any questions.
For an eleven minute video of the car starting, running, a walk
around, function check, and test drive please visit:
majority of cars sold by Seven Hills Motorcars are shipped
across the country or even across the world to their new
owners. Therefore, we are very familiar with the shipping
process and glad to help our customers with it. We are more
than happy to assist in having your car transported to anywhere
in world. For our domestic customers in the United States we
can handle the entire process in-house without the need or added
expense for a shipping broker. Please feel free to contact us
for a shipping quote.