1977 Chevrolette Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé  Chassis no. 0001Z37S446336 Engine no. 106962084

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Lot 627
1977 Chevrolette Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé
Registration no. UVW 725R Chassis no. 0001Z37S446336 Engine no. 106962084

£ 22,000 - 25,000
US$ 26,000 - 30,000
1977 Chevrolette Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé
Registration no. UVW 725R
Chassis no. 0001Z37S446336
Engine no. 106962084

Footnotes

  • Back in 1953, Chevrolet’s launch of a two-seater sportscar was a radical departure for a marque hitherto associated almost exclusively with sensible family transport. Motive power came from Chevrolet's 235.5cu in (3.8-litre) overhead-valve straight six and, unusually for a sportscar, there was automatic transmission, a feature that attracted much adverse criticism at the time. A V8 engine for 1955 and a radical restyle for ’56 consolidated the ’Vette’s position in the market, the model going on to become the world’s best-selling and longest-lived sportscar.
    The heavily revised Corvette Sting Ray arrived in 1963 sporting a totally new ladder-type chassis, and for the first time there was a Gran Turismo coupe in the range. Four years later a slight change of model name ushered in the totally restyled ‘Stingray’. New for ’68, the Stingray became a ‘notchback’ coupé with removable rear window and detachable two-piece Targa-type roof, while the convertible version could be ordered with optional hardtop. Restyled and improved annually, the Corvette in this form lasted well into the 1980s (by this time the ‘Stingray’ name had been dropped) being replaced for ’84 by the sixth generation of America’s classic sportscar.
    Dating from the Corvette’s first year without the ‘Stingray’ title, this superb example has the optional high-performance ‘L82’ engine that delivered 210bhp, an increase of 30 horsepower over the base version. The car has enjoyed only three owners and covered a genuine circa 60,000 miles from new. A gel coat repaint was carried out in 2000 and the car further benefits from a full engine, brake and suspension overhaul undertaken within the past three years. A winner of the Originality Concours at the 2004 UK Nationals, it is sold only because of the septuagenarian vendor’s advancing years. Without question one of the best ’Vettes in this country, ‘UVW 925R’ is offered with restoration invoices, MoT to November 2007 and Swansea V5 registration document.
1977 Chevrolette Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé  Chassis no. 0001Z37S446336 Engine no. 106962084
1977 Chevrolette Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé  Chassis no. 0001Z37S446336 Engine no. 106962084
1977 Chevrolette Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé  Chassis no. 0001Z37S446336 Engine no. 106962084
1977 Chevrolette Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé  Chassis no. 0001Z37S446336 Engine no. 106962084
1977 Chevrolette Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé  Chassis no. 0001Z37S446336 Engine no. 106962084
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