1976 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé  Chassis no. 1Z37L7S401958 Engine no. 1Z37L7S401958

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Lot 335
1976 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé
Registration no. UYT 438S Chassis no. 1Z37L7S401958 Engine no. 1Z37L7S401958

Sold for £ 10,350 (US$ 13,918) inc. premium
1976 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé
Registration no. UYT 438S
Chassis no. 1Z37L7S401958
Engine no. 1Z37L7S401958

Footnotes

  • Back in 1953, Chevrolet’s launch of a two-seater sports car 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 sports car.
    Dating from the Corvette’s first year without the ‘Stingray’ title, this example was sold new in the UK by General Motors agents, Lendrum & Hartman, of Albemarle Street London W1 in February 1978. A 1977 model built late in 1976, the car has the 350ci (5.7-litre) V8 engine delivering 180bhp in standard trim. This particular engine however, has had the power-sapping emissions equipment removed and various performance-enhancing accessories fitted including tubular exhaust headers and a Holley carburettor. The automatic transmission has been reprogrammed to better exploit the increase in available power, while other noteworthy features include Mickey Thompson rocker covers, ‘keystone’ wheels and a stainless steel exhaust system.
    ‘UYT 438S’ has been owned by the current vendor since May 1991, having had five former keepers, and has covered 27,061 miles from new as substantiated by accompanying MoT certificates dating from 1982 to 2004. Currently SORN’d, the vehicle is described as in generally good condition and offered with old-style logbook and Swansea V5 registration document.
1976 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé  Chassis no. 1Z37L7S401958 Engine no. 1Z37L7S401958
1976 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Targa’ Coupé  Chassis no. 1Z37L7S401958 Engine no. 1Z37L7S401958
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