1977 Chevrolet Corvette C3 L-82

Highlights

  • One owner for the last 40 years! 
  • Appealing 200bhp L-82 and manual gearbox specification 
  • New engine and ancillaries fitted in 2020 and sparing use since 
  • Meticulous handwritten history file covering last 40 years 
  • Just two registered keepers since 1981 
  • MOT to April 2025 with no advisories 
  • Well maintained L-82 with scope for cosmetic improvement

The Appeal 

The C3 Corvette, America’s sports car, was often specified by buyers in a way that was more cruising than sporting. Not here. This ‘77 Vette has the more powerful 200bhp L-82 350CI motor and a rare manual box. 
Alongside that appealing specification is a history file quite unlike any we have seen in recent times. There are pages and pages of close-written, very detailed notes recording every single instance of maintenance and improvement dating back to 1986. Recent highlights include a new engine in May 2020 together with ancillaries like fuel and water pumps and starter motor. Since then the current keeper has carefully checked and attended to minor running issues. This is a car that has clearly been loved and poured over and was the deceased current keeper’s daily driver. 
It arrived here in 1981 and has had just two keepers since. The history file and long, advisory-free MOT point to a fine-running car. The bodywork is presentable with scope to improve it, which may be a worthwhile investment considering the history file. But no doubt with a car as stylish and sporting as this, such details can wait. 

The History and Paperwork

  • VIN records confirm this car was built in early 1977 with the L-82 engine 
  • Imported to the UK on 1st May 1981 
  • Current keeper for last 40 years who sadly recently died 
  • He was a Vincent classic V-twin restorer and used it daily 
  • DVLA records engine capacity as 5.3litres but this car appears to have a L-82 5.7L engine 
  • Two registered keepers since arriving here 
  • Thick and carefully organised history file of old MOTs, invoices and tax discs
  • Handwritten and carefully annotated maintenance notes dating to January 1986
  • Notable recent work includes new 350CI crate engine replacement in May 2020 
  • Engine ancillaries including water and fuel pumps and starter motor also replaced 
  • Original matching numbers L82 is on a frame and included in sale 
  • Alternator replaced in September 2020 
  • Some spare belts included 
  • Old registration document 
  • V5C in current keeper’s name 
  • Good MOT history with regular use since 2006 
  • Current MOT to 22nd April 2025 with no advisories and 19,136 miles showing 
  • Now showing 19,143 miles 

The Condition

  • Finished in factory correct Classic White (10) with Smoke Grey (152) leather interior 
  • Paintwork shows signs of use and age but is presentable from a distance
  • There are various marks in photographs including sills, nose cone and wings
  • Bodywork appears well kept with straight panels and no obvious fibreglass deterioration
  • Exterior chromework is complete but shows some areas of tarnish 
  • Fitted with factory correct deep diosh chromed alloy wheels in fair condition 
  • BF Goodrich tyres appears in good order with no MOT advisories for tyres 
  • Underside presents well with some evidence of remedial work 
  • No structural advisories on latest MOT test 
  • Leather interior appears to be original and unmodified including period radio cassette
  • Removable targa roof panels operate correctly with no leaks or sealing issues reported
  • Cabin includes factory leather trimmed, alloy-spoked wheel 
  • All dials and switchgear appear to work correctly including auxiliary console dials 
  • Black carpets with overmats are presentable showing some wear

The Mechanics 

  • Factory fitted with a 350CI 5.7litre L-82 200bhp V8 engine 
  • 4spd manual gearbox 
  • There are indications that the gearbox has recently been attended to 
  • New GM 350CI crate engine fitted in May 2020 
  • Little used since installation noted in MOTs
  • Original matching numbers L82 motor included in sale 
  • C3 brake caliper issue resolved by fitting stainless sleeved calipers and O-ring seals 
  • Very well maintained car with fastidious history file dating back to 1986 
  • No reported running or driving issues to advise
  • No mechanical or running gear advisories on current MOT 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1977
  • Make Chevrolet
  • Model Corvette
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 119,143 Miles
  • Engine size 5700
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Fairseat
  • Location Kent
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
6 bids
  • ludencl•••• £4,700 19/06/24
  • Shy Tor•••• £4,600 19/06/24
  • david.g•••• £4,500 19/06/24
  • jean-ag•••• £4,100 18/06/24
  • martyn-•••• £4,000 15/06/24
  • Luther8•••• £2,000 13/06/24
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