19K Mile L82: 1977 Chevy Corvette

This 1977 Chevrolet Corvette is described as an estate sale find that the seller is simply moving along after he acquired it as a 19,000 mile survivor. Apparently, he didn’t register the car or transfer any paperwork, so the next caretaker of this low-mileage specimen will indeed be the second owner. It’s equipped with the L82 V8 and a ton of other options, including the Gymkhana suspension. Find it here on eBay with a $16,995 Buy-It-Now.

The luggage rack is another one of those options, and while it seems unusual today, it wasn’t exactly uncommon to see sports cars in the 70s with adornments like these. I just wonder how many drivers ever actually attached their overnight bag with a leather strap to a rack like this. According to the seller, the interior and exterior are nines out of ten, and the Corvette has been kept in climate-controlled storage since new.

The engine bay does bear the hallmarks of a drivetrain that hasn’t seen much use. The seller notes you can see all sort of original factory pencil markings on the car, and that the Corvette retains its original plugs and wires. Some replacements have been made for safe operation’s sake, including new brake calipers, stainless lines, tires, and some hoses, as well as a rebuilt alternator and new battery. The original tires are included with the sale.

The interior looks as you’d expect for a car with mileage this low, and is a sharp look against the silver exterior. Flip-up headlights and power windows work well, and the A/C system is in the process of being converted (but doesn’t work at the present time.) The seller notes the Corvette is ready to go with no known issues or faults, and that it’s ready for cruising or a high-performance build. Which option would you choose with a low-mileage example like this?


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  1. Arthell64 Member

    If a person wanted a c3 this one looks like a good one. Much cheaper and fun to buy one like this than one needing a complete body off restoration.

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  2. Moparman Member

    I absolutely DESPISE those added on luggage racks! I feel that they ruin the smooth looks of the car. This one is a beauty! GLWTS! :-)

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    • Pat L Member

      You would probably be more likely to see the t-tops stored on the luggage rack to save room inside the car. GM used to sell a kit for this. Had them on my ‘77 back in the day.

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  3. ruxvette

    If you’ve ever owned a “trunk-less” Corvette you will absolutely LOVE the luggage rack when going on a trip. I had one on my ’89 and used it a lot.

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  4. TimS Member

    Flipper probably told the seller that nobody wanted smog era C3s and said he would haul it away for a small fee.

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  5. JoeNYWF64

    An aftermarket cat conv has been fitted to free up a few horses & i see a cutout in the crossmember allowing you easily fit true duals if so desired & free up more horses.
    Wonder how the 160mph speedo got past the feds when most other cars had a 100 mph max one in 1975 & an 85mph max one by ’77.

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    • Arthell64 Member

      The 85 mph speedo gov mandate started in 1980. Another gov mandate that sucked.

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  6. George Mattar

    I agree with Moparman. Luggage a joke and ugly. Ruins the car, especially like my 73 coupe. 77 had plenty of changes. I worked as the asst service manager at a large Chevy dealer when these cars were new. Yes. Early 77s had different emblems. And the one piece Corvette emblem on the was larger than a 76. Some late 76s had the larger emblem. Biggest changes were the cross flags and no more Stingray emblem on fenders. In 77, GM went to the ugly blue corporate engines and regular radios. Last Corvette only radio was 76. 77 first year with cruise control, but only with automatic trans. Beautiful car and certainly a bargain if the mileage is correct. I love silver. My 73 is silver.

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  7. Sam


    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      Not sold. Another one that was ended early so we’ll never know the true end of the story.

      He did not get that amount, for sure, but someone might have waved some cash in his face.

  8. John Oliveri

    I would leave it alone, drive it to shows and enjoy it for what it is

  9. Brian

    I owned my 77 L48 for 15 years. Black and red leather. My dealer installed luggage rack only served as a t-top carrier with full hardware and in full dress at shows, as I never trusted it to hold those in place at speed, less I’d become an unwitting member of the Corvette FRC

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