1976 Corvette

1976 Corvette Pricing, Factory Options, & Colors

This page has most, if not all, of the options available when ordering a new 1976 Chevrolet Corvette. Also included are the interior and exterior color options, including paint codes. Read more: 1976 Corvette research center.

1976 Corvette Factory Options

CODE:
DESCRIPTION:
QUANTITY:
RETAIL PRICE:
1YZ37
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
46,558
$7,604.85
Custom Interior Trim
36,762
$164.00
A31
Power Windows
38,700
$107.00
C49
Rear Window Defogger
24,960
$78.00
C60
Air Conditioning
40,787
$523.00
FE7
Gymkhana Suspension
5,368
$35.00
Optional Rear Axle Ratios
1,371
$13.00
J50
Power Brakes
46,558
$59.00
L82
350ci, 210hp Engine
5,720 $481.00
M21
4-Speed Manual Trans, Close Ratio
2,088 $2,088
M40
Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission
36,625 $0.00
N37
Tilt Telescopic Steering Column
41,797 $95.00
N41
Power Steering
46,385 $151.00
QRM
White Stripe Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15
3,992 $37.00
QRZ
White Letter Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15
39,923
$51.00
U58
AM-FM Radio, stereo
34,272 $281.00
 U6  AM-FM Radio 11,083 $187.00
UA1
Heavy Duty Battery
25,909
$16.00
 UF1
Map Light (on rearview mirror)
35,361
$10.00
 YF5
California Emission Test
3,527 $50.00
 YJ8
Aluminum Wheels (4)
6,253 $299.00

Base Corvette Sport Coupe (1YZ37)

  • The base price of the 1976 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe without any optional equipment.
  • A 350 cubic inch, 180 horsepower engine, 4-speed wide ratio manual transmission, vinyl interior trim, and T-tops were included in the base price.
  • The only engine-transmission combination that was available in California was the base 350 cubic inch, 180 horsepower engine with the M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.
  • Listed as separate options originally, power brakes (J50) and power steering (N41) were included in an increased base price in 1976.

Custom Interior ( — )

  • Optional interior trim upgrade that included a number of custom modifications to the base interior.
  • The custom interior trim includes leather seat trim, wood-grain accents and carpet trim on door panels, wood-grain accents on the console, and cut-pile carpeting.

Power Windows (A31)

  • Factory installed power driver and passenger windows.

Rear Window Defroster (C49)

  • An optional rear window forced air defogger.
  • This option used glass heating elements instead of forced air and the naming convention changed from “defroster” to “defogger”.

Air Conditioning (C60)

  • Factory installed four-season air-conditioning.
  • System includes evaporator, blower, condenser, receiver-dehydrator, refrigerant (freon) tank, air intake assembly and duct assembly for both systems.
  • Includes an integrated heater.

Gymkhana Suspension (FE7)

  • An optional, heavier-duty suspension system for higher levels of performance.
  • Included a stiffer front sway bar and stiffer springs.
  • There were no restrictions on ordering this option – it could be ordered with any engine/transmission combination.
  • Optional Rear Axle Ratio – Rear axle ratio selection.

Power Brakes (J50)

  • Vacuum power assisted brakes; includes dual circuit master cylinder.
  • All 1976 Corvettes had power brakes.

350ci, 210hp Engine (L82)

  • Optional higher-output, small block V-8 engine.
  • 4-Speed Manual Transmission, Close Ratio (M21)
  • A close ratio version of the M20 Muncie 4-speed manual transmission.
  • The gear ratios for the RPO M21 Close Ratio 4-Speed Manual Transmission are: 1st Gear – 2.20:1, 2nd Gear – 1.64:1, 3rd Gear – 1.28:1, 4th Gear – 1.0:1 (Direct).
  • M21 was a no-cost option but required the optional L82 engine.
  • Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission (M40) – An optional, three-speed automatic transmission.
  • The Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission consisted of a 3-element hydraulic torque converter and compound planetary gear set. It was equipped with the following gear ratios: 1st Gear – 2.48:1, 2nd Gear – 1.48:1, and 3rd Gear – 1.00:1.
  • The M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission was a no-cost option with the base 350 cubic inch, 180 horsepower engine, but cost $134.00 with the optional L82 engine.

Tilt Telescopic Steering Column (N37)

  • An optional, adjustable steering column and tilt-angle adjustable steering wheel.
  • The Telescopic Steering Column changes the drivers distance from the steering wheel by literally telescoping the steering wheel closer to or further away from the vehicle operator.

Power Steering (N41)

  • Hydraulically assisted power steering.
  • Magnets were added to power steering units to attract and collect metallic debris caught in the power steering fluid.
  • All but 173 Corvettes came equipped with power steering in 1976.

White Stripe Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15 (QRM)

  • Standard size tires with a special 3/8″ wide white sidewall stripes.

White Letter Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15 (QRZ)

  • Standard size tires with special raised white lettering.

AM-FM Radio, Stereo (U58)

  • A standard/stock dealer installed Corvette radio.
  • The radio received broadcast in FM 2-channel stereo, FM monaural, and AM monaural.
  • 16-transistor 9-diode circuitry.
  • Two-speakers.
  • Fixed height rear antenna.
  • The 1976 Corvette was the last of the era to require a unique Delco radio due to the available console depth.
  • In 1976, 1,203 Corvettes were ordered without a radio.

AM-FM Radio (U69)

  • A standard/stock dealer installed Corvette radio.
  • The radio receives broadcast in FM monaural, and AM monaural.
  • 16-transistor 9-diode circuitry.
  • Two-speakers.
  • Fixed height rear antenna.
  • The 1976 Corvette was the last of the era to require a unique Delco radio due to the available console depth.
  • In 1976, 1,203 Corvettes were ordered without a radio.

Heavy Duty Battery (UA1)

  • Optional, heavier-duty battery with increased cranking amps/capability.
  • General Motors “freedom” battery, a new sealed and maintenance-free unit, was included with all 1976 models.

Map Light (on rearview mirror) (UF1)

  • Light mounted on inside rearview mirror.

California Emission Test (YF5)

  • An assembly line emissions test to conform with California registration requirements.

Aluminum Wheels (4) (YJ8)

  • Included four aluminum wheels and a conventional steel spare.
  • The aluminum wheels were originally expected for arrival as an option on the 1973 Corvette.
  • The wheels were developed by Kelsey Hayes in Mexico.
  • The wheels can be identified on their inside surfaces as to source and build location.

Notes:

  • The carburetor air induction system was revised in 1976. Previously, air was drawn in at the rear of the hood, producing a howling or whining sound in the interior of the Corvette. The source point for the air was moved forward, enabling air to be pulled into the engine compartment over the radiator.
  • Two bumper styles were used on the 1976 Corvette – one featured the Corvette logo in small, recessed letters. The other featured larger letters that were surface mounted (not recessed.)
  • The 1976 hood is unique to the model year.
  • Engineers put a partial steel underbelly in the forward section of the 1976 Corvette for added rigidity, weight reduction, and to better isolate the cockpit from heat generated by the car’s catalytic converters.
  • Astro Ventilation was eliminated from the Chevy Corvette in 1976. As part of the deletion of this option, the vents on the rear deck (just aft of the back window) were deleted.
  • A new “sport” steering wheel was introduced for the 1976 Corvette that was shared with the Chevy Vega (and other Chevy models.) Because it was not unique to the Corvette, it was not well received by Corvette enthusiasts.
  • Some of the late production 1976 Corvettes utilized interior components from the 1977 Corvette model.
  • Corvette sales in Canada for the 1976 model year included 4,289 units.

1976 Corvette

See Also

C3 1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973 1974 1975
1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
Gen C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7

1976 Corvette Exterior & Interior Colors

Exterior Colors

CODE EXTERIOR QTY WHEELS INTERIOR
10
Classic White
10,674 Silver Blue, Black, Brown, Buckskin, Red, Smoked Grey,
13 Silver
6,934
Silver White
22 Black 3,268 Silver Blue, Black, Red, Smoked Grey, White
33
Dark Green
2,038 Silver Black, Buckskin, Red, Smoked Grey, White
37
Mahogany
4,182 Silver Black, Smoked Grey, White
56
Bright Yellow
3,389 Silver Blue, Black, Buckskin, Smoked Grey, White
64
Buckskin
2,954
Silver Black
69
Dark Brown
4,447 Silver Black, Brown
70
Orange Flame
4,073
Silver Black, Brown
72
Red
4,590
Silver Black, Brown, Buckskin

Interior Colors (Vinyl & Leather)

INTERIOR COLOR CODES (VINYL):
INTERIOR COLOR CODES (LEATHER):
White (Vinyl)
Black (Vinyl)
Buckskin (Vinyl)
Firethorn (Vinyl)
15
19
64
71
White (Leather)
Smoke Grey (Leather)
Black (Leather)
Blue-Green (Leather)
Buckskin (Leather)
Dark Brown(Leather)
Firethorn (Leather)
112
152
192
322
642
692
712

Exterior Colors

1976 Corvette Colors

Interior Colors

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