Although the price of the Corvette was at an all-time high, the new Corvette was still in high demand, as reflected in the fact that Chevrolet sold 46,558 units that year, breaking the previous sales record set in 1969.
It has been debated that this continued increase in Corvette sales in 1976 was a direct result of the energy crisis earlier in the decade. Many automotive manufacturers had eliminated their performance-car production lines completely, forcing consumers to turn to Chevrolet and the 1976 Corvette as a result. While some critics have speculated that this was the primary reason for the Corvette’s sales strength that year, there was still no denying that the Corvette was a unique and satisfying sports car – even at the higher price point.
Read more: 1976 Corvette Research Center.
1976 Production Volumes by Model Variant
The coupe accounted for 100% of sales because the convertible was no longer offered in 1976.
|Model Variant||Production||% of Total|
1976 Production Volumes by RPO Codes & Colors
Below, we have broken out the 1976 Corvette production builds by RPO codes and options so you can see how popular or rare certain options were.
|1YZ37||Base Car||Base Corvette Sport Coupe||46,558|
|L82||Engine||350ci, 210hp Engine||5,720|
|M21||Transmission||4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio||2,088|
|M40||Transmission||Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission||36,625|
|n/a||Rear Axle||Optional Rear Axle Ratio||1,371|
|QRM||Tires||GR70x15 White Stripe Steel Belted Tires||3,992|
|QRZ||Tires||GR70x15 White Letter Steel Belted Tires||39,923|
|U58||Radio / Stereo||AM-FM Stereo Radio||34,272|
|U69||Radio / Stereo||AM-FM Radio||11,083|
|N37||Other Options||Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column||41,797|
|N41||Other Options||Power Steering||46,385|
|UF1||Other Options||Map Light||35,631|
|YF5||Other Options||California Emission Test||3,527|
|A31||Other Options||Power Windows||38,700|
|n/a||Other Options||Custom Interior Trim||0|
|C49||Other Options||Rear Window Defogger||24,960|
|C60||Other Options||Air Conditioning||40,787|
|UA1||Other Options||Heavy Duty Battery||25,909|
|10||Exterior Colors||Classic White||10,674|
|22||Exterior Colors||Bright Blue||3,268|
|33||Exterior Colors||Dark Green||2,038|
|56||Exterior Colors||Bright Yellow||3,389|
|69||Exterior Colors||Dark Brown||4,447|
|70||Exterior Colors||Orange Flame||4,073|
|152||Interior||Smoked Grey Leather||0|
|692||Interior||Dark Brown Leather||0|