Everything You Want to Know About the 197 Corvette, All in One Place.
A significant milestone coinciding with the arrival of the 1977 Corvette happened in a year that was full of impressive milestones. On May 25, 1977, the film world would be changed forever as audiences were transported to a “galaxy far, far away” in George Lucas’s outer space epic, “Star Wars.”
Just four days later, race car driver A.J. Foyt would become the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times. The Apple Computer would officially begin its rise to global fortune and fame while the Commodore company introduced the world to its first personal, all-in-one computer, the “Commodore PET”. Even rival automotive manufacturer Porsche was reaching new milestones with the introduction of their first front-engine, V8 powered car, the 928 at the Geneva Motor Show on September 28th.
For Chevrolet, however, the 1977 model year marked a significant manufacturing milestone – the production of their 500,000th Corvette. It had taken Chevrolet 15 years to build the first 250,000 Corvettes, but only an additional eight years to build 250,000 more. While the 250,000th Corvette had been a Riverside Gold convertible that had been built on November 7, 1969, the 500,000th Corvette was a white coupe, which was driven off the production line by (then) Chevrolet General Manager, Robert Lund on March 15, 1977.