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C3 Corvette (1968-1982)

The Stingray Era

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1977 Corvette

By 1977, base horsepower was down to 180, and there were no convertibles.

Photo courtesy of General Motors

Here are some basic production and model statistics for the C3 era Corvettes:

1968
Total Production: 28,566
Coupes: 9,936
Convertibles: 18,630
Base price: $4663 coupe/$4320 convertible
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 327 c.i. or V8 427 c.i.
Horsepower: 300/350/390/435/560
Notes: First year of the C3 body, first year of Zora Arkus-Duntov as Chief Engineer

1969
Total Production: 38,762
Coupes: 22,129
Convertibles: 16,633
Base price: $4781 coupe/$4438 convertible
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 427 c.i.
Horsepower: 300/350/390/430/435/560
Notes: First year of the Stingray badge, first year of the 350 cubic inch engine, first year coupe production is higher than convertible, L88 cars stated horsepower of 430 but in reality about 560, last year of the 427 cubic inch big block engine

1970
Total Production: 17,316
Coupes: 10,648
Convertibles: 6,648
Base price: $5192 coupe/$4849 convertible
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 454 c.i.
Horsepower: 300/350/370/390/465
Notes: First year of the 454 cubic inch big block engine, first year of the ZR1 option

1971
Total Production: 21,801
Coupes: 14,680
Convertibles: 7121
Base price: $5496 coupe/$5259 convertible
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 454 c.i.
Horsepower: 270/330/365/425
Notes: First ever drop in base horsepower

1972
Total Production: 27,004
Coupes: 20,496
Convertibles: 6508
Base price: $5533 coupe/$5296 convertible
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 454 c.i.
Horsepower: 200/255/270
Notes: Change to net horsepower measurement drops engine power numbers on paper

1973
Total Production: 30,464
Coupes: 25,521
Convertibles: 4943
Base price: $5561 coupe/$5398 convertible
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 454 c.i.
Horsepower: 190/250/275
Notes: First year of body-colored front bumper

1974
Total Production: 37,502
Coupes: 32,028
Convertibles: 5474
Base price: $6001 coupe/$5765 convertible
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 454 c.i.
Horsepower: 195/250/270
Notes: First year of body-colored rear bumper, last year of the big block

1975
Total Production: 38,465
Coupes: 33,386
Convertibles: 4629
Base price: $6797 coupe/$6550 convertible
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 165/205
Notes: Last year of the C3 convertible, first year of catalytic converter, first year of HEI solid-state ignition, lowest stated base horsepower of any V8 Corvette in history, Zora Arkus-Duntov leaves GM

1976
Total Production: 46,558
Base price: $7604
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 180/210
Notes: Last year of Stingray name badge

1977
Total Production: 49,213
Base price: $8647
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 180/210
Notes: Total production surpasses 500,000 Corvettes in this year

1978
Total Production: 46,776
Base price: $9351
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 175/185/220
Notes: 25th anniversary year, special anniversary edition available, first year for fastback body style, first year for the Corvette Indianapolis 500 pace car, special pace car limited edition available at $13,653

1979
Total Production: 53,807
Base price: $10,220
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 195/225
Notes: Highest production year ever

1980
Total Production: 40,614
Base price: $13,140
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 305 c.i.
Horsepower: 180/190/230
Notes: Year of the 305 cubic inch engine for California emissions standards, TIME magazine rated this edition one of the 50 worst cars of all time.

1981
Total Production: 40,606
Base price: $16,258
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri and Bowling Green, Kentucky
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 190
Notes: Opening of Bowling Green factory, closure of St. Louis factory, last year for a manual transmission C3, first year for composite rear spring

1982
Total Production: 25,407
Base price: $18,290
Built in: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 200
Notes: First year for Cross-Fire fuel injection, last year for the C2/C3 frame, last year for the C3 body, C3 is the longest production run and the most Corvettes produced of any generation, collector's edition with hatchback available at $22,537

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