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1976 Corvette Specs

Body Specs

Wheelbase 98.0 inches
Overhand (Front) 42.4 inches
Overhang (Rear) 44.8 inches
Front Track 58.7 inches
Rear Track 59.5 inches
Length 185.2 inches
Front Fender Overall Width 69.0 inches
Rear Fender Overall Width 68.8 inches
Ground Clearance
Exhaust System to Ground
4.3 inches
Ground Clearance
Frame to Ground
5.4 inches
Ground Clearance
Rear Axle to Ground
5.7 inches
Minimum Running Clearance 4.2 inches
(Measured at Catalytic Converter)
Overall Height 48.6 inches
Rocker Panel to Ground (Front) 7.9 inches
Rocker Panel to Ground (Rear) 7.9 inches
Luggage Capacity 6.5 Cubic Feet
Cowl Height 36.6 inches
Windshield Slope Angle 57.0°
Head Room 36.2 inches
Shoulder Room 47.9 inches
Hip Room 48.8 inches
Tire Size GR70 x 15B
Recommended Tire Inflation 20 PSI Cold (Front, Rear)
Wheels, Regular Production Size: 15 x 8
Synchronization All Forward Gears
Turbo Hydra-Matic (Automatic) Transmission
L48 (Base) Engine
1st Gear 2.48:1
2nd Gear 1.48:1
3rd Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.08:1
Turbo Hydra-Matic (Automatic) Transmission
L82 Engine
1st Gear 2.52:1
2nd Gear 1.52:1
3rd Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 1.94:1
Four Speed M20 Transmission 1st Gear 2.64:1
2nd Gear 1.75:1
3rd Gear 1.34:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.55:1
Close Ratio Four Speed
M21 Transmission
(Not available with Standard Engine)
1st Gear 2.43:1
2nd Gear 1.61:1
3rd Gear 1.23:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.35:1
Transmission Lubricant Type Military MIL-L-2105-B
SAE 80
Lubricant Capacity Four Speed Manual: 3 Quarts
Differential Lubricant Type Military MIL-L-2105-B
SAE 80
Differential Lubricant Capacity 4.0 pints
Axle Ratio 180 Horsepower Base Engine
3.08:1, 3.36:1
205 Horsepower L82 Engine
3.36:1, 3.55:1, 3.70:1
Transmission Synchromesh All Four Gears
Standard Fuel Tank Capacity 17 Gallons
Steering Wheel Diameter 15.0 inches
Steering Ratio 16.1:1
Wheel Turns 3.4 (Street)
2.92 (Fast)
Turning Diameters 37.0 feet (Curb to Curb)
38.6 feet (Wall to Wall)


Weight

Model 19437 Sport Coupe (Curb)
Front: 1,710 lb.
Rear: 1,831 lb.
Total: 3,541 lb.
(Shipping)
Front: 1,732 lb.
Rear: 1,713 lb.
Total: 3,445 lb.
Shipping Weight: Weight of basic vehicle with regular equipment, including grease, oil, engine coolant to capacity and (3) gallons of gasoline.
Curb Weight: Shipping weight plus gasoline to capacity.

Power to Weight Ratio
180 Horsepower Standard L48 Engine, Four Speed Transmission:
3,841 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 21.34
180 Horsepower Standard L48 Engine, Automatic Transmission:
3,895 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 21.63
210 Horsepower L82 Engine, Four Speed Transmission:
3,845 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 18.31
210 Horsepower L82 Engine, Automatic Transmission:
3,899 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 18.57

Weight Differentials
Air Conditioning (RPO C60) +81 lb. (With Standard, L82 Engines)
(+65 lb. Front; +16 lb. Rear)
Power Windows (RPO A31) +7 lb.
(+4 lb. Front; +3 lb. Rear)
Power Brakes (RPO J50) +9 lb.
(+8 lb. Front; +1 lb. Rear)
L82 Engine With Four Speed Manual Transmission: +13 lb.
With Automatic Transmission: +58 lb.
Tilt / Telescopic Steering Wheel
(RPO N37)
+3 lb.
(+3 lb. Front; +0 lb. Rear)
Standard L48 Engine
With Turbo Hydra Matic Transmission
+54 lb.
(+37 lb. Front; +17 lb. Rear)
Gymkhana Suspension +6 lb.
(+3 lb. Front; +3 lb. Rear)
Power Steering +26 lb.
(+25 lb. Front; +1 lb. Rear)
Radio, AM/FM Stereophonic
(RPO U58)
+18 lb.
(+11 lb. Front; +7 lb. Rear)
Radio, AM/FM Pushbutton
(RPO U69)
+14 lb.
(+7 lb. Front; +7 lb. Rear)


Engine Specs

Type: V8
Valve Location: In Head
Bore / Stroke: 4.00" / 3.48" (Standard, L82 350 Cubic Inch)
Displacement: Standard, L82 Engines: 350 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio: 8.5:1 (Standard Engine)
9.0:1 (L82 Engine)
Crankshaft Material: Forged Steel
Camshaft Material: Cast Alloy Iron
Oil Pump Type: Gear
Normal Oil Pressure 32 - 40 psi @ 2,000 RPM
Oil Pressure Gauge Electrical
Recommended Oil Grade Above 20°F: SAE 20W-20, SAE 10W-30, 10W-40
20W-40, 20W-50
0°F to 60°F: SAE 10W, 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40
Below 20°F: SAE 5W-20, 5W-30
Fuel Filter Strainer
Fuel Pump Mechanical
Fuel Pressure 5¼ - 6½ PSI
Cooling System Capacity 350 cubic inch Standard, L82 Engines
20.7 Quarts (with heater)
Thermostat Type Choke
Radiator Cap Relief Pressure 15 +/-1 PSI
Battery (Standard, L82 Engines) 12 volt - 78 plate
3,500 Watts
Thermostat Opening 192° - 198° F (Base L48 Engine)
177° - 183° F (L82 Engine)

Brakes
Type Caliper Disc, Four Wheel Hydraulic
Lining Area 43.15 Square Inches
Swept Area 249.14 Square Inches
Disc Vented

Horsepower
Standard Engine (350 cubic inch) 180 hp @ 4,000 RPM;
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM
RPO L82 (350 cubic inch) 210 hp @ 5,200 RPM;
Torque: 255 lb-ft. @ 3,600 RPM

Ignition System
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance Distributor | 1112888 | Base Engine
Start: 0° @ 1,100 RPM
Intermediate: 16° @ 2,000 RPM
Maximum: 22° @ 4,600 RPM
Distributor | 1112905 | Base Engine
California Only
Start: 0° @ 1,200 RPM
Intermediate: 12° @ 2,000 RPM
Maximum: 22° @ 4,200 RPM
Distributor | 1103200 | L82 Engine - Manual Transmission
Start: 0° @ 1,200 RPM
Intermediate: 13° @ 1,600 RPM
Maximum: 16° @ 2,000 RPM
Distributor | 1112979 | L82 Engine - Automatic Transmission
Start: 0° @ 1,200 RPM
Intermediate: 13° @ 1,600 RPM
Maximum: 16° @ 2,000 RPM
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance Distributor | 1112888 | Base Engine
Start: 0° @ 4 inches Hg
Maximum: 18° @ 1 inches Hg
Distributor | 1112905 | Base Engine - California Only
Start: 0° @ 6 inches Hg
Maximum: 15° 12 inches Hg
Distributor | 1103200 | L82 Engine - Manual Transmission
Start: 0° 45 inches Hg
Maximum: 10° 8 inches Hg
Distributor | 1112979 | L82 Engine - Automatic Transmission
Start: 0° 4 inches Hg
Maximum: 13° 10.5 inches Hg
Initial Timing Distributor | 1112888 | Base Engine
8° BTC @ 800 RPM - Manual Transmission
8° BTC @ 600 RPM - Automatic Transmission
Distributor | 1112905 | Base Engine
California Only
6° BTC @ 600 RPM - Automatic Transmission
Distributor | 1103200 | L82 Engine
12° BTC @ 900 RPM - Manual Transmission
12° BTC @ 700 RPM - Automatic Transmission
Spark Plug AC Spark Plug
R45TS
Spark Plug Thread 14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque 25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Gap .045 inch
Firing Order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
Idle Standard Engine, Manual Transmission:
800 RPM (In Neutral)
Standard Engine, Automatic Transmission:
600 RPM (In Drive)
L82 Engine, Manual Transmission:
900 RPM (In Neutral)
L82 Engine, Automatic Transmission:
700 RPM (In Drive)

1976 Corvette Options

RPO Description Production Price
Custom Interior Trim 36,762 (78.96%) $164.00
Optional Rear Axle Ratios 1,371 (2.94%) $13.00
A31 Power Windows 38,700 (83.12%) $107.00
C49 Rear Window Defroster 24,960 (53.61%) $78.00
C60 Air Conditioning 40,787 (87.60%) $523.00
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension 5,368 (11.53%) $35.00
J50 Power Brakes 46,558 (100.00%) $59.00
L82 350 cu. in. 210hp Engine (n/a in California) 5,720 (12.29%) $481.00
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 2,088 (4.48%) n/a
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission 36,625 (78.67%) n/a
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column 41,797 (89.77%) $95.00
N41 Power Steering 46,385 (99.63%) $151.00
QRM White Stripe Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15 3,992 (8.57%) $37.00
QRZ White Letter Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15 39,923 (85.75%) $51.00
U58 AM-FM Radio, stereo 34,272 (73.61%) $281.00
U69 AM-FM Radio 11,083 (23.80%) $187.00
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery 25,909 (55.65%) $16.00
UF1 Map Light (on rearview mirror) 35,361 (75.95%) $10.00
YF5 California Emission Test 3,527 (7.58%) $50.00
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels (4) 6,253 (13.43%) $299.00

Total Production: 46,558
Coupe: 46,558 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 180 hp engine and wide ratio four speed manual transmission: $6,810.10.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Wheels
10 Classic White 10,674 (22.93%) Black / Blue-Green / Buckskin / Dark Brown / Firethorn / Smoked Grey / White Silver
13 Silver 6,934 (14.89%) Black / Blue-Green / Buckskin / Firethorn / Smoked Grey / White Silver
22 Bright Blue 3,268 (7.02%) Black / Smoked Grey Silver
33 Dark Green 2,038 (4.38%) Black / Blue-Green / Buckskin / Smoked Grey / White Silver
37 Mahogany 4,182 (8.98%) Black / Buckskin / Firethorn / Smoked Grey / White Silver
56 Bright Yellow 3,389 (7.28%) Black / Dark Brown Silver
64 Buckskin 2,954 (6.34%) Black / Buckskin / Dark Brown / Firethorn / White Silver
69 Dark Brown 4,447 (9.55%) Black / Buckskin / Dark Brown / White Silver
70 Orange Flame 4,073 (8.75%) Black / Buckskin / Dark Brown Silver
72 Red 4,590 (9.86%) Black / Buckskin / Firethorn / Smoked Grey / White Silver


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