1977 Chevrolet Chevelle Review
Just looking at the 1977 Chevrolet Chevelle shows you that this is a muscle car. 1977 was the final model year of the Chevelle, marking the end of the third generation. This particular model was among the most successful Chevrolet vehicles. Throughout the years, the Chevelle was offered as a sedan, coupe, convertible, and station wagon. For the 1977 model year, all of these were options except the convertible. However, drivers traded a more limited selection for increased power and deluxe trim.
You will notice that all the 1977 Chevelles are referred to as Chevelle Malibus. While this was a higher trim level for previous model years, the Malibu had become the only trim available on the Chevelle. In fact, after the last ‘77 Chevelle rolled off the assembly line, GM rebranded the next generation of cars as Malibus. In other words, the contemporary Chevrolet Malibu is the result of the Chevelle’s continuing evolution over the years. The 1977 model was the last true Chevelle, however, making it a great addition for collectors and enthusiasts.
The 1977 Chevelle was available as either a Malibu or the more elaborate Malibu Classic. The Estate Wagon and Laguna Type S-3 were eliminated for the 1977 model year, leaving just the coupe, sedan, and station wagon available. Going with the Malibu Classic would give you a split bench front seat with luxurious cloth and vinyl, woodgrain accents on the instrument panel, and a color-keyed steering wheel. The Classic has a distinctive vertical grille and six-section taillights.You may also find a used ‘77 Chevelle that has full wheel covers, tinted glass, or the Exterior Décor group, as these were all options when it was first produced.
The standard engine in the Chevelle was a 250-cubic-inch 6-cylinder engine. There was also a 305-cubic-inch V8 that generated 145 horsepower. The final engine choice was a 4-barrel 350-cubic-inch V8 with 170 horsepower that came standard with the Malibu Classic Station Wagon. With the 350 the coupe could reach 117 mph while the 305 could theoretically reach 111 mph.
What Set It Apart
As with all other GM models, the Chevelle saw updates every model year. In 1977, there were new grilles. The number of available engines also decreased, although the remaining engines gained more horsepower. The Chevelle Special Edition was also unique for 1977 models. The Chevelle SE had spoilers in the front and rear, different tires, Turbine II wheels, swap bars, a sports suspension, unique graphics, and a deluxe interior. The popularity of the deluxe trim on the Malibu Classic make this car a classic find. Because the 1977 Chevelle was the final model year of this muscle car and sold fairly well, you can find classic models today if you know where to look and have patience.