1977 Camaro Specifications
Camaro and the return of its popularity also mean the Z28 model was back on the table for consumers. The Z28 was meant to stratify performance enthusiasts who were being overlooked by almost all other US car manufacturers.
The 1977 Z28 Chevy Camaro was considered a ‘bare bones’ performance car.
1977 Camaro Model Options
- 250 cubic inch V6
- 305 cubic inch V8
- 350 cubic inch V8
1977 Camaro Production:
- 31,389 6-cyl
- 187,464 V8
- 218,853 total
Dealer Introduction: 9/30/76
Vehicle Identification Example: 1Q87D7N529055
- First digit is GM Division: 1 = Chevrolet
- Second digit is model: Q = Sport Coupe and Z28 Sport Coupe, S = Type LT
- Digits 3 & 4 are body type: 87 = 2dr. coupe
- Fifth digit is engine code: D = 250ci, L = 350ci, U = 305ci
- Sixth digit is model year: 7 = 1977
- Seventh digit is N for Norwood assembly, L for Van Nuys.
- Last six digits increased one with each car built at each plant.
Dimensions & Capacities:
- Length: 195.4″
- Height: 49.2″
- Width: 74.4″
- Wheelbase: 108.0″
- Track F/R: 61.6/60.3″
- Weight Distribution F/R: 56.1/43.9%
- Ground Clearance: 4.9
- Fuel Capacity: 21.0 Gal
- Battery Capacity: 12volt 61 amp/hr
- Alternator capacity: 854 watts
Curb Weight: (in pounds)
- 1FQ87 (L6) – 3479
- 1FS87 (L6) – 3532
1977 Ending VIN by Month
- Aug I – 501141
- Sep – 507691
- Oct – N.A.
- Nov – 521082
- Dec – 526850
- Jan – 532103
- Feb – 536511
- Mar – 542640
- Apr – 547995
- May – 553481
- Jun – 559330
- Jul – 564569
- Aug II – 565183
- Van Nuys
- Aug I – 504488
- Sep – 516361
- Oct – N.A.
- Nov – 539932
- Dec – 550223
- Jan – 562316
- Feb – 576880
- Mar – 594396
- Apr – 608445
- May – 624638
- Jun – 641443
- Jul – 653671
- Aug II – N.A.
1977 Spotters Guide & New Features
Besides the Camaro outselling the Ford Mustang (198,755 to 161,654) for the 1st time, the biggest news in the Automotive industry in 1977 was the return of the Z28 Camaro. No longer just an engine RPO, the Z28 was a specific model, with emphasis on the suspension and appearance. The Z28’s 350 V8 engine made 185 hp, exhaling through dual exhaust resonators and it came mated to the close ratio M21. Suspension included: front & rear sway bars, special springs, special shocks and faster steering. In the appearance department the Z got blacked out grills, rear panel and rocker panel, dual sport mirrors, front & rear spoilers, body colored 15″ 5 spoke wheels, and body colored bumpers. In addition to this, the car got bold accenting graphics, decals and emblems. For complete 1977 Z28 specifications click here.
Camaro saw the following additional changes:
- The Z28 returns in mid-year.
- 1st year Camaro outsells the Mustang
- intermittent windshield wipers debut
- hidden wipers standard
- 4 speed transmissions not available in California
- Reverse gear on 4 speeds relocated from far-left-up to far-left-down.
1977 Camaro Engine & Drivetrain Info
* Denotes California rating
1977 Camaro DrivetrainNote: No manual transmissions available in California for 1977
Axle Ratio Key:
- S = Standard ratio
- E = Economy
- P = Performance
Engine Suffix Codes
- At = Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
- Ce = California emission controls
- Ci = cubic inch
- Ex = export
- Mt = manual transmission
- Uu = uncertain usage
Engine Code Example: F0908CCA
(2505ci – Assembled in Flint assembly plant on September 8)
Transmission & Rear Axle Codes
Transmission Code Example: S7D27
(1977 Saginaw 3-speed, assembled April 27)
- ZC = 3 speed manual (L6 & V8).
- ZM = 4 speed manual (V8)
- WK = TH350 (L6), AG = TH350 (V8)
Click here for further transmission decoding information
Rear end Code Example: PCG100D
(Chevy sourced 3.08 open, assembled on day shift of 100th day of the year)
1977 Camaro Factory Options
|1FQ87||Camaro Sport Coupe||131,717||$4,113.45|
|1FS87||Camaro Type LT Coupe||72,787||4,478.45|
|1FQ87||Camaro Z28 Sport Coupe||14,349||5,170.06|
|AK1||Belts, color-keyed seat and shoulder||64,923||19.00|
|AN6||Adjustable Seat Back, driver side||12,528||20.00|
|AU3||Power Door Locks||20,173||68.00|
|A01||Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows||181,982||50.00|
|A02||Soft Ray Tinted Glass, Windshield||4,475||?|
|BW1||Delete Deck Lid Emblem||?||–|
|B37||Floor Mats, color-keyed front and rear||86,144||16.00|
|B77||Reveal Molding B||?||?|
|B80||Molding, roof drip||66,021||17.00|
|B84||Molding, body side||133,738||40.00|
|B89||BLK Revl Mldg||?||?|
|B93||Molding, door edge||59,100||8.00|
|CB7||Vinyl Roof Cover||18,555||96.00|
|CD4||Windshield Wipers, Pulse||16,190||30.00|
|C50||Defroster, rear window||73,242||48.00|
|C80||RH DR JAM S||?||?|
|D31||Tilt RV MIRR||?||?|
|D35||Mirrors, sport right and left remote exterior||109,520||30.00|
|D80||Spoilers, front and rear||46,103||87.00|
|F41||Spec Perf Suspension||27,079||36.00|
|GU6||342 Ratio Axle||?||?|
|G80||Positraction, rear axle||18,095||54.00|
|G92||Rear Axle, high altitude||750||14.00|
|K30||Speed Control, cruise master||25,100||80.00|
|K76||61 Amp Alternator||?||?|
|L22||Engine, 250ci, 110hp L6 (90hp in Cal)||31389||std|
|LG3||Engine, 305ci, 145hp V8 (135hp in Calif)||147,173||120.00|
|LM1||Engine, 350ci, 170hp V8 (160hp in Calif)||40,291||210.00|
|M15||Transmission, 3-speed manual||8,810||std|
|M20||Transmission, 4-speed wide range||8,423||252.00|
|M21||Transmission, 4-speed close ratio (Z28 only)||5,114||nc|
|M40||Transmission, Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic||196,506||282.00|
|NA2||Emission Equipment, standard/Federal||?||std|
|NA6||Emission Equipment, high altitude||4,374||22.00|
|N33||Tilt Steering Column||77,491||57.00|
|N65||Spare Tire, space saver||22,643||nc|
|P01||Wheel Covers, bright metal||21,444||33.00|
|QBT||Tires, FR78x14 belted radial white letter||34,928||55.00|
|QDW||Tires, FR78x14 belted radial white stripe||142,141||41.00|
|QEG||Tires, E78x14 belted black wall||2,511||-107.10|
|QEH||Tires, E78x14 belted white stripe||11,656||-11.10|
|QRZ||Tires, G70x15, white letter||14,350||?|
|UM1||Radio, AM with stereo tape||12,881||209.00|
|UM2||Radio, AM-FM with stereo tape||17,353||324.00|
|U58||Radio, AM-FM stereo||21,128||226.00|
|U76||Antenna, windshield type||58,293||17.00|
|U80||Speaker, rear seat||27,430||23.00|
|V30||Bumper Guards, front and rear||49,576||39.00|
|YF5||Emission Equipment, required for California||24,088||70.00|
|Z21||Style Trim Group||93,706||61.00|
|Z54||Interior Decor and Quiet Sound Package||25,328||57.00|
|Z85||Rally Sport Package||17,026||281.00|
* Option prices are retail for base model. Prices could be reduced or option could be had at no charge if it was included as standard equipment on the Rally Sport or Type LT model.
1977 Camaro Exterior & Interior Color Codes
|Trim Tag (Norwood Built Camaro)
Trim Tag (LA Built Camaro)
The trim tag, located on the cowl area identifies significant information about your car.
Click Here for general trim tag decoding information.
|Paint Code||Color||Qty||Interior Availability|
|16U||Medium Gray||—||Medium Gray Metallic – Z85 Upper color|
|18U||Black (low gloss)||—||Low Gloss Black – Z85 Upper color|
Z85 Rally Sport Upper Color Availability:
- 16U = Medium Gray Metallic
- 18U = Low-gloss Black
- 29U = Dark Blue
- 63U = Buckskin Metallic
1977 Vinyl Top (RPO CB7) Color Code (T)
- 11T = White
- 13T = Silver
- 19T = Black
- 22T = Light Blue
- 36T = Firethorn
- 44T = Medium Green
- 61T = Light Buckskin
Interior Trim Codes:
Interior Trim codes start getting more complex due to the fact that you could now get creative with the dash, rug and seat color combination. Due to this a trim code suffix (letter) was added to the code (number). The trim code suffix identifies seat material type & model usage.
There were 5 colors available:
- Black (19)
- White (various)
- Light Buckskin
- Light Blue (24)
- Dark Firethorn
Light blue was a Type LT color – only.
Trim Code Suffix:
- B = Sport Cloth (SC)
- C = Knit Cloth (LT)
- N = vinyl (LT)
- R = vinyl (SC)
Trim code NUMBER identified trim color (not just seats)
1977 Carpet Color
Cloth & vinyl Usage:
- N = Plisse vinyl (horizontal rib); Wallaby bolster
- R = Oxen vinyl; Oxen bolster
- B = Radcliffe. 722 WC, woven sport cloth; Radcliffe bolster
- C = Regis. 723 WC, knit cloth; Dover bolster
- “Big Four” = Instrument Panel, Carpet, Cowl Kick Panel & Rear Package Shelf.
- 11R/11N – White interior w/Black big four
- 02R/02N – White interior w/Dark Blue big four
- 03R/03N – White interior w/Dark Aqua big four
- 06R/06N – White interior w/Dark Saddle big four
- 07R/07N – White interior w/Dark Firethorn big four
- 62 – Light Buckskin interior w/Black big four
- 64 – Light Buckskin interior w/Dark Saddle big four
- 71 – Dark Firethorn interior w/Dark Firethorn big four
- 72 – Dark Firethorn interior w/Black big four
- B = Blue
- Bk = Black
- Bu = Buckskin
- Bubk = Buckskin seats with black dash & carpet
- F = Firethorn
- Fbk = Firethorn seats with black dash & carpet
- Wa = White seats with aqua dash & carpet
- Wb = White seats with blue dash & carpet
- Wbk = White seats with black dash & carpet
- Wf = White seats with firethorn dash & carpet
- Ws = White seats with saddle dash & carpet
1977 Z21 Style Trim:
Includes specific parking lamp bezels (std. w/ Type LT), Bright deluxe belt molding, roof drip molding, vertical lock pillar molding, hood and fender upper edge moldings, and color keyed insert on door handles.
1977 Z28 Special Performance Package
Note: depicted car has 1978 hood, wheels should be yellow, also has RPO Z21 and optional bumper guards
Hydraulic-cam 350 delivered 185 bhp and 280 ft./lb. torque. Cast-iron crank. 2-bolt mains. Cam timing: 280-degree intake, 288 exhaust, 58-degree overlap, 0.410-inch lift. Rochester 4-barrel carb. No mufflers but after the single catalytic converter the exhaust system split into two resonators and dual tail pipes. Click the above link titled “Z28 Specific Parts” to see the exhaust and other components that made the Z28 special.
Click here to see the specific LM-1 Engine Components.
View Z28 LM1 as installed
4-speed Borg-Warner T-10, aluminum case, Inland or Hurst shifter, 2.64:1 low (not available in California). Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 optional, mandatory in California. Higher shift-points w/automatic trans (1-2 shift – 4900 rpm, 2-3 shift – 4700 rpm).
Heavy Duty 11-inch diameter.
Ratios were 3.42 for Turbo Hydra-Matic and 3.73 for 4-speed; no options
11-inch, vented, cast-iron front discs with vacuum assist standard. Rear 9.5-inch drums. Identical to 1974 models.
Spring rates revised: 365 lb./in. instead of 300 previously. Stabilizer now 1.2 inch instead of 1.0.
Springs 127 lb./in. for 1977 instead of 89-99 lb./in. for 1974. Rear stabilizer 0.55 instead of previous 0.69 inch. Higher durometer shackle rubber bushings with revised rear shackles. Revalved shocks.
Power assist standard, ratio now straight 13.02:1 overall instead of 1974’s 14.3:1.
Wheels & Tires:
15 x 7 rims painted same color as body, Goodyear GR70-15 steel-belted radials standard.
Click here to see the specific 1977 Z28 Chassis Specifications.
Other Options, equipment, facts:
The 1977 Z28 was revealed to the public at Daytona speedway in February 1977. The revived Z-28 became a handling & appearance package for 1977 as opposed to a power package. Space-Saver spare standard. Specific decals on hood, front fenders, front and rear spoilers, wheel houses, rocker panels. and door-handle inserts. Bumpers were painted same color as body. Headlight & taillight bezels and window trim were black anodized, not chrome. Rear trunk panel, rocker panel and parking light recesses painted black. Front & Rear spoiler’s standard. Special instrumentation (U14).
Available in 7 colors, Codes: 11, 13, 19, 51, 69, 75 & 78.
Total Production: 14,349
Z28 Performance Test Data
Source: Car & Driver – 4/77. Test Vehicle: 1977 Z28, 4 speed 3.73:1, 3828 lbs.
Review: Car & Driver, 4/77 – What “Z28” Really Gets You, Besides Home Quicker
Standing 1/4 mile: 16.3 sec. @ 83.1 mph
Top Speed (@ redline) 105 mph
70 – 0 mph: 208 ft. (0.79G)
Fuel Mileage: 14.0/city – 17.0/hwy
Cruising Range: 180 – 240 miles
Interior sound level:
- 59 dBA @ idle
- 76 dBA @ 70 mph cruise
- 85 dBA @ full throttle
1977 Z54 Interior Decor/Quiet Sound:
Includes glove compartment light and additional instrument cluster lighting (tell-tale & clock openings illuminated); simulated leather applique on instrument cluster; bright horizontal bead separating upper & lower instrument panel; special engine compartment, hood and interior insulation (Standard with Type LT)
1977 Z85 Rally Sport Package:
Includes special contrasting (Gray, Blue, Buckskin or low-gloss black) paint treatment on hood, header panel, grill, headlamp bezels, top of fenders, front part of roof, upper portion of doors, rear end panel and license plate opening. Tri-color decal separates upper paint from lower body color. Tri-color rally sport decals on fenders and deck lid. Not available w/vinyl roof. Includes D35 dual sport mirrors. Bright edge headlamp bezels; argent peripheral bead around grill; black “Rally Sport” decals on fenders & deck lid; Rally Wheels (14×7″ argent) with base FR78-14 black wall tires.
Limited body colors (9 available) and interior trim, with tri-color striping being color-keyed to each combination. Available on Type LT model. Equipment is used in addition to or in place of standard equipment.
Companion Options Recommended (not required) with Z85:
D80 Front & Rear Spoilers (with Rally Sport” decal on rear spoiler), Z21 Style Trim Group, QDW or QBT FR78-14″ white stripe or white letter tires.
1977 Type LT – Standard Equipment includes: Dual sport mirrors (D35), Rally Wheels (ZJ7), Style Trim (Z21) & Interior Decor (Z54), Special instrumentation (U14), Dual Horns. Bright outline grill moldings with black accented sill panel under bright body molding. Brushed aluminum rear panel. Type LT emblems on sail panel and rear panel.
Upgraded interior components consist of: Special seats with Radcliffe woven sport cloth fabric replaced previous plaid cloth material. Door panels came in two styles with tack on arm rests combined with pull handles, plain panel faces for interiors with cloth seats, and pleated faces for interiors with vinyl seats. Tan simulated leather applique on instrument panel. Amberlite insulation blankets included in doors, rear quarters, roof/sail panels, behind rear seat, under package tray and under carpeting. Special Color-coordinated interior trim treatment.