50 Years of the Chevrolet Corvette
The 1976 Corvette included steel panels covering the catalytic converter. Chevrolet removed the cowl cap replacing it with an air cleaner duct over the radiator. They also introduced two bumper/fascia assemblies for the rear. Additionally, all the engine options performed slightly better than the preceding year. The most significant change was the re-introduction of aluminum wheels last seen in 1973. Despite an economic recession, a raised price, and no convertible edition, the 1976 Corvette set new sale records.