Nine Months Gone: 1977 Chevrolet Concours Sedan – Sold!

Apr 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

April 13th, 2020 Update:  while we were surprised to see a new listing for this 1997 Nova Concours we first featured last July 15th when the seller originally wanted $6,000 and then subsequently lowered his asking price $1,100 to $4,900.  Fast forward nine months later and the same owner is now asking a much more realistic $3,900.  An updated review of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the latest asking price falls above the middle of the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,622, $3,437, and $6,682, respectively.

We discovered this green over tan vinyl 1977 Chevrolet Concours Four-Door Sedan recently listed on Craigslist in Akron, NY where the seller is currently asking $4,900. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range as $1,525, $3,175, and $6,175, respectively.  It’s interesting to note that in the body of his post the seller forgot to change the “$6,000 OBO” to match the revised title, so it appears he’s already lowered his asking price by $1,100.

By the mid-seventies, domestic car manufacturers realized consumers were having an increasing interest in compact luxury cars.  Ford led this trend with its new Granada for model 1975 and its popularity forced Chevrolet to rebrand its Nova LN (for “Luxury Nova”) the Chevrolet Concours for 1977.  This upscale version of the Nova was simply a trim package featuring Rosewood vinyl decorating the upper door panels, instrument panel, and steering wheel. Other Concours-specific bits included an upright hood ornament, bumper guards, bright trim moldings, black bumper impact strips, and full wheel covers.  Carry-over luxury equipment from the LN included ad­ditional sound insulation, map pockets, an electric clock, and a day/night mirror.

Here’s a commercial proving how Chevrolet’s Marketing Department tried to pawn the Nova off as something it really wasn’t:

The seller states that his Concours is “a nice solid car that’s really a nice driver.”  The tan vinyl interior appears to be in excellent condition the seller reports is “the softest vinyl I’ve ever sat on.” In addition to replacing the vinyl top and completing a full tune-up last year, the seller also reports he replaced the master cylinder and carburetor along with all four shocks.  While this example only has the base 250 cubic inch inline six-cylinder connected to a three-speed automatic transmission, this Concours has factory air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, and front disc brakes.  The seller also states that his Nova Concours is rustproofed so while it appears to be an extremely solid example we do notice some surface rust long the shut lines of the trunk that will likely clean up with a good detailing.

This Concours is a great Malaise-era example that can get you admission to any local car show.  While not as fast or flashy, this Concours Nova is likely to be more of a standout from the usual Nova SS as not many people remember this upscale model of the Nova.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This is a nice solid car. Green metallic w/ new black vinyl top, tan interior (the softest vinyl I’ve ever sat on, at first I thought it was leather.) 96,932 miles. 6 cylinder, 3 speed automatic with A/C, power steering, power brakes, disc front. Rustproofed. Parts replaced last year: front and rear shocks, master cylinder, starter, cap and rotor, ignition module, spark plugs and wires, carburetor and battery. $3900 obo. Text only 7one6-four45-4nineseven9. Sorry, I don’t answer calls from numbers I don’t know, tired of the scam calls.

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