Vette(s): Purchased a 1986 Convert August 2013, Bright Red color with a black top, it'd already received a Tremec 5 speed upgrade along with a disc upgrade prior to purchase.
I bought my 86 convertible a year ago, not as an investment. Rather as something I've wanted for almost 60 years. Obviously my 1st pick would have been a 63 SWC as I had a coworker that had one back in the late 60's, loved riding in that one. I got mine for a price I could live with and plan to enjoy it as long as I can.
It's a car, a fun one but still a car. Enjoy it and don't worry about the value on it, just use it as it was designed - to drive.
Enjoy the ride. I also did not buy mine as an investment, I bought it as something to enjoy. I only drive it in the summer to car shows. But that's what I like to do. Others drive them more intensely, that's ok too. You won it, you can do whatever you like. As far as investments, I bought mine 20 years ago, it's probably worth about what I paid for it then. But, I will never sell it. It's part of the family now!
1986 "Bright Red" COUPE - Aluminum Heads, Sport Seats, Bose, Ultra-Flo Exhaust, Automatic, Bilsteins - "Mostly Original" otherwise.
I get parts from the Corvette Shop in Tampa (www.corvetteshoptampa.com)for my C4. They have been a lot of help and are really good to work with. As to the value of the C4 going up or down it really doesn't matter to me, I like my car and enjoy driving it. The C4 will be the next American Hot Rod, it is a high preformance car that you can afford to buy and work on. Bottom line is the C4 is just fun to drive!
Wow! Is this thread wide, or are my eyes crossed? It is my desire to own a 93'. I have one in mind, LT-1 auto, triple black, vert,low miles, but at the moment his son thinks I should look for another one. I'm patient, and he is willing to part with it, but not just yet. My "ULTIMATE" desire would have been to go to Minnesotta with "NORSKY" and bring his home, BUT, I think Mike Yeagers son knows that is a coveted unbeatable race car!
I think the time might be coming for the '80's & '90s cars, kids who grew up with them will want them when they're older & can afford them. Even if they don't become 'collector cars', they're a lot of fun!
jan.2015 a '96 grand sport sold at Kissimmee mecum auction for $70k. That's something. While most clean c4's go on auction in the Teens, ZR1 go up to the mid thirties. It's the only clam shell hood corvette. It will rise at some point. If you join NCRS and top flight your car it will bring more $'s. I have a 96 CE LT4 with 12,000 miles . This July it is going to the ncrs nationals in Denver for the very coverted David Hill Award only 24 corvettes ever received this. Then it will be retired. 2 Top Flights, 1PV, and the Hill award. This car has been well documented. That's howC4'4 will bring good money to a collector. That being said, it's way more about how it makes you feel when you drive it. They are the best value in a sports car money can buy and won't brake the bank to keep them. For all you people who want to get involved with your car join NCRS and go to a Chapter event in your area. If you want to learn your car join and meet great people, and see some of the best in the world!!!!
I am kinda new here. last fall I bought a 1984 bright red vette. In really good shape, not a show car but it was was very well taken care of with only a few minor cosmetic things to replace, weatherstripping and the like. the car has 90K one owner miles and was sold by his estate. They couldn't get $6000 for it, after a few months I heard about it and got it for $5500.00. Cleaned it up fixed the minor stuff and last night at a gas station where they have a hot rod show each week, one of the guys that had a very nice street rod walks over and says "what year?" I tell him 84, he says give you 11k a $250 deposit tonight and pick it up tomorrow. My wife very politely but sternly says no thank you.
So I guess they are worth something to somebody.
Personally I really like the car, because its my first one, sounds bad ass and its a really cool looking car; it still turns heads when we drive by.
I just sold my 1986 Malcolm Konner corvette for 25k on ebay first time around.I was told by an expert that knew Zora Duntov and a bunch of GM people it wasn't worth over 15K although it is a very rare one of 50 every produced and the only commemorative dealer car produced with 17k original miles and very clean.You cant go by anyones expert opinion,the market accepts and rejects on a dime.
Ijust got a '96 LT4, traded off my 1980 4speed manual for it. They were in comparable condition and mileage, the 96 id about a gazillion times more fun to drive has lots more power and gets better fuel mileage all at the same time. ya cant put a price tag on "Fun to drive"
ASE Master Certified, L1 Certified, Owner/Tech
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If you're never out of control you're not driving fast enough
I bought mine because I love Corvettes, not as an investment. I looked until I found one with all the options I wanted (Z51, 6spd, big brakes, etc) and don't regret it for a minute. Great gas mileage, great looks and a blast to drive. Joined an active Corvette club and we have fun and meet great people.
Vette(s): Near Mint 86' with 78K. Flame Red with Black Leather. Zoom, Zoom!!
Damn your Mustang is fast.....
You was really hauling ass when I passed you...
Proud owner of a near mint 86'.
Here is my example of the "Corvette Mystique" and why cost doesn't count.
Not long after buying it a man approached me at a convenience store to admire my ride. We both agreed on the car being our High School Dream Car. He thanked me for the chat and then got into his new Audi A8. I was floored. I get an amazing amount of looks in this car. And this guy genuinely admired my $4500 investment. However, no one seemed to blink an eye towards the over $100K luxury vehicle he has.,,,,,
Vette(s): 1995 Std Coupe
Dark Purple Metallic
Just under 23K miles (7.7.13)
Soo, an idiot that has no C4 parts on hand considers himself an "expert" on things Corvette - only hope the worst for a man who owns a business and is that stupid.
There is no such thing as a Corvette that isn't worth anything, some, of course are worth more dollars than others, but at the end of the day the true worth of any Corvette is what the car means to the owner.
As an 11 year-old kid, I saw my first Corvette in 1953 and knew that someday I would need to have a car like that; well, life happens, and after mortgages, kids and college for kids (and 58 years later) I have a Purple 1995 coupe, that to me is just priceless. I would like someday to own a C6, but won't even consider that unless my financial condition will allow me to keep the C4 as well.
Every ride brings many "thumbs-up", lots of conversations when stopping for food or fuel.
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