Thought I would add my two cents to this discussion I have owned my 1993 LT1 since the day it was born special ordered it with the white leather sport seat along with the white exterior, this was actually only a one year option on the coupe for that interior. It's six speed and chrome five spokes any way since I have owed it so long have had plenty to toy with it , polishing this and that, recently I considered selling it due to the like new condition I was offered a very good price considering the C-4 market. They it occurred to me what could I possibly replace it with that is as much fun to drive, turns heads due to the fantastic condition and is getting more exclusive every year since so few of our C-4's are being preserved. Bottom line I love this car and don't see anything out there which could bring me more joy. If it isn't broke don't fix it have fun and appreciate being different. PS perhaps if I was more computer literate I might be able to figure out how to post a picture. Is there a tutorial somewhere on the site?
Along w/Old Vet, I also have to add my 2 cents. I have a '95 LT1 and have only owned it for about 3 years now. When I purchased this C4 it was from the second owner; both he and the original owner took terrific care of the car. It's whats called a "triple-black". I paid $12k for the car and since owning it, I told the local dealership that specializes in Corvettes to, "Fix everything, I want to feel comfortable driving it to California if I choose!"
Well, as it turns out, nothing was really wrong with the car, but the electronic dash was fading, a bulb was burned out on the radio - that kind of stuff, but it can add up quickly on a 20-year-old car. I had no problem handing out another $10k to have everything fixed.
Am I crazy - maybe, but I absolutely love the car. Is it worth $20k on the open market? No, but so what. I don't particularly care for the newer Vettes, the look angry to me! More like fighter planes than sports cars. I prefer more sensuous lines, ones that mimic a woman lying on her side :)
I intend to keep this car for as long as I can keep it running!!!
Oh l really like this post. I had the opportunity to rescue a 91 Vette that needed lots of small repairs that stopped it from running properly. It took lots of cleaning and electrical work to bring it back to where it could be driven. I bought the car planning to rebuild the engine because it ran so poorly. After doing a complete inspection of the engine, to my surprise that all the cylinders balanced out the same. Replaced other items, water pump, fuel pump, radiator etc. typical hi milage replacements. I got the "Worthless C4" for a song and a dance, as the old folks would say. The previous owner got tired of fooling around with it. My Vette is not a new Vette, it doesn't have the best paint job, the milage is a bit on the high side and still needs a little more work, but boy do I love this Vette. While driving, I get nods from other drivers and waves from other Vette owners, we all do its part of the sport car family courtesy after all. So who wouldn't want to rescue a 1991 all black inside and out 6 speed unmolested for the most part Corvette. A true America sports car. (remember the 64 Ford Mustang and VW Beetle, they came back strong).
Vette(s): 1994 convertible, Polo Green 2 1G1YY32P9R5114269 ----------
2006 Monterey Red Vert
91andholding said: Oh l really like this post. I had the opportunity to rescue a 91 Vette that needed lots of small repairs that stopped it from running properly. It took lots of cleaning and electrical work to bring it back to where it could be driven. I bought the car planning to rebuild the engine because it ran so poorly. After doing a complete inspection of the engine, to my surprise that all the cylinders balanced out the same. Replaced other items, water pump, fuel pump, radiator etc. typical hi milage replacements. I got the "Worthless C4" for a song and a dance, as the old folks would say. The previous owner got tired of fooling around with it. My Vette is not a new Vette, it doesn't have the best paint job, the milage is a bit on the high side and still needs a little more work, but boy do I love this Vette. While driving, I get nods from other drivers and waves from other Vette owners, we all do its part of the sport car family courtesy after all. So who wouldn't want to rescue a 1991 all black inside and out 6 speed unmolested for the most part Corvette. A true America sports car. (remember the 64 Ford Mustang and VW Beetle, they came back strong).
Well said 91ah -- eventually C4's will get the respect they so richly deserve.
I'm glad I've got one and by the looks and comments I get in my travels, everyone I've met loves them too.
Kudos for bringing your '91 back to life -- hoping you get many more miles out of her. Keep us apprised and post some pictures -- I'm sure everyone would love to see it.
Vette(s): 1988 Corvette Hatchback. Interior and exterior Black. Automatic.
I'm with you C4 guys. This model is way underrated. I have a '88 Targa I bought about a year and a half ago. Never owned a 'Vette before, but always loved the body style of the C4. Looked around for about 6 months at about 20 different C4's. MAN! There is a lot of junk out there! Finally found this one. Had 97,000 on it. Was bought and owned by original owner for 25 years. Second owner had it a couple of years when I bought it. Get great compliments on it from everyone that sees it. I think a lot of guys pass on these because of the cut in horsepower, mine is rated at 245, but I'll tell you this baby still sets you back in your seat! Really love the handling. Can take curves 20 to 30 MPH over posted limit and it sticks to the road like glue! I don't care what the monetary value is on this smooth piece of beauty is, I'll never get rid of "Macho" for any price. Guess it take a real 'Vette purist to really appreciate the C4. Hang in there guys, and gals, our day is coming!
Here in the UK, the C4 is hot property as the C5+ are still way too expensive and complex. An L98 C4 is recognised as a really fast, reliable, high torque sports car that doesn't rust in our wet climate that will only appreciate and in fact good ones are starting to climb in value to the $15k mark.
Ask any UK classic car dealer and you'll find that 80's and 90's cars are where its at right now and fetching good money for minters as they can easily be maintained, yet still reliable for the commute so they provide enjoyment and memories that megabuck garage queens don't..
At 73 I purchased a 1988 C4 Red convertible with 68000 I paid way too much at 10200. Since my purchase in October 2016 I put another 2000 into it, tires,steering rack, starter,neutral switch, radio system. In my younger days I owned several 60's cars that I wish I kept, but I wanted a Corvette and I now have one. When my wife and I take it out and put the top down and the Cd is playing 60's songs it puts a smile on our faces and when I accelerate through a curve it puts more of a smile. As far as value I did not buy it for that I wanted it because I always wanted a Corvette and could not afford one. I think that 12200 is a very economical way to enter the classic corvette market. Take care!!!!
One of the things I really like about the C4 Corvette, is that they are very unassuming. What I mean by that is, they are not a flashy, in your face, hi-performance sport car. However, I think they are really a wolf in sheep's clothing. I drove my Vette to work a few years ago to show the guys at the shop my new project. One of the guys has an early 60s Falcon with a Boss 302 engine, another building a 57 Chevy and a friend working on several Fox body Mustangs. I was amazed that they were amazed to see the aluminum alloy suspension, tilt front hood, large brake rotors and to see all engine components from the fire wall to the radiator. Well heck, I starting feeling really proud of my latest project. One guy even mentioned about how wide the front and rear tires were and asked if they were after market. I was showing them, if you remove the inner fender splash panels, you can work on the engine or spark plugs right down to the frame pretty much unobstructed. I remember years ago during the muscle cars era in the 60s and 70s, a car or hot rod with a one piece tilt front end was a serious tricked out item. It goes to show you how people just don't give the C4 Vette a second close look at the really nice features these cars offer. Very unassuming.
I too bought an '88 in 2006. I now have 250k miles on it. Since I bought her, I had the Florida sunburned stock "burple" painted a metal flake robin egg blue. Remanned the engine and while out of the hole, renewed everything forward of the firewall; ball joints, rack-pinion, master cylinder and lines, all pumps, put a three row Champion radiator with new a/c condenser, "9" new injectors and 50,000 volt coil. Even new head lamp motors. 4" Magnaflow with big cat-back. Since I've owned her, I have personally rebuilt the digital dash couple times. A daily driver, the car turns heads at local shows. Disrespected and under appreciated, I love my C4. It's a blast to tool around town in and get me on the Florida Turnpike? Whoo Hoo!! Treat them right boys and girls and it will bring you home every time. This car will be my sarcophagus.
I have had my '94 C4 for a little over 6 years and she not has 186K on her. The only people you have ever said anything in anyway of a negative comment about my C4 are other C4 owner that are proud of the fact that they only have 15k - 27K on their C4s. I have been told that is to bad that I have so may miles on my girl, my response is usually "We all see different thing of value in our Corvette" inside I'm thing Gee what a twit, get you C4 out and enjoy the drive. The have their trophies from sitting around a parking lot at a Car Show, I've got the memories and pictures on my girl at the NCM, Track at NCM & Daytona & Sebring, Tail of the Dragon, Etc. I would not trade the enjoyment of cursing down A1A with the top off Head to Key West for all the trophies out there.
If you go to the NCM and look at all the record holding Corvettes that are there you will notice and a lot of them (if not most) are C4s, so learn the history of the C4 Corvette and next time someone says something negative, smile and politely educate them as to the importance of the C4 and it's place in Corvette history.
The other thing I would say if we as a group want to increase the value of the C4s then we need to get them out at the shows and talk about what great cars they are. Don't feel like people are looking down at you, anyone can buy a new C7 and drive it, it takes real talent and dedication the keep the great old girls tearing up the road.
I just want to say thank you to you americans for "giving away" your C4 Corvettes! Found this one last december ( 2016) on the Internet. For sale by a dealer. Was looking for a low mileage coupe with the cool manual gear with overdrive. Looked up the dealer`s website and to my surprise these guys were selling expensive Porsches, Aston Martins, Mercedes sportcars and so on....and this cheap Vette below 10k. Found it to be really strange! I called them and tried to ask some questions in Norwegian English, but the seller did not say much. Just that everything worked and that the car was really nice. "And it is 30 years old"- then he laughed.
I asked them to take some pictures of the underside at different places and so they did and mailed them to me. Then I realized that the 33k miles simply must be true. The Carfax report I ordered told me the same. I decided to take the chance and transfer my savings to them. This is not the first time I do this, but have not lost any money, perhaps due to pure luck. I can`t imagine that I`m going to risk this again with another car.
The Vette arrived in february ( 2017)and was so dirty after the long transport that it was hard to see what it was made of. I noticed the nice interior and the rest looked good under all the dirt. Had to drive it a few metres to the garage and I did noticed that the steering was so quick...is it a Z51 performance package option? I just had to find out ,but could not find the codes anywhere where they should have been. Contacted the Corvette Museum and they sent me a complete build sheet. It had the Z51 option and many other cool things too! I felt I won the lottery and maybe I did because I found out that only little above 1500 Vettes had been delivered whith this opion in 87. How may of these are still alive and in good condition? Then I also understood why the rims are painted black in center. Those are 9,5 inch wide Z51 wheels :-) When the dirt was removed it turned out to have the original paint in very very nice condition. Some people don`t believe me when I tell them so I have to show them close up and explain.
The Corvette drives like a sports car should and it is great fun to drive. I`m old school.( 63 ).. I have owned many american cars during the years and these are now worth twice or more the value of this Corvette. I just just can`t understand todays value of a 65 Mustang as an example...they are nice cars but still... I like my 87 Vette with flip front much better...far better!
Hope you understood Norwegian English :-)
After looking it over, changing oil and many other things my wife and me took it for a journey to the vestern part of Norway this summer. ( Where the fjords are ) Around 430 miles without any problems at all. A blast to drive and very reliable. No problem to get the luggage stored in this hatchback either. Promised to my wife at the beginning of this project that I would buy a low mileage American car this time and take it for a longer trip next summer and I managed to keep my promise :-) ( Imported a c3 Corvette in 2004 but that car needed tons of work and we never tok it for a longer trip.)
Vette(s): 1986 C4 Corvette Coupe, Medium Blue Metallic
Well done Guys & Gals, here in Australia the prices are low also, so what I like mine more every year. I have had it for approx. 15 years & will have a lot longer also. I agree with previous comments, it is a classic shape which I think the C7 has lost.
Vette(s): 1986 Coupe
Red, saddle leather interior
Cast iron heads
There have been many posts on this topic. Other forums have discussed it extensively. I don't care what the value "experts" say about the C4, I believe it is undervalued. Of course, some of these C4s have been "driven hard and put away wet", but for those on this forum, I believe we have some well maintained Corvettes.
I recently detailed my '86 Coupe, took the top off and did some driving. I received many complements from people who couldn't believe it was 30+ years old.
My suggestion: Ignore those who think C4s (especially the early ones) are not worth anything.
Enjoy the ride and relish the pleasure of owning a great sports car.
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