Building the Last Fourth-Generation (C4) Corvette


The Corvette Manufacturing Plant  celebrates the completion of the Last C4 Corvette as it rolls off the assembly line on June 20, 1996.

Introduced in 1984, the fourth-generation (C4) Corvette was the first model to be completely redesigned since the C2 was introduced in 1963.  Production of the C4 was originally slated for 1983, but quality issues and significant re-tooling of the Corvette production plant limited production of the 1983 Corvette to just 43 prototypes – forty-two of which were later destroyed.  The single remaining 1983 Corvette resides at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The Last C4 rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 20, 1996,

Production of the fourth-generation Corvette officially started on January 3, 1983 for the 1984 model year.  Delivery of the C4 Corvettes to customers began in March, 1983.  For the next twelve years (1984-1996), Corvette would manufacture 358,180 units, and would include a number of special edition cars including an Indy 500 Pace Car Edition in 1986, the 35th Anniversary Edition in 1988,  the ZR-1 model from 1990-1995, a 40th Anniversary Edition in 1993 and a Grand Sport Corvette in 1996.

As each model year improved upon the last, the fourth-generation Corvette probably saw the most significant transformation and evolution of any generation of Corvette – either before or since. The C4, which started its life in 1984 as a well-designed, though significantly under-powered 205 horsepower sports car, was recognized mostly for its handling.   However,  by the time it ended its run in 1996, it was recognized as a high-performance sports car that could produce as much as 330 horsepower (when equipped with the LT4 engine and a manual transmission) and could hold its own against some of the best sports car competitors around the world.

Just like the other generations of Corvette that preceded it, the engineering, design and manufacturing teams that worked on the fourth-generation Corvette built the car with a passion that showed in each of the cars they produced.  This video celebrates the “end of the era” and showcases the assembly of the final 1996 Corvette as it made its way through the Corvette Manufacturing Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The final car rolled off the assembly line on June 20, 1996, and was celebrated by all involved in its creation as “the last of a legend.”  Even after 21 years since the last car was built, the C4 is still one of the most readily available – and affordable – Corvettes in the market today.

 

Suggested Posts

  BRASELTON — The Petit Le Mans returns to Road Atlanta this weekend. The races begin on Thursday with the Prototype Lites series at 1:20 p.m. and conclude with Saturday’s 10-hour endurance Pert Le Mans. Thursday also features the first of two 45-minute Mazda MX-5 Cup races to determine the series champion, as well as …

0 19k
1957 Corvette

1957 C1 CorvetteContents1957 C1 Corvette1957 Corvette Overview1957 Corvette Gallery1957 Corvette Specifications1957 C1 Corvette Main Specs1957 Corvette Price & Options1957 Corvette Engine & Transmission1957 C1 Corvette Exterior/Interior Colors1957 Corvette Car Dimensions1957 Corvette Wheels, Tires & Suspension1957 Corvette Performance1957 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)1957 Corvette Factory Options1957 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure 1957 Corvette Overview In the period of just two short …

0 19.7k
1958 Corvette

1958 C1 CorvetteContents1958 C1 Corvette1958 C1 Corvette Overview1958 Corvette Image Gallery1958 Corvette – Specifications1958 Corvette Main Specs1958 Corvette Price & Options1958 Corvette Exterior/Interior Color1958 Corvette Powertrain Specifications1958 Corvette Car Dimensions1958 Corvette Brakes, Wheels, Steering & Suspension1958 Corvette Performance1958 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)1958 Corvette Factory Options1958 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure 1958 C1 Corvette Overview By the late 1950’s, the …

0 19.9k

  Since 1999, the factory-backed Corvette Racing program has been fielding Pratt & Miller built Corvettes at both the IMSA and FIA competition series.  This has continued to hold since the introduction of the latest generation of Corvette racecar – the C7.R.  Despite their dominant presence on the field however, no non-factory backed Corvette teams have been able to get their hands …

0 19k
1984 Corvette

The 1984 Corvette DIY Guide – Heating & Cooling See full 1984 Corvette Overview and Image Gallery HEATING & COOLING NOTICE: While Corvsport.com has made every effort to ensure that the instruction provided on this site is both complete and accurate, it is presented here for REFERENCE ONLY.  All vehicle maintenance and repairs should only be …

0 19.2k
1984 Corvette

The 1984 Corvette DIY Guide – Braking See full 1984 Corvette Overview and Image Gallery BRAKES NOTICE: While Corvsport.com has made every effort to ensure that the instruction provided on this site is both complete and accurate, it is presented here for REFERENCE ONLY.  All vehicle maintenance and repairs should only be performed by a qualified …

0 19.3k