The C4 generation Corvette cars should have begun selling in 1983, but they didn’t. Development and quality control issues prevented the introduction of the C4 Corvette until March of 1983, 6 months beyond the typical September new model introduction. In short, no 1983 Corvettes were ever offered to the public; the C4 was introduced as a 1984 model. As GM was still struggling with ever-increasing emissions regulations, the focus for early C4 Corvettes was on handling and chassis dynamics.
While the C4 was known as a good handling car it wasn’t until the additional of a lot more power in 1992 with the second-generation LT1 (300HP) that the Corvette became embedded in American sports car history. Notable C4 Corvettes are the early models with the unique Doug Nash “4+3” overdrive manual transmissions, the 1988 35th Anniversary model (pictured), the incredible and highly anticipated ZR-1 supercars of 1990-95, and the Grand Sport and Collector Edition models from 1996, which sported a one-year only 330HP LT4. Production volumes were huge in 1984 due to the essentially 1.5yrs of selling the 1984 model and steadily declined every year from that point onward until 1997 when the new generation was released.