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Blue 1990 Corvette C4 ZR-1
The 1973 Aerovette Prototype
David R. McLellan, Corvette Chief Engineer of the C4 Corvette.
Exposed View Of The Conceptual C4 Corvette.

Unbeknownst to consumers at the time, the C4 would not arrive in time to celebrate Corvette’s 30th anniversary. It was decided early on that the C4 would debut as an early 1984 model. While the C4 would technically be available late in 1983, all models would be identified as 1984 models. By failing to produce the Corvette in 1983, General Motors lost a great marketing opportunity to produce a special 30th anniversary edition.


Front View of the Conceptual C4 Chevrolet Corvette.Front View of the Conceptual C4 Chevrolet Corvette. (Image Courtesy of GM Media.)
Rear View of the Conceptual C4 Chevrolet Corvette.Rear View of the Conceptual C4 Chevrolet Corvette. (Image Courtesy of GM Media.)
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A single piece, removable roof panel was introduced for the first time on the C4 Corvette.
Interior of the 1984 C4 Corvette.Interior of the 1984 C4 Corvette.
Chevrolet Corvette C4 1984
Example of the "Unidirectional Wheel" Developed for the C4 Corvette.Example of the "Unidirectional Wheel" Developed for the C4 Corvette.
C4 Engine BayC4 Engine Bay
The Cross-Fire Injection emblem became a unique identifier of the 1984 C4 Corvette. Only two Corvettes used Cross-Fire Injection - the 1982 C3 and the 1984 C4 models.
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C4 Corvette Special Model Guides

The ultimate guide to each and every C4 Corvette era special edition and concepts.

Buying a C4 Corvette? Read This First!

The early C4’s had their problems, what with the 1984 Cross-Fire Injection and its unusual 4+3 manual transmission. By the late 1980’s, the fourth-generation Corvette had evolved into a more desirable automobile, thanks in part to the arrival of the ZR-1. Still, as with the older-generation Corvettes, the late model C4’s were largely out of reach financially for many of us. Fast-forward to the present and you’ll discover that this is no longer the case.

The C4 Corvette Newsfeed

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C4 Corvette Production Summary

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. In all, the C4 Corvette started selling strongly but over time it petered out. A total of 358,180 C4 Corvettes were produced between 1984 and 1996.

C4 Corvette Technical Research

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