Everything You Want to Know About the 1984 Corvette, All in One Place.
The early eighties was a period of technological firsts. Apple Computers introduced the Macintosh computer. NASA introduced Columbia, the first of a fleet of reusable launch vehicles which would come to be known as the “Space Shuttle”. The first laptop computer is marketed by the Tandy Corporation. In short, Americans were moving into a world that was growing increasingly interlaced with technology. They were clamoring for it – in their offices, in their homes, and in their automobiles. General Motors was prepared to answer the technology boom with the introduction of a brand new Corvette.
The 1984 Corvette was unveiled to the public in March 1983. Although there had been rumors and silent rumblings of a new Corvette for several years prior to its unveiling, the arrival of the C4 Corvette was met with overwhelming enthusiasm from both the press and the public. Although the car was a departure from its predecessor in both styling and form, it was still unmistakably a Corvette – although it was definitely a more technologically advanced Corvette than any that had come before it.
Because of its late release (generally, new model year cars are introduced late in the previous year) and the fact that it met all of the 1984 Federal emission requirements, it was decided by Chevrolet’s General Manager, Robert Stempel that the C4 Corvette would bypass the 1983 model year and officially begin production as a 1984 model. Despite much conjecture to the contrary, it is true that General Motors actually began producing the C4 Corvette in 1983. It is rumored that as many as forty-three were built and given unique serial numbers (they would later be re-tagged with new serial numbers that identified the same cars as 1984 model year Corvettes), but were never released for sale in 1983.