Everything You Want to Know About the 1985 Corvette, All in One Place.
While there were few who questioned the technological superiority of the 1984 C4 over earlier generations of Corvette, it’s lack of robust horsepower and outright performance left many questioning this new version of America’s most beloved sports car. Chevrolet listened to the criticisms and quickly began to revamp the Corvette platform to become a more competitive contender.
After all, the U.S. economy was beginning to rebound from the recession that had plagued the United States (and indeed, the entire world) in the early eighties. The cost of fuel dropped as the world economy saw an oil glut – the direct result of global conservation after the 1970’s energy crisis. This new oil surplus (and corresponding drop in fuel prices) quickly brought potential consumers who were once more looking for big, powerful, performance cars.
In addition, Ronald Reagan and his administration had convinced Japanese automakers to voluntarily limit their car exports to the United States via the Voluntary Restraint Agreement (VRA), which had the intended result of encouraging American consumers to purchase American-made automobiles.
When the C4 Corvette returned for a second year in 1985, it did so with some much needed improvements.