Enjoy this flashback to the revolutionary C4 and share your love!
Today’s ‘How Much Love’ episode is dedicated to the tried and true 4th generation of the beloved Corvette, which showcased both revolutionary design and engineering for the brand. If you want to reminisce and see some other cool retro videos, click here for the C5 and here for the C6 episode.
There are many high points for the C4, but the one that stands out for me was when the racing world realized they were too good, and subsequently kicked the Corvette out of the SCCA racing series for trouncing the Porsche 944s. The Corvette Challenge series that was birthed as a result was so compelling I did a story on it here.
In today’s retro video flashback, a much younger John Davis does a unique comparison between two 1985 models, one with the 4-speed automatic and base suspension versus one equipped with a “trick” 4-speed manual (with electronic overdrive) and Z51 suspension package. He goes on to comment on the buyer’s expectations if laying out over $25,000 for the upgraded Z51 edition, and at first that sounded pretty cheap. Then after a quick conversion to today’s money, it coincidentally comes to $69,500, about $10,000 cheaper than what a Z51 C8 will cost you now.
After having owned a handful of C4s, mostly to flip for profit when I owned my dealership, I can tell you they still hold a spot in my Corvette heart. From the torquey L98 to the rev-happy LT1 nestled under that beautiful clamshell hood, it’s hard to pick a favorite. And without having the privilege of driving an LT4 equipped 1996, I don’t think it would be fair to even try to pick one.
So enough with me, as I could go on and on about this iconic generation. What’s your favorite C4, and how many have you been blessed to drive and own? We often have vibrant discussions over on our Facebook page, I would love to see you there. Until then, enjoy today’s retro video brought to you by Motorweek. Douglas B.