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Which Corvette Would You Pick? C4 vs. C5 vs. C6

Are you dreaming of owning a classic American sports car? Look no further than the Chevrolet Corvette! But with three iconic generations—C4 (1984-1996), C5 (1997-2004), and C6 (2005-2013)—to choose from, picking the right one can be tricky.

The C4, debuting in 1984, featured a backbone chassis that was compromised from the start. Initially designed with removable T-tops, a last-minute executive decision changed it to a fully removable targa top, reducing structural integrity. Although reasonably stiff for its day, by 1996, the C4 needed more backbone.

The C5, introduced in 1997, boasted a radically different platform with much stronger single-unit side rails thanks to advanced hydroforming. It offered more interior room and perfect 50/50 weight distribution by relocating the transmission to the back. This resulted in a structure 4.5 times stiffer than the C4—a record jump in automotive history.

The C6 which came out in 2005, was more of an evolution than a revolution from the C5, with around 30% of parts carrying over. It’s the most powerful and luxurious of the three, featuring advanced technology, better aerodynamics, and the quietest ride.

This video from Retro Cars Forever on YouTube breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of each generation to help you find your perfect match.