Corvettes on Craigslist: Rare Copper Metallic 1994 Corvette Coupe

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Corvettes on Craigslist: Rare Copper Metallic 1994 Corvette Coupe


Here’s your chance to buy a very rare C4 Corvette.

Back in 1994, Chevrolet built 17,989 coupes, but only 91 of them were Copper Metallic, including this one that’s up for sale on craigslist for $12,600.

We like what the owner of this Copper Metallic coupe says at the end of his listing – “CASH MONEY OF $12600 WILL BUY THIS BEAUTY TODAY, NOT A ‘COPPER’ PENNY LESS.”

Nothing like being honest – and humorous – at the same time.

Corvettes on Craigslist: Rare Copper Metallic 1994 Corvette Coupe


When these cars were built in Bowling Green over a three-day period, it didn’t take Chevy long to realize that it was going to be hard (impossible?) to get all the body panels to match consistently in this unusual color, so after making just 91 coupes, 24 convertibles, and one ZR1, they quickly threw in the towel.

Making this particular example even rarer is the fact that only about one in four Corvettes that year had a six-speed transmission the way it does.

The seller describes his car as a “very clean example” and says the pictures tell the story of its condition. He also notes that it has covered just 78,000 miles since new – less than 3,500 a year.

From the photos, it’s not possible to tell how the color of the body panels match up. Some observers on the forums note that the match is better on some cars than others, so this one would probably require a visual inspection in person to make sure.

Corvettes on Craigslist: Rare Copper Metallic 1994 Corvette Coupe


Apparently a serious Corvette enthusiast, the seller says he’s owned around 35 Corvettes over the past 46 years so it’s “not my first rodeo,” he quips.

Now he’d like someone else to get some enjoyment out of this one.

“I just don’t use it enough so thought I would see if there was any interest out there,” he says.

We’ve always wondered had Chevy been able to get the technical issues taken care of regarding this color, would Copper Metallic have been popular?

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Source:
maine.craigslist.com

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Great article, but the owner of this very rare Corvette has repeated some long-standing misinformation about these Copper cars. I know these cars well: I have all 116 VIN build records and talk about them in my book, All 1993-1996 Corvette Colors.

    The good news is that there were only four 1994 Copper coupes built with a Gray interior. Rare. Even better, of those four cars, only two had the manual transmission. (His car is either VIN sequence 151 or 254.) Very rare. This gentleman should be proud of his Corvette!

    However, there was not a single 1994 ZR-1 Corvette built in Copper. The actual 1994 Copper model breakdown is 90 coupes and 26 convertibles. Other outdated sources indicate other incorrect totals, but, again, I have all 116 VIN build records and I am confident in my figures. (The Copper ZR-1 myth derives from the two Copper/Dark Orange 1989 prototype ZR-1 pilot cars, with 1988 VIN sequences 041 and 049. Photos exist of the Copper/Dark Orange ZR-1 being tested at Talladega Speedway.)

    Of the 90 coupes, there were 14 with manual trans. Of the 26 convertibles, there were 6 with manual trans. Not counting the first six pilot/test cars, 1994 Copper cars were built on seven different days, not three as often stated, beginning August 3, 1993. The last 1994 Copper Corvette, VIN 2036, was built September 13, 1993.

    This gentleman truly does have a rare 1994 Copper coupe!

    Robert Casey

  2. How did you come up with the first build date? Can you give me the vin # of that car? Did all the convertibles have the tan top?

  3. Hi Bruce,

    The first six 1994 Copper Corvettes were considered engineering vehicles. The very first of those six was built on May 7, 1993. That car was 1994 Corvette VIN 00005, a coupe.

    VIN records indicate that the first non-test Copper car was built on August 3, 1993, as stated above. The VIN sequence of that car ends in 00147.

    Convertibles were built with the three available top colors:
    17 Beige
    7 Black
    2 White

    Only one Beige-topped car was combined with a Black interior (and had a manual transmission), all other Beige-topped cars were combined with the Light Beige interiors (13 automatics and 3 manuals).

    Hope this helps!

    Best,

    Robert

  4. The top Copper Corvette on this page is improperly captioned and whomever wrote this article (Mitch Talley) should check his facts. This is MY CAR in front of MY HOUSE in Miami, FL. I have owned this car for 8 years and it currently has 9000 miles on it. It was purchased from Roger’s Corvettes for $26,000 and cannot be distinguished from a new car. It IS NOT for sale, and IF it was, I would not consider offers under $25,000. It is one of only 8 known to have black interior and the paint is near perfect. The reason the color is so rare is because GM could not get the paint to lay out smooth and most all cars looked blotchy. After several months and several mixtures, they finally abandoned the color.

  5. Hi Steven,

    Production records indicate 90 units of 1994 Copper Metallic Corvette coupes.

    Production records also indicate that there were 29 units of 1994 Copper Metallic Corvette coupes with Black interiors: 23 with automatic transmission, 6 with manual transmission.

    Taken from the book, All 1993-1996 Corvette Colors, available on Amazon.

    Hope this helps.

    Robert Casey

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