After buying my first Corvette in 1983 (a 1980 red on red coupe), I was really excited about the 1984 model that was the rave of the day.
While nowadays C4 Corvettes don’t always get the respect they deserve, they were great cars for their time. I’ve still got a special magazine produced by Motor Trend that year about the ’84, and these experts really bragged about the new generation.
I went on to buy new 1986 and 1989 models that remain some of my favorite Corvettes ever. I still love the clamshell hood, the wide tires (they seemed gigantic back then), the beautiful design of the seats, and the tremendous torque and power (hey, I was coming from the 190 horsepower of the ’80 model so the 205 hp of the ’84 seemed very impressive).
What brings up the subject of C4s today is the appearance of what may be the lowest-mileage 1984 Corvette in existence, with just 865 miles showing on the odometer.
It’s currently up for sale on eBay, and nine bids have the car at $7,600 with the reserve price still not yet reached.
We’re inclined to believe this car is worth much more than that, though it’s the kind of car that will just wind up in a museum or in a private collection. You can’t afford to drive a car with this low mileage, or it just becomes another used ’84.
Unfortunately, the eBay listing doesn’t offer much information about the car, with the most impressive tidbit being that it’s a Z51. Like most of its brethren, it has an automatic transmission. And the photos do reveal that the black paint and the gray interior appear to be in very good shape.
We’ve never been a big fan of the ’84 wheels and we think the C4 continually improved from year to year through 1996, so we’ve never really wanted to buy an ’84. Still, we have much respect for the person who felt strongly enough about preserving an example of the first year of this generation that they basically wasted more than $30,000 on a car that they never got to use.
It’s basically like going back in time 32 years . if you put this car on a Chevy lot in 2016, you could almost pass it off as a new Corvette to someone who didn’t know the history of America’s Sports Car.
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