If you’ve been around the Corvette hobby for a long time, like some of us old-timers, you will remember the excitement surrounding the all-new 1984 Corvette.
In fact, once the initial hoopla died down and the prices likewise came back down to earth, this writer bought a 1986 C4 Corvette brand new for only $500 over invoice from one of the leading salesmen of the time – a super nice fellow named Larry Merritt at Tom Jumper Chevrolet in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
That’s been a long time ago now, and the excitement over the C4 Corvette has diminished.
Still, we couldn’t help but enjoy seeing a barn find 1984 Corvette pop up on craigslist in the San Francisco Bay area – for just $1,500!
Admittedly the car needs a lot of work – having last been registered 17 years ago and still sporting its California license plates from that era.
As you might expect, the seats are ripped, there’s no wrap on the steering wheel, and the door panels are grimy. The exterior of the car needs paint, but the body panels appear to be in decent shape. Underneath that big clamshell hood – which was a big deal to this writer back in the day – rests what appears to be the original Crossfire engine that’s hooked to the 4+3 transmission.
The seller doesn’t explain why the car was retired to a barn so many years ago, but we have a feeling the owner back then probably just moved on to the latest and greatest thing.
This one has the potential to be a very nice driver, but we’re not sure it would be worth the expense to go all-out on a restoration – unless someone just wants to try and recapture the thrills that the ‘84s brought to enthusiasts more than 30 years ago. It might make more sense to just buy a low-mileage car that wouldn’t need so much TLC, though.