Excuse me if this listing on eBay carries me back 31 years to a time when I bought my first new Corvette, a red over red 1986 coupe.
I don’t know why I didn’t opt for the convertible version back then, especially since this was the first year for the return of the ragtop after an 11-year break. Probably the $5,000 difference in the price!
Even after all these years, this car still looks great with the top down, doesn’t it?
I’m not in the market for a C4 Corvette these days, but if someone out there wishes they had bought a new 1986 Corvette convertible back in the day, here’s one of the best chances you’ll ever get!
This black over saddle leather ’86 is a one-owner (prior to being changed over to the name of the dealership that has it for sale) that has covered just 5,939 miles!
“It starts, idles, shifts, steers, and stops like you would expect a 5,939 original mile Corvette would,” the seller boasts in the listing, adding that the saddle convertible top and the rims are “perfect” and the car remains “mechanically excellent.”
Further, the car has been kept in a garage its entire life, and the photos definitely show what looks like a brand new Corvette that’s 31 years old!
The car – one of just 7,315 convertibles produced for 1986 – is equipped with the Doug Nash 4+3 manual transmission, six-way power seats, and ABS brakes. I remember what a big deal it was back in the day that the Corvette was leading the way with ABS brakes as well as the VATS key system to make it harder for some low-life to steal the car.
As you might expect, even with the low miles, a black car is impossible to keep perfect. The seller describes the paint as “beautiful” but admits there is “only a minor clear coat flaw on the driver’s side door, which was difficult to show in pictures.”
The interior, meanwhile, remains in “beautiful original condition” and the leather is described as “still soft.”
All the power features/accessories are said to still work as they should, but the new owner will need to buy new tires as the originals do have some dry rot and wouldn’t be safe to drive on.
We especially love the photo of the window sticker that shows the car listed for just $35,500. Starting at a base price of $32,480, this C4 added $2,545 worth of options – including six-way power seats ($240), saddle leather adjustable sport bucket seats ($1,025), power door locks ($190), cruise control ($185), and Bose radio with AM/FM cassette ($905).
The only engine available – a 5.7-liter V8 – produced just 230 horsepower, going from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph, but I remember well in 1986 just how powerful that still managed to feel, especially after coming from my previous car, a 1980 blue/silver Datsun 280ZX that managed just 132 horsepower. (Yes, folks, I must admit I backslid for a little while and didn’t own a Corvette. To show just how much cars went up from 1980 to 1986, though, I paid only $12,500 for that brand new 280ZX, the first year they offered T-tops!)
By the way, 39 bids have been posted on this beautiful C4, raising the price to $10,500 with the sale ending on Monday, Nov. 20.
That’s a lot more than most C4s bring these days, but when you consider you’re basically getting a brand new car, someone could very well get a bargain even if the price climbs some more, especially if they missed out on buying a new convertible in 1986 the way this writer did!