So often we hear about a Corvette for sale with such low mileage that you’d be afraid to drive it after you paid a fortune for it.
You know, the kind of car that would instantly plummet in value if you actually ENJOYED climbing behind the wheel and taking it for a spin around the country!
One such example is the 1996 Grand Sport, probably the most collectible C4 around, and the low-mileage museum pieces are all around.
Well, here’s a Grand Sport up for sale on craigslist in the Tampa area that has actually been enjoyed by its owners – to the tune of an unheard of 133,000 miles!
As the seller notes, “here is your chance to own a limited production car and be able to enjoy it, and not just have it sit in a museum or garage.”
The Grand Sport – a $3,250 option in the coupe version, of which 810 were made – celebrated the end of the long C4 run, with its special Admiral Blue paint with Arctic White racing stripe down the center of the car and two red hash marks over the left front fender commemorating the 1963 Grand Sport Corvettes. The Z16 Grand Sport option also included the LT4 engine, which was only available with a 6-speed manual transmission, and unique Grand Sport badging was placed on each side of the hood above the side fender vents as well as a unique chrome-plated Corvette emblem on the nose and gas lid.
Only 1,000 of these cars were produced, and as a result of that rarity, they’ve really held onto their value unlike so many of their brethren from that generation. I have to admit back in the day I wasn’t a big fan of the black wheels, but they’ve really grown on me and the Grand Sports have turned out to be probably my favorite C4.
And this one is not ragged out, either. “You would never guess the mileage just by looking at the car,” the seller boasts. “It is in fantastic shape. The paint has no dents or scratches that I can see. The interior is nice, seats have no rips. The wheels have a little curb rash from the previous owner.”
Furthermore, the air conditioning still blows cold, the power windows work, and the headlights still flip up and down some 22 years later. The car seems to have been well maintained, with the seller noting that a new sending unit has been installed in the gas tank, and new door and trunk rubber has been added all around. This one has the more common black interior – too bad it doesn’t have the much rarer red leather.
He notes the only current problem seems to be a leaky water pump, which he believes to be the original one. He already has a replacement pump and an optispark “because those are also known for going south once the water pump drips on them,” noting that the new parts just need to be installed.
Another problem, he says, is that the traction control doesn’t work “but I have never bothered to look at it.”
Best of all, you won’t have to empty your wallet for this car. A quick search of the internet found low-mileage examples going for $30,000 to $40,000 and more, but this one is being offered for $18,500. So what’s your opinion – is this a good deal?
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