As the former owner of two new C4 Corvettes (an ’86 and an ’89), I’ve often wondered what happened to those two cars that both left my garage a mere couple of years after purchase – with less than 15,000 miles each on the odometer.
Are they still running or have they been relegated to a junkyard somewhere? I’ll probably never know.
Well, the owner of this 1987 Corvette convertible – currently up for sale on Autotrader in Pomona, California near Los Angeles – doesn’t have to ask himself such questions.
He claims to be the original owner but after 31 years has finally decided to part ways with his C4 after driving it some 332,330 miles!
A post on autotrader.com says that this car is the highest-mileage Corvette of any year currently up for sale on the website.
Autotrader traced the car’s lineage back to at least 1993 “and probably longer, though Carfax gets a bit spotty as it gets older.” Carfax does note that this Corvette hit the 300,000-mile mark around 2000 – an average of about 20,000 miles annually for its first 15 years. That means it’s gone just a little over 30,000 miles in the past 18 years or so.
As you might expect, a car with this many miles isn’t immaculate, though the owner does point out some bright spots – that it has new tires, has always been driven by a non-smoker, and has never seen snow.
We think this car still looks pretty sharp in the two photos running with the ad, what with its look-at-me yellow paint and contrasting black convertible top, though some may not care for the Ferrari Testarossa-like strakes that have been applied to the door panels.
Not surprisingly, the car does need some work, though – with the list of repairs to be done including an air conditioning compressor, heater core, dash cluster, and radio. The seller notes the car does still run and has its original 350 cubic inch/240 horsepower engine and automatic transmission, which would likely need an overhaul or replacement, he admits.
Where we begin to lose interest in the car, however, is with the $10,000 asking price. For a car that will likely need major work, there are a lot more economical options out there. A quick search on Autotrader today found an ’87 with just 23,410 miles going for $11,410, and we even came across a blue convertible with 95,767 miles and a unique trailer hitch and rear-mount tire carrier for just $8,099.
While the seller says his one-owner Corvette would make “a great project car for a car enthusiast,” we’re inclined to believe a major price drop is in line – maybe to the $5,000 range.
That’s still a pretty good return after 31 years of enjoying a car that originally started out with a base price of $33,172.
Our final take-away from this car, though, is the reassuring knowledge that a Corvette isn’t necessarily a fragile vehicle destined to sit in a garage or museum but that instead it can take on the roads of America for more than 330,000 miles and still keep running!