If there is one car in the history of Corvettes that I have done a complete 180-degree turnaround on, it’s the 1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary special edition model. My conversion on this car started a few years back before I wrote my book on Corvette Special Editions. But since its publication last year, I have even a greater appreciation for the often looked-over Anniversary Edition.
Chevrolet had planned to do a 30th Anniversary model to correspond with the introduction of the new 1983 Corvette, except that car’s production was delayed and once it became the 1984 Corvette that kicked off the C4 generation, it made the idea of an Anniversary Edition moot.
It’s easy to look at these 4th generation cars and deride the white interior and steering wheel. I think many enthusiasts look at the whiteout interior and then compute the cleaning time required to keep the seats and steering wheel looking clean and fresh, as there is nothing sadder than a dirty white interior in a Corvette. I think that was one of my initial hang-ups when the car first came out.
But now I find myself attracted to these 35th Anniversary Editions, maybe because of the nostalgia of the car as I was 20 when it came out, but more and more it’s because of the uniqueness of the car.
Oh, and did I mention the price?
C4 Corvette owners trying to sell their cars must have patience as the model’s prices have nose-dived over the last few years, and selling times have increased significantly for the model. We found this 1988 Corvette listed for sale in Florida on the Facebook Marketplace for $5,900 – an amazing price for a driver-quality Corvette special edition of any generation, but one that has some significant, and rare options according to the seller:
Also includes the rare G44 option for better flowing exhaust (more horsepower) and the coveted 3.07 rear end. Only 14% of ’88 Vette’s had the G44 option.
This Anniversary edition has 89,000 miles and features an automatic transmission. It’s VIN 1277 of 2050 produced. It looks like the seller has put some money into the car as it’s advertised with new tires, brakes, leather seats, leather steering wheel, AC converted to 134R, full tune Up and a synthetic oil change. The seller reports the bad news as the paint is showing some blemishes (but still in good condition for a driver), and a stereo that’s only broadcasting out of one speaker. The power locks are also said to suffer from weak solenoids.
As we mentioned, C4 Corvette price have literally reached rock bottom, and I see a scenario where this Corvette could be driven for a couple of years and then sold for the same price or more as long as the new owner takes care of it. No worries here about depreciation! For younger enthusiasts who want to get into the hobby with an inexpensive Corvette, and yet still have something interesting to drive, this 1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary Editon could just be your ticket to paradise!
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