By the end of its 12-year run, the C4 Corvette had made great strides in both performance and reliability.
To celebrate the end of this successful generation, Chevrolet came out with two special models for 1996 – the limited edition Grand Sport, with its iconic Admiral Blue exterior with white stripe, red hash marks and black wheels over either black or red/black interior, and the unlimited production Collector Edition, a beautiful shade of Sebring Silver on the outside with three choices of interior colors (red, black, and light gray).
Currently up for sale on Bring a Trailer is this Collector Edition coupe that has from all indications led a somewhat pampered life in two countries – the United States (California, Texas, and New York) and Canada (Ontario).
With just 43,000 miles, this ’96 is one of the 5,412 Collector Editions produced that year but furthermore is one of just 1,540 that also featured the upgraded 5.7-liter LT4 V8 engine that pumped out 330 horsepower with its revised camshaft and crankshaft, larger fuel injectors, and increased compression ratio compared to the standard engine that delivered 30 horsepower less. Like all other ‘Vettes that year elevated to the LT4, it has a six-speed manual transmission.
After nearly 25 years, this one remarkably still maintains a clean Carfax with no accidents and no damage and boasts of 14 service history records during that time.
The original owner lived in California but the car eventually wound its way to Ontario, Canada where it spent the past four years. It’s recently been imported back into the States by a Grand Island, N.Y., dealer and comes with a clean Ontario registration, along with import documentation and owner’s manuals.
It features power Collector Edition-branded leather seats, Delco/Bose Gold Series stereo, automatic climate control, and power windows/door locks, as well as 17-inch factory wheels wrapped in new Nitto tires said to have been installed in December. By the way, we always liked the look of the ’96 dash that had been updated in 1990; it seems to have as many buttons as the forthcoming C8! By the way, the Collector Edition was a $1,250 option, and checking the box for the LT4 engine added another $1,450.
So far, this car has attracted limited interest, with the current bid hitting just $5,800 with six days left.
As noted in one post on Bring a Trailer, the ’96 represents “without a doubt the best value in collector Corvettes” with “great performance, very little $$. Just no better bang for the buck.”
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