After missing out on the Corvette’s 30th birthday because of production delays with the ’83 that forced the debut of the fourth generation to wait a year, Chevrolet returned full-steam for its legendary sports car’s 40th birthday in ’93.
A special package that included Ruby Red metallic paint, Ruby Red leather sport seats, power driver seat, special wheel center trim, and emblems helped Chevy celebrate the momentous occasion.
Taking advantage of the 40th Anniversary Package were 6,749 buyers, who shelled out an extra $1,455 for the option.
The most famous 40th Anniversary car, of course, is the one that fell into the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum back in 2014. That one had been a surprise 50th birthday present for Hill Clark from his wife, Karen, and eventually was donated to the NCM before its infamous fate with seven other Corvettes that also fell into oblivion.
Today, we share another ’93 40th Anniversary coupe that is in better shape than the sinkhole victim, but it still needs a lot of work to get back to its original condition 28 years after leaving the Bowling Green factory. It’s up for sale on Craigslist at the price of $6,000 or best offer.
The Ruby Red exterior features a hole in the driver’s side front fender and door caused when someone backed into the car, but the seller points out that he has replacement panels and will even install them and add a coat of paint for another thousand bucks.
The Ruby Red interior has seen better days, too, and looks very tired from years of use, with the leather on the bottom of the driver’s seat split down the middle. The driver’s seat moves with assistance but may need a new nylon gear, not an expensive fix but an inconvenient one nonetheless.
Mechanically, there is apparently better news, as the seller claims the car’s LT1 that produced 300 horsepower “runs great,” “has a nice low rumble,” and “goes good.” Based on the condition of the rest of the car, though, we’d still be a little concerned about the mechanical shape.
As with many older cars, the air conditioning has stopped working, but the seller is optimistic that it just “probably needs a recharge.”
When this 40th Anniversary Corvette was new, it would have sold for well over $40,000. It’s a shame to see it fall into its current condition, but we’ve seen much worse come back from the grave to become the belle of the ball. Are you willing to take that chance?
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