The base Corvette is like a delicious cheeseburger. But a special edition Corvette includes special sauce that makes it even tastier.
So says the host of this cool new YouTube video from Brad Hansen’s Retro Cars Forever, who takes a look at all 13 of the special editions during the long C4 generation (1984-96). While serious enthusiasts won’t learn much, they will get a tasty look at these special Corvettes on the road, as well as an opinion on their value nowadays. It’s definitely worth 20 minutes of your time, but if you want more in-depth facts about special editions, you should check out CorvetteBlogger senior editor Keith Cornett’s book.
My first new Corvette was a 1986 red coupe, but I was too stingy (or poor) to upgrade to the $5,005 higher convertible that had returned to the lineup after being absent since 1975. I only paid $500 over dealer cost for my coupe at a time when I would assume the convertibles probably were being discounted little, if any. Each convertible was technically an Indy Pace Car replica, no matter what color, though the yellow ones are worth more today because they match the ones actually used at the race.
Other special editions during the C4 generation include:
- 1986 Malcolm Konner edition
- 1988 35th Anniversary with an all-white theme, with contrasting black tossed in.
- 1993 40th Anniversary in Ruby Red.
- 1987-91 Callaway Twin-Turbo.
- 1988 to 1990 Corvette Challenge cars specially prepared to be converted to road course racing if desired.
- 1990 teal and yellow cars used by VIPs at the Indy 500.
- 1994 convertibles used for parade duty at the Brickyard 400.
- 1995 Indy Pace Car replica.
- 1994 Copper Metallic cars, not officially a special edition but tremendously rare because Chevy discovered it couldn’t consistently match up body panels in this color and discontinued it after just 116 coupes and convertibles were built.
- Two special editions in 1996 – the more common Collector Edition in silver and 1,000 Grand Sports with a red, white and blue paint scheme.
- 1990-95 ZR-1 with the powerful LT5 all-aluminum, quad-cam V8.
I love them all, but if I had to pick one today, I think I’d go with a ’96 Grand Sport with the rare red interior. What about you?
Retro Cars Forever / YouTube
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