As the fourth generation of Corvette came to a close in 1996, Chevrolet decided to celebrate the occasion with a special Collector Edition done in Sebring Silver Metallic.
Not only were all these cars the same color, they all featured a more powerful engine upgrade, with a one-year-only 330-horsepower LT4 V8 under the clamshell hood instead of the base 300-horsepower LT1. For those enthusiasts currently upset over the C8’s exclusion of manual transmissions, the LT4’s were only available with a six-speed manual transmission.
Currently up for sale for the next six days on Bring a Trailer is this ’96 Collector Edition coupe, of which just 4,031 were included among the 21,536 coupes and convertibles produced that year. High bid so far is just $10,500.
Other notable features of the new LT4 engine was a higher compression ratio (10.8:1 vs 10.4:1), a new high-flow aluminum head design, Crane roller rocker arms, revised camshaft profile, and a higher redline (6300 RPM compared to the LT1’s 5700 RPM).
This Collector Edition has a Light Gray leather interior with unique headrest embroidery on the seats, along with automatic climate control, keyless entry, power windows and locks, Delco Bose audio with cassette, and CD, and a six-way power driver seat with adjustable lumbar support.
This car, which has covered only 56,000 miles over the past quarter of a century, isn’t perfect, with flaws including chips on the rub rail around the car, wear on the passenger-side windshield trim, older tires dating from 2005 and 2011, and scuffing on two of the wheels.
Originally delivered to H&H Chevrolet in Omaha, Nebraska, this Corvette stickered for $44,959 and has a clean Carfax with no reported accidents or other damage during its time in Nebraska and Maryland. It’s currently up for sale through a Florida dealer.
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