Happy Wednesday, Corvette Peeps! We’ve got another installment of our generational look back at the 2021 Corvettes at Carlisle Show coming for you today. After highlighting the first three generations of America’s Favorite Sports Car at the world’s largest gathering of Corvettes, it’s time to shine the light on the C4 Corvettes!
The C4 Corvette may not be the hottest sports car out there these days, but the wedged-shaped wonder will always have a special place in my heart as it was redesigned and launched during my high school days. It arrived in early 1983 as a 1984 model and the generation would continue to improve and evolve throughout the Eighties and into the Nineties, until the final model rolled out of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in 1996.
Along the way, we saw the C4 Corvettes dominate SCCA racing to the point they were kicked out and were forced to race each other in the Corvette Challenge Series. The Convertible model that was discontinued in 1975 was back for the 1986 model year where it was named for the second time as the Indy 500 Pace Car. We also saw major gains in power thanks to both the Callaway B2K twin-turbos in 1987 and the arrival of the 32-valve DOHC King of Hill ZR1 in 1990. Finally, the 1996 model year saw the introduction of two special edition models with a one-year engine that would put the exclamation point on the generation: The Collector’s Edition and the limited-edition Corvette Grand Sport.
As we wandered around the Corvettes at Carlisle show field and made our way in and out of the various buildings and displays, we tried to capture some of our favorite C4 Corvettes at the show. Some of these pics in our gallery come from the special displays at Carlisle which included the Callaway Aerobodys, the 25th Anniversary of the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport, and those Corvettes owned by law enforcement and first responders.
We hope you enjoy our gallery of C4 Corvettes below. If you see your Corvette in the mix, give it a shoutout in the comment section below!
Photos by Steve Burns and Keith Cornett