• The impressive photos and detailed description in the ad really pique my interest. Not. If the seller can't be bothered to put any effort into selling the car, I can't be bother to put any effort into buying it.

  • On paper, this car has all the factors that make it somewhat collectable: Powerful V8, check, two doors, check, manual transmission, check + 3. It even ought to handle well, you can get parts easily. So why is it a $8000 car with 29K on it? I would bet a 5.0 Mustang of the same vintage and mileage would command several thousand more. Heck, just about anything with 29K on it would get close to the same money. I think we are seeing the invisible, powerful hand of the "gold-chain, waterbed" image at work here, as the author implies. Know what you would get for a Grand National of the same year with 29K? A lot. And that is just a tarted-up Regal with a turbo. The former Chachi champion, the late 70's T/A, seems to have shrugged the curse and it landed squarely on the '80s corvette. I say buy this car as an investment now. It will eventually turn from uncool to kitschy and fashionable.

  • I agree that low mileage C4s must eventually break the curse, but we're still waiting for the last of the C3s to do it. I honestly think those values are held down by the fact that <100-mile 1978 Pace Cars and Anniversary Editions, as well as 1982 Collector's Editions are a dime a dozen. Did anyone ever drive those(especially the 78s)?

    In the meantime, these represent cheap fun. My brother has an '88 with the 4+3 and it's a torque monster. IMHO, the ZR-1 represents quite a bargain, as well, though at a higher price.

  • I actually sort of like the C4 in an 80's nostalgic kind of way, but it's hard to forget the A-Team's Face driving that white C4 with the tacky red stripe. That doesn't help the desirability factor. I'm pretty sure the horrid plastic early C4 interiors don't help market values either.

  • That old L98 did have a lot of grunt. I had a 91 ZR1 and my buddy had an '86 like the one here with just basic intake, exhaust, chip upgrades. His car was almost as fast as mine around town.

    The biggest problem with these cars was the build quality. Getting in one today is just shocking. The interiors are barely screwed together. Definitely feels like a thousand parts going down the road in loose formation. But the outside looks good and has a lot of go, turn, stop.

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