80s Legend: 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Z51

It might be the exhaust fumes speaking, but the C4 is starting to grow on me. I think I need a fan to exhaust the fumes after I’ve parked my classic car into my garage/office, because it gets pretty spicy in here. Anyway, the C4 generation Corvette was a big styling change from the previous C3 Stingray. Gone were the Jane Mansfield inspired fender humps and instead the car featured a sleek Farrah Fawcett inspired design. Todays example has super low miles and will be worth a lot more in the future. Find this 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 offered for $16,500 in Carson City, NV via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1986 Chevrolet Corvette
VIN: 1G1YY0784G5113494
condition: excellent
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 23727
paint color: silver
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe


Time-Capsule 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Coupe in Silver Metallic with Graphite cloth Interior. Only 23,727 miles from new on this fabulous ‘Showroom Fresh’ C4 Corvette. 5.7L/235hp V8 Engine. 4-Speed Doug Nash Manual Trans with OD (the venerable ‘4+3’ transmission). Z51 Package adds; Heavy Duty Suspension, Delco-Bilstein Shocks, 3.07 Rear axle ratio, Radiator Boost Fan, Oil Cooler, Heavy Duty Radiator, Fast Steering Ratio, 16″ x 9.5″ Wheels with brand new BF Goodrich G-Force Sport tires (255/50/16 Z-rated). Delco-Bose Audio System with aftermarket Pioneer AVH-3300NEXCD DVD player professionally installed, Cruise Control, Power Windows, A/C, ABS. The C4 Corvette was known for its evolved, sleek and modern look. The C4 coupe was the first general production Corvette to have a glass hatchback. The Corvette C4 came standard with an electronic dashboard with a digital liquid crystal display dash, with graphics for speed and RPM and digital displays for other important engine functions. This Vette is very difficult to find in this car’s condition and is ready to be driven, shown and enjoyed for years to come. I am the 3rd owner of this vehicle.


With the continual refinement of their L98 engine, a bigger focus on safety and security, and the development of many new functional and luxury features, the arrival of the 1986 Corvette carried with it the continuation of the spirit of innovation that had helped Corvette rise to become a world leader in the sports car market since its humble beginnings in 1953. The C4 represented a clean break from the previous generation of Corvette with a completely new chassis and modern, sleeker styling. The primary design emphasis was on handling and braking, with all-independent suspension with lightweight suspension and wheels, and all new brakes with aluminum calipers.
From 1984 through 1988, the Corvette was available with a Doug Nash “4+3” transmission – a 4-speed manual coupled to an automatic overdrive on the top three gears. This unusual transmission was a synergy that allowed Corvette to keep a stout 4 speed but add an overdrive. Below is a list of all options in this car:
AG9 Power driver seat AU3 Power door locks
BGR Bowling Green assembly B4P Radiator cooling boost fan
B9K Cloth trim, Processing option CC3 Transparent roof panel
C49 Electric rear window defogger C68 Automatic electronic air condition
DL8 Twin remote heated outside mirrors D3X Speedometer driven gear 25513049 green
FE7 High performance suspension FG3 Preloaded gas shock absorbers
G44 Rear axle 3.07 ratio G87 Ring gear 8.50 inch
KB2 Cast iron cylinder heads K34 Cruise control
L98 Tuned port injection 5.7 L engine MK2 Manual 4-speed Doug Nash transmission
NA5 Federal emission system requirements PW9 Cast aluminum wheels, 16 x 9.5
QZD 16″ wheels with P255/50 VR16 UQ4 Delco Bose four speaker system
V01 Heavy duty radiator Z51 Performance handling package
Z6A Rear window and side mirror defoggers 12C Graphite cloth interior
12I Graphite interior trim 13U Silver Metallic exterior
24S Blue tint roof panel

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