Here is a challenge for you folks on the interweb — find me a car that’ll go around a proper American road course (let’s say Laguna Seca) faster than this next thing for a similar amount of money. Some basic stats for the base C5; 350 horsepower LS1 V8, 6-speed manual, 3200 lbs curb weight, 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and on to 13.3 at 108mph in the 1/4 mile…and you get all that (plus some peeling paint!) for $7k. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $7000 in Duncanville, TX via craigslist.
If you get a feeling that you’ve seen this car, it is because you probably have. We last featured it in 2018 when the seller was trying to milk $40k from this thing…and it was featured on Oddimotive in 2015 when the seller was asking $45k. There is little doubt that the seller put something like $45k into the process of grafting a steel Volvo 1800 body on top of a C4 Corvette chassis and the price has finally gotten more reasonable…but you’ve got to wonder if it doesn’t have another 2 years of reality before a buyer is found. Find this 1992 Chevrolet Corvette Volvo 1800 offered for $25,500 in Portage, IN via craigslist. Tip from Kester.
The C4 Corvette might have been the least curvy Corvette ever built, but I believe that history might judge it nicely in the future. Built from 1983 through 1996, it has proportions and lines that are pleasing to the eye without the unnecessary Pontiac-style plastic body cladding that adorns every nook and cranny of a modern Corvette. Years from now, when people are trying to figure out how to maintain the 10-speed dual-clutch computer controlled automatic gearbox in their mid-engine Vette, they might yearn for a car with the electro-mechanical simplicity of a C4 and find the clean aesthetics a bonus. Find this 1993 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $8000 in Gilroy (Garlic capital of the West!), CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
There is a heat wave blasting across the amber waves of grain and who’d think that fall is only 16 days away. It isn’t autumn yet, but it IS Labor Day, which means only one thing; DT’s celebration of all the cars that live in the lunatic fringe, also known as Loony Labor Day. This first feature is a yellow C6 Corvette that is festooned with airbrushed photos of legends from the glory days of the Green Bay Packers…but I see Vikings playing traitor Bret Favre on the hood, so I don’t know what’s going on here. It’s crazy. Loony. Find this 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible custom bidding for $9,100 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Tucson, AZ via eBay.
I’ve said this before, but I think it needs repeating — I’m not against progress. I think that stuff needs upgrading and technology is great…but the thing about the Corvette is that it was never a competitor to an actual Ferrari. It still isn’t…despite what the mainstream car fishwrap pundits might let you believe…because the Corvette was all about power…stupid, tire-roasting torque, and unlimited power. The Ferrari is Rey from the new Star Wars trilogy — gorgeous, overly powerful, lithe, graceful and sweet…but the Corvette is, and always will be Episode 3 Palpatine. Unlimited power and unnecessary cowls/scoops/hoods. Don’t fret…it’ll get worse because some day the Corvette will be an electric all-wheel-drive, self-steered, google-pod…but you don’t have to buy one of them, because you have this 1979 Chevrolet Corvette L82 offered for $9250 in Dothan, AL via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.
This next car has me confused. Is it a Vette? Wait…it’s not a C3 Corvette. It is a kit car made to look like a C3…but why would someone build a C3 Corvette kit car…when they’re not expensive to buy and haven’t been since a few years after they left the showroom. It would like wearing a fake version of a Casio watch…if you are going to spend the time to make fake watch, make it a Rolex or a Patek Philippe…but this is a 2 liter Ford Cortina powered kit that looks like a C3 and is…somehow…slower. How? What? I’m not saying I wouldn’t want to drive it for the LOLZ…but what is the point? Find this 1972 Lightning TS offered for $10,000 in Poughkeepsie, NY via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes as tip from SecondMouse who writes: I have always liked the looks of the mid to late 80’s C4s, especially in black. This 1986 model ticks all the boxes – low miles, manual, cheap price, and well-cared for. But it looks to need a degree of reassembly that is not entirely clear from the ad. If you can overlook that, you might be the new owner of a sweet little cruiser. Find this one in Buffalo TX, about halfway between Houston and Dallas, on jackstands (!) with no plates (!!), asking $5500. Yes SecondMouse, I completely agree that the C4 is one of the most under appreciated cars from the 80s…and I loved the boxy shape before I got one as MicroMachine in the mid 80s…and someday I’ll own the real thing, hopefully before they get expensive. Find this 1986 Chevrolet Corvette C4 offered for $5,500 in Buffalo, TX via craigslist.
Happy 4th of July to everyone out in cyber space — this next car is as American as apple pie and as cheap as an expired apple pie on the clearance rack at your local supermart…but apple pie doesn’t have a firebreathing LS1 V8 and a 6-speed manual box for less than $8k. Find this […]
Ah, the C5 Corvette Z06. The cheapest way to go fast, and the fastest way to lose your license. It is a formidable track machine, tuned by the wizards at Chevy’s performance group to take the standard C5 from fast enough to faster. When introduced in 2001, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was the fastest production […]
The C4 generation Corvette is the unloved sibling in the Vette family, the red-headed step child that was born in the Malaise era and surprisingly transformed into a sophisticated and remarkably fast car by the end of its production run. But today’s example is something else…something so utterly blasphemous to the Corvette faithful that I […]