A turning point for the Chevrolet Corvette V8, starting with the revival of the LTX that drastically improved the C4 Vette 350 small block 5.7L engine. The straggling L83 and L84 morphed into the galloping LT1 and LT4 with a base output of 330 horsepower. Along the way, the first ZR1 snuck onto the scene with the overhead quad-cam, 32 valve, aluminum LT5.
Hard to say which needed to keep pace, the C4 Vette engine or powertrain. Regardless, the change was positive: from the Z51, to the intermediate Doug Nash 4-3 manual/automatic overdrive mash-up, and ending with 6-Speed ZF.
Sharp and aggressive, the C4 Chevrolet Corvette also experimented heavily with the exterior, building the Y-Body coupe, convertible, and targa with plastic molding compounds and attempting a rear glass hatch. The front end became more muscular and retained its gills.
Hear from those who own and work on the C4 Vette, from bleeding a master cylinder to transmission bypass, cleaning the throttle body, and upgrading to an aftermarket stereo system.
Enthusiasts at the 2013 Corvette Museum C4 ZR1 gathering that starts today and runs through Sunday in Bowling Green, Kentucky will have a chance to see and hear inside information about their cars. Lingenfelter Performance Engineering’s Chief Engineer, Graham Behan, will make two presentations during the annual event.
It’s the middle of May and that means its time for the annual Corvette Beach Caravan and Car Show. For the last 33 years, Dorthan, Alabama’s Circle City Corvette club caravans down to Panama City Beach, Florida for a weekend of Corvette fun and camaraderie. Special guests for this year’s show will include the 2014 Corvette Stingray, Corvette exterior designer Kirk Bennion and NCM director Wendell Strode.
File photo courtesy of Corvettes.nl An Indiana Corvette owner has learned a hard lesson about the dangers of deals on the Internet.
Larry Jewett Vettes for Vets is an annual, all-Corvette car show organized to honor the hard work and dedication veterans have committed to our country. On Sunday, May 26, the general public can enjoy a free Corvette car show in the parking lot behind the California Automobile Museum and free museum admission for all veterans. All visitors will enjoy our new exhibit Elegance in Motion: Cars of the Golden Age, which opens May 25. Vettes
The short answer is no, but a recent post on the Forum leaves us wondering. User Larry/car recently posted that his 1995 C4 was close to turning 10,000 miles and he doesn’t know what to do. In fairness, this is Larry’s secondary Vette (yeah, he’s got another one). But still, why do we buy these cars? Presumably to drive and enjoy. Yet, we can’t help but notice a minority that buy Corvettes to polish, stare
As automotive journalists, we know how lucky we are to have this job. We get invited to races, previews, ride-and-drives, etc... But as Corvette Forum journalists we're extremely fortunate to write for such a large, active, enthusiastic community. Writing about the Vette sure beats writing about the latest Toyota Camry (ooh! a new cupholder!). And sometimes we're able to invite some of our members to participate, help us, and share in some of the
by Rick Tavel special to Corvette Forum © 3-17-2013 All Rights Reserved Do Not Duplicate Without PermissionIf you are like most enthusiasts about this time of year you are experiencing a bad case of “cabin fever”. Shut in by the cold and the snow and too early to wake your hibernating car from its winter sleep and take it for its initial Spring cruise, you can’t help but think of the warm weather and all of
Detroit Autorama takes place each year in early March. 2013 marks the 61st rendition of the massive indoor custom car show. It was also the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Ridler Award. We made our annual trek down to Cobo Hall last weekend to check out all of the custom rides. Hit that magical Read More button below to see our gallery of some the best custom Corvettes around. Entrants in the show range
In the early 1990′s Callaway pretty much owned the Corvette tuner market thanks in part due to their RPO B2K option offered by GM. To compete with the boys from Old Lyme, Lister of North America built a select number of Corvettes to challenge Callaway’s dominance. Coming up in April, you’ve got a chance to own the very first Lister Corvette produced at Mecum’s Houston auction.
It's generally a breeze to park at the Petersen. But last Saturday, the garage was packed to capacity with Corvettes of every era, and the crowds that came to check out the 60th Anniversary Celebration were sent to lots across the street. Our photographer lived just around the corner from the museum, and said this is the most packed he'd ever seen the museum. Check out pics from the event below! Related Stories:Historic Vettes at the Petersen for
To celebrate Corvette's 60th Anniversary the Petersen devoted a sizable chunk of its second floor to showcase some of the hottest cars from every generation along with some wild ones never meant for mass production. The 1956 Corvette SR-2 pictured above was special ordered—and raced—by Harley Earl's son, and is still campaigned in vintage events today. Also on hand were the 1953 Corvette EX-122 Motorama Prototype, a 1960 Cunningham Le Mans Team Car, the mid-engine 1960 CERV 1 "Chevrolet
by Rick TavelCorvette ForumIf you weren't lucky enough to be at the media introduction of the new Corvette C7 in Detroit on 1-13-13, don’t worry. Amid historically significant Corvettes of every generation, the West Coast unveiling will take place this weekend at the legendary Petersen Museum. You can get all the details on how to attend here. This event is a “must” event for every real “Vetter!” Over 200 Corvettes will be on display on the roof of the
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com As the track for Hurricane Leslie (now a Tropical Storm) takes it over Canada’s Newfoundland today and into the North Atlantic, we are getting updates on twitter from some of the damage that has occurred. Unfortunately, one C4 Corvette owner’s car was smashed after a large shed had taken flight and landed on his red sports car. Twitter user @RhondaMcMeekin included the Corvette photo in a status update on Tuesday Morning along
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com You don't see too many Corvettes in New Zealand, no doubt. You see even fewer coming out of the side of a boat. But that's what happened Monday when a 1984 Corvette smashed into a boat moored in the Awanui River. According to the Northern Advocate, the Corvette left State Highway 1, shot down a bank, flattened a wooden fence, and demolished a jetty before hitting a brand-new boat. Things could have
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com There are a lot of custom Corvettes out there. When it comes to these cars, we owners love to personalize them in infinite ways. Some of these modifications turn out really well and others don't quite have the same appeal. This 1988 coupe currently for sale Ohio fits into the latter category. This beauty has already been discounted by $1,000 down to $9,995. For that sum you get a car that began
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger It could have been much worse, but let’s hope a 16-year-old’s joyride in his mom’s 1996 Corvette over the weekend was worth the heap of trouble he’s in now. Seems the teenager took the sports car without his mom’s approval and wound up totaling the vehicle and ending up at the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. “(The Corvette) was her pride and joy,” Andrews, Indiana Town Marshal Van Juillerat told
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com Well, here is something you don’t see everyday. Our brothers at High Tech Corvette captured this C4 making two runs at the Texas Mile and both times the “all motor” 4th Gen Corvette breaks the 200 mph barrier. On the first run, you’ll see the back end gets away just a bit, but the runway provides plenty of open space for the driver to recover. Despite that hiccup, the Corvette ran the
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com If you happen to see a pink 1984 Corvette rolling down the road in the Ohio area in the next few months, it's probably the Pink Vette that aims to raise at least $20,000 for the Meadville Medical Center's Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute. A couple of car guys Brian Bair of Bair's Corvettes in Linesville and Dave Gray of Smith Gray Buick GMC in Vernon Township and some friends have
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com Tanner, Adam and Rutledge are back tonight as Top Gear USA looks to do a take on Top Gear UK’s famous Limousine Challenge. The three hosts will be building their own limos: a 1981 VW Rabbit pickup, a 1969 Lincoln Continental, and a 1987 Chevrolet Corvette. So what’s the challenge, you ask? Transporting as yet unnamed celebrities to the Emmy Awards Show. Top Gear USA’s “Limos” premieres on 3/20/2012 at 9 pm
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com The last car raced by renowned actor Paul Newman will be one of the features at RM Auctions' Amelia Island sale next month in Florida. As lot #130, Newman’s 2002 #83 SCCA Corvette racer will cross the block on March 10, 2012. Newman raced the car from 2003 to 2007 and was victorious in it at his last race one year before he died in 2008. Newman, who was nominated for 55
by Keith CornettCorvette Blogger If your looking for a project C3 or C4 Corvette, check out this auction of over 100 salvage Corvettes that will be sold on Saturday in Forest City, North Carolina. Whittington Auction and Appraisal is handling the gavel duties for this collection of mostly insurance salvage Corvettes and parts. The sale is actually the first of two auctions with the second part dealing with thousands of used original Corvette parts. The
Some Might Call This Project Sacrilegious, I Call it Awesome by John Coyle California is wonderful. There's sun, sand, surf, In-N-Out Burger, and a host of other things which make the Golden State worthy of its name. But its stringent emissions regulations make life difficult for car enthusiasts, and after trying to get his supercharged 396 Corvette through testing, Wayne Bickley went green. But he didn't buy a Prius—he converted his C4 to electric power.
Content provided by Keith Cornett of CorvetteBlogger.comHere’s a Corvette that had its 15 minutes of fame in television history. For sale on eBay is the 1984 Corvette that was driven by Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck of the A-Team series. It was the only Corvette used during the show’s 1983-87 run and featured a custom red stripe that went around the entire car. The Corvette is documented with registrations from Stephen J. Cannell’s production company as well
The brake pads on your C4 Corvette are the materials that press against the brake disc under your control. These pads are responsible for executing the braking of your car and, as a result of the heavy friction that they experience in normal driving, must be replaced periodically in order to maintain the safety and quality of your braking system. An at home brake pad change is a relatively easy procedure to do; read on
Sports cars of the 1990s – the Corvette ZR1 and the Mazda RX-7 (FD3S) The Corvette ZR1 was produced from 1990 through 1995 and is regarded as one of the greatest American performance cars of all time. The Mazda RX-7 FD3S was offered in the US from 1993 through 1995 and although they took very different routes, these two mid-90s sports cars have developed a legendary status in the automotive history books. The 1990 ZR1
Changing the oil in your C4 Corvette Items Needed: Oil (Check your owners manual for the proper amount and type) Oil Filter (If your manual doesn't tell you a filter size, check your local parts store) Floor Jack Jack Stands Catch Pan Paper Towels Wrench or Socket Set for the oil plug Oil Filter Wrench (Not needed, but it can be helpful)
Brand Development, Growth & ExpansionThe 4th generation Chevrolet C4 Corvette had a rocky beginning with production problems in 1983, delaying its debut until the following year. Almost 50 prototypes completed never went into production; all except for # 23, which is on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The official beginning of the Corvette C4 was in 1984, production running through 1996. The Corvette C4 was offered as a 2-door coupe or
At the end of 1996, GM made the C4 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport available; 1000 of these Vettes were produced. This total included 190 convertibles and 810 coupes. With a "nod" to the original Grand Sport of 1963, the 1996 Grand Sports have a distinctive VIN sequence, which sets them off from the other 1996 Chevy Corvettes.
Chevrolet issued a Collector's Edition C4 Corvette in 1996 to commemorate the platform's last year of production. Like the Chevy Corvette Grand Sport of that year, this special edition was produced in low numbers. Every Collector Edition (CE) C4 Vette was painted "Sebring Silver." This color was similar to the 1963 Sting Ray and was used later on the C5. Very similar to the Grand Sport with comparable equipment, the CE had heavy-duty ZR1 brakes,
The LT5 motor, which had very little in common with the previous LT, was a next generation small block Chevrolet engine used only in Corvettes. It had a new block cylinder head, intake manifold, timing cover, water pump, and "opti-spark" distributor. The block was aluminum and the engine sported 32-valve cylinder heads with double-overhead camshafts. The bell-pattern bell housing and the engine mounts were the same as the previous small blocks, allowing for easy replacement
General Motors introduced a new small block motor in 1992 to utilize in their Chevrolet Corvettes, which brought to mind the original small blocks from the 1970's. This new "LT1" was a 350 cubic inch (5.7 L) powerplant that had a two-valve, pushrod configuration and featured an innovative "reverse" cooling system. This cooling system cooled the cylinder heads first, then the cylinders. The result was cooler cylinder temperatures and higher compression. The new 300 hp
The C4 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 was first produced in 1990 and ended in 1995 after 6,939 vehicles came off the line. General Motors approached Lotus in 1986, which was part of GM then, and asked for their help developing a high-performance car to be based on the C4 Vette. Lotus then designed an engine, with the assistance of GM's Corvette team, to replace the original "push-rod" L98 V-8, which was the motor that powered the