5 Reasons Why the C4 Corvette Is Worth It

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If you’re reading this, it may be because you’ve been dancing around with the idea of buying a C4 Corvette for some time. Or perhaps you’ve already been inspired to go out and pick one up. Either way, the C4 Corvette is still hands-down one of the coolest Corvette iterations ever. Here’s why…


1. Clam Shell Hood: Unique to the C4, and the ultimate way to show off one’s engine, the clam shell hood on the C4 is the auto equivalent of pop-up headlights. Cool without remorse, though possibly impractical in some cases. But who cares? You’re always proud of what lies beneath when you lift it up and forward.

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2. Introduction of the ZR-1: Our first taste of the Corvette ZR-1 halo car came with the C4, and this set the bar for future Corvettes, as well as for other performance cars of the era. It was only a few years prior that emissions had choked the Corvette’s engine to embarrassing levels of HP, but with the ZR-1, many Euro sportscars were humbled by the American.


3. It’s Currently a Bargain Buy: If you’re looking for an inexpensive intro to Corvette ownership, the C4 is a bargain, with numerous clean examples that can be found for sale under $15,000. And you can always count on our forum members to provide a detailed list of things to look out for when buying a C4.

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4. Unmistakable American Performance Icon: The Previously mentioned ZR-1 was just one example, but later on in the C4’s run, it truly became a force to be reckoned with. The Grand Sport was a peg above the rest and Callaway even saw fit to have one enter into the ruthless 24 Hours of LeMans, long before the famous black and yellow factory effort went over there for a shot at winning.


5. You Likely Grew Up With It: It’s been in movies, music videos, and TV shows. You likely owned several model C4 Corvettes in 1:18th scale, or HotWheels, or even PowerWheels. Your childhood race car bed may have even been styled to look like a C4. And if you’ve been watching the Indy 500 for the last 30 years or so, it was the pace car for both the 1986 and 1995 races.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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