C4 General Discussion General C4 Corvette Discussion not covered in Tech

How many C4's are still on the road?

 
Old 01-13-2017, 01:44 PM
  #1  
LWesthaver
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
LWesthaver's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 1999
Location: Columbia MD
Posts: 778
Liked 45 Times in 29 Posts
Default How many C4's are still on the road?

Is there any definitive way to know how many C4's are still on the road?

I'd really like to know how many C4's are still registered and on the road vs. how many have been wrecked/scrapped etc.

Since they aren't making any new ones, I'm wondering what the current state of the population is.

Does anyone know if this information is available?

-Wes
LWesthaver is offline  
Old 01-13-2017, 01:49 PM
  #2  
TorchTarga94
CF Senior Member
 
TorchTarga94's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2011
Location: Trinity FL
Posts: 2,490
Liked 149 Times in 125 Posts
Default

No definitive answer. All you have are assumptions and a best guess scenario.
TorchTarga94 is offline  
Old 01-13-2017, 02:15 PM
  #3  
DMITTZ
CF Senior Member
 
DMITTZ's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2016
Location: Langley BC
Posts: 1,516
Liked 169 Times in 160 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by TorchTarga94 View Post
No definitive answer. All you have are assumptions and a best guess scenario.



There were a lot of C4's made, however based on the local C.L I would say a pretty good number are being scrapped and parted out every year that goes by, but still there are quite a few out there. Certainly at car shows I see way less C4's than C5, C6 or C3's.
DMITTZ is online now  
Old 01-13-2017, 02:32 PM
  #4  
mickey5
CF Senior Member
 
mickey5's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2011
Location: on Barnegat Bay Joisey
Posts: 1,505
Liked 68 Times in 67 Posts
Default

Based on what I read on this forum there seems to be an increase in C4 prices lately...in the middle of winter as well. If price follows demand and availability there may be fewer in the marketplace. The improvement in the economy could also be at work. Time will tell.
mickey5 is offline  
Old 01-13-2017, 02:51 PM
  #5  
slow-vette
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Aug 2016
Posts: 150
Liked 10 Times in 9 Posts
Default

A Lot. There is no shortage of C4 cars out there and since they don't rust away into nothing and there are people like us out there I expect there to be A Lot of C4's out there for a very long time.
slow-vette is offline  
Old 01-13-2017, 03:49 PM
  #6  
FASTAZU
CF Senior Member
 
FASTAZU's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 2002
Location: GA. Lost on 285.. just keeps going around!
Posts: 10,168
Liked 285 Times in 260 Posts
2018 C4 of Year Finalist
2015 C4 of the Year Finalist
St. Jude Donor '16
Default

If I had to guess thousands
FASTAZU is offline  
Old 01-13-2017, 03:58 PM
  #7  
73n95
CF Senior Member
 
73n95's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2015
Location: Jackson Wisconsin
Posts: 652
Likes: 0
Liked 71 Times in 65 Posts
Default

Considering 358,000 C4's were made, using a 10% survival rate (totally arbitrary, but sounds good) there would be some 35,000 driveable, serviceable C4's remaining. Just using seat-of-the-pants reconning I'd say that would be an reasonable number.
73n95 is offline  
Old 01-13-2017, 04:14 PM
  #8  
ghoastrider1
CF Senior Member
 
ghoastrider1's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2006
Location: indy indiana
Posts: 7,243
Liked 182 Times in 164 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by 73n95 View Post
Considering 358,000 C4's were made, using a 10% survival rate (totally arbitrary, but sounds good) there would be some 35,000 driveable, serviceable C4's remaining. Just using seat-of-the-pants reconning I'd say that would be an reasonable number.
taking it one step more ( I know its not right) that makes 70 c-4s left in each state and out of the 774 gold ones built, 77 with just more than one in each state. still a bunch. Mine really was a parts car I brought back and thinking that's starting to happen more often now.
ghoastrider1 is offline  
Old 01-13-2017, 06:41 PM
  #9  
Lt4-396
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Jul 2016
Posts: 321
Liked 20 Times in 18 Posts
Default

There really is no way to tell? I always thought there was a database or something since you occasionally here on tv this car is 1 out of XXX made and only X remain and are driveable, so how do they come up with that info?
Lt4-396 is offline  
Old 01-13-2017, 08:47 PM
  #10  
Silver96ce
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Mar 2012
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,492
Liked 55 Times in 50 Posts
Default

Out of nearly 360 thousand, I'd suspect that there are at least 100k survivors with thousands more that can be used as parts cars or brought back to life.

Silver96ce is offline  
Old 01-13-2017, 08:50 PM
  #11  
Churchkey
CF Senior Member
 
Churchkey's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2008
Location: Cherokee National Forest TN
Posts: 2,364
Likes: 0
Liked 87 Times in 79 Posts
Default

" How many C4's are still on the road? "

IDK but some have made it home

Old Harley joke, apologies.
Churchkey is offline  
The following 3 users liked this post by Churchkey:
hilflos (12-09-2018), Hot Rod Roy (12-07-2018), ihatebarkingdogs (12-09-2018)
Old 01-13-2017, 09:38 PM
  #12  
chevyman_ky
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Nov 2012
Location: cawood ky
Posts: 327
Liked 14 Times in 12 Posts
Default

I know of at least 5 in our small county there is 120 county's in this state so I would say that there are still quite a few around.
chevyman_ky is offline  
Old 01-13-2017, 10:25 PM
  #13  
BrandensBeast
CF Senior Member
 
BrandensBeast's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2015
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 2,220
Liked 142 Times in 135 Posts
Default

i'd say under 35%. Technically the whole time I owned mine it wasn't even on the road.

Last edited by BrandensBeast; 01-13-2017 at 10:26 PM.
BrandensBeast is offline  
Old 01-14-2017, 07:53 AM
  #14  
divotdug
CF Senior Member
 
divotdug's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 2016
Posts: 778
Liked 71 Times in 67 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Silver96ce View Post
Out of nearly 360 thousand, I'd suspect that there are at least 100k survivors with thousands more that can be used as parts cars or brought back to life.

That would be close to my guess. I can drive within a 5 square mile area of my house and find a couple dozen. I can drive up one road and there are 6 between 4 different car dealers.
divotdug is offline  
Old 01-14-2017, 08:11 AM
  #15  
ghoastrider1
CF Senior Member
 
ghoastrider1's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2006
Location: indy indiana
Posts: 7,243
Liked 182 Times in 164 Posts
Default

If C-4s start going up in price, therte will be alot more "saved" instead of parted out. I saw a thing a few days ago that stated C=5s, the older ones, mainly the Z-o6s, are going to start to climb in price. Nothing was said about the C-s so I reckon we continue to be the step child of Corvettes.

Last edited by ghoastrider1; 01-14-2017 at 08:11 AM.
ghoastrider1 is offline  
Old 01-14-2017, 08:38 AM
  #16  
Nokones
CF Senior Member
 
Nokones's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2015
Location: Temp in Sun City West, AZ Until I find a place with a huge RV Garage somewhere in the West Valley
Posts: 988
Liked 107 Times in 88 Posts
Default

Here's two. I've had the Ruby since brand new and I bought the 89 in 2001. Yes, the 89 is registered and insured.




Nokones is offline  
Old 01-15-2017, 02:23 PM
  #17  
bb62
CF Senior Member
 
bb62's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2004
Posts: 4,305
Likes: 0
Liked 95 Times in 73 Posts
Default

I'm seeing some very low estimates for surviving C4s. Perhaps it's true. But consider that the estimates for C1 and C2 Corvettes are about 50% for survival rate. Maybe because these are classics that are easier to restore and are worth more when restored. But C4s are much higher quality cars with better durability built into them. I recognize the relative value has had many C4s (perhaps like late C3s) relegate them to being drivers cars that were used up and discarded. I just find it hard to believe that only 10% or 30% (a couple of numbers estimated in this thread) survive. A 10% survival rate would make them rarer than existing C2 Corvettes.
bb62 is offline  
Old 01-18-2017, 12:41 AM
  #18  
Crossed Flags Fan
CF Senior Member
 
Crossed Flags Fan's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2006
Location: Make America Great-Remove Trump!
Posts: 2,762
Liked 248 Times in 153 Posts
Default Swag

129,461 as of Jan 14, 2017.
But there could be more, or maybe less.

Crossed Flags Fan is offline  
Old 01-18-2017, 04:15 AM
  #19  
Joe C
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Aug 2000
Posts: 10,783
Liked 507 Times in 440 Posts
Default

no way to tell, but I don't see many on the road, especially the earlier, pre-91 models. I see way more C7's than C4's for that fact. I do know of one, fairly nice, 84 that sits in the garage because on maintenance issues. the owner won't, or is able to, do the work, and is not willing to pay labor costs. so the car sits, and I know the car has been sitting for at least 3 years.

Last edited by Joe C; 01-18-2017 at 04:16 AM.
Joe C is offline  
Old 01-18-2017, 07:58 PM
  #20  
abdo
CF Senior Member
 
abdo's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2001
Location: Cohasset MN
Posts: 1,770
Liked 27 Times in 19 Posts
2017 Corvette of the Year Finalist
2016 C1 of Year Finalist
Default

Originally Posted by mickey5 View Post
Based on what I read on this forum there seems to be an increase in C4 prices lately...in the middle of winter as well. If price follows demand and availability there may be fewer in the marketplace. The improvement in the economy could also be at work. Time will tell.
I hope this is true. Although I don't plan on selling my original owner '86 Coupe, it is good to know that it may be worth more now than a few years ago. I think, however, that early C4s like mine are still going pretty low compared to the later C4s,
As to survival rates, I once read that 1957 Corvettes had about a 25% rate. I would think that C4s have a higher survival rate.
abdo is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: How many C4's are still on the road?


Sponsored Ads
Vendor Directory

Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: