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Old 05-10-2019, 02:49 PM
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In looks...I think it might be the most underrated Vette. Granted, I personally think it's hard to find rims for it that "pop", I still think it's an attractive car.
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:51 PM
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Lots of people think the C5 most underrated, but the C4 always kind of reminded me of Tubbs' Ferrari in Miami Vice lol
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That's probably because the 'Ferrari' was a replica based on the Corvette (although a C3). I think it was actually Crockett's car though.
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Old 05-10-2019, 03:39 PM
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Crockett drove the Ferrari, Tubbs drove a vintage Caddy:



When the original Ferrari Daytona Spyder was destroyed (via a rocket launcher sales demonstration), the Ferrari Testarossa replaced it... again it was Crockett's ride.
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Ferrari had a fit over the Corvette Ferrari. Hense the destruction of the fake and a genuine Ferrari replacement.
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YUP!!!

Best one ever!


Except....

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Old 05-10-2019, 07:25 PM
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Loved the first two C4s so much that I recently purchased the '89 MN6 vert.

The seat fit is excellent (for me), the digi-dash is great and love the "clam".
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There was also a reskinned Pantera in Miami Vice for a while I believe in addition to the reskinned Vettes.
I also agree the C4 is one of the better Vettes but underappreciated by many.
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:33 PM
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Id agree with underappreciated, nice body but the interior people loved/hated, the wheels same thing.
Still, for what they cost they offer a lot. Little torque, corner good with AC and a few creature comforts.
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Definitely underrated, both in terms of performance and looks. Pictures tend to rarely show the curves that are actually there and the praise given to the later generations doesn't help as somehow the improvements brought by the C4 seem easily forgotten. In its day it was compared to the 911 and Testarossa for crying out loud and it didn't come off as simply a slightly sportier muscle car.

As for wheels, I have started looking for 18-inch wheels as there is limited tire selection for 275/40r17 compared to 285/35r18. But finding something that looks good on these cars is hard. Most of the wheels I've seen at meetups don't really look good on the car. Too bad there aren't any sawblades in 18x9.5, they really fit in with the car but maybe some day I'll find some matte black Y-spoke design that works...
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The C4 is known for handling, rough ride, noisey, and less than elegant enter and exit. Because until the LT series of engines, they were slow in the 1/4 mile. Which is the most important thing in the U.S. market. It's also the last small Corvette.
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by 4theboy View Post
That's probably because the 'Ferrari' was a replica based on the Corvette (although a C3). I think it was actually Crockett's car though.
I may have heard that at one point in the past but if I did I forgot about it. Interesting. You are right it was Crockett's.

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Id agree with underappreciated, nice body but the interior people loved/hated, the wheels same thing.
Still, for what they cost they offer a lot. Little torque, corner good with AC and a few creature comforts.
I had an oppurtunity to buy a couple of them within the last year at around $5K (some under that). I mean, for the one and only car I had hung up on my wall as a little boy, that's not bad at all. I gotta have a manual, though - I think they are a little harder to find.

There was a mint IIR '86 red manual that was for sale an hour from me, last fall (nice time to buy a Vette here in MN as you will basically not be driving it for 6 months) with under 70K miles on odometer and yes it was a manual. Dang maybe I should have just bought it.



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Definitely underrated, both in terms of performance and looks. Pictures tend to rarely show the curves that are actually there and the praise given to the later generations doesn't help as somehow the improvements brought by the C4 seem easily forgotten. In its day it was compared to the 911 and Testarossa for crying out loud and it didn't come off as simply a slightly sportier muscle car.

As for wheels, I have started looking for 18-inch wheels as there is limited tire selection for 275/40r17 compared to 285/35r18. But finding something that looks good on these cars is hard. Most of the wheels I've seen at meetups don't really look good on the car. Too bad there aren't any sawblades in 18x9.5, they really fit in with the car but maybe some day I'll find some matte black Y-spoke design that works...

I completely agree. For some reason I don't like a lot of rims I see on them. Coilovers really clean the car up, as well.
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Easily
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I definitely think they are the red headed step child of the corvette family. I love mine though. There is something very charming about the car overall. I really like the rawness of them. My dad recently got a C6 and I've driven it a handful of times. The extra power is nice. The LS2 pulls hard when you put your foot down, but that's about it for me. When you push his hard it feels kind of floaty in the turns to the point of almost scaring me. In comparison his rides like a Caddy compared to mine. I don't really care much for the seats I don't think they are as comfortable as the ones in my car. I also think the driving position is weird in the C6 compared to the C4. In his I feel like I'm driving a normal car because of how high up I feel. The seating position in mine your butt is pretty much scraping the road as you go along. I kind of like it though. It gives the car a more connected feeling with the road. As far as wheels go in my opinion a lot of the OE wheels look good on them. I have grand sport wheels on mine. I know everyone and their mom has that style of wheel on a C4, but there's good reason...I think they look really good on them. I feel like my dream build would be a 96 with a LS. Even a stock LS1 or LS2 with a 6 speed and a well sorted suspension would really be kind of a best of both worlds scenario. All the charm of the C4 with modern Corvette tech.
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Under rated yes but the market seems to be picking up for C4s.

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*Heavy breathing* I'm a sucker for white. Lol
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Originally Posted by Z51JEFF View Post
Under rated yes but the market seems to be picking up for C4s.


When I see a car like this I think to myself why would anyone consider any other car from the 80’s or 90’s. The stance and wheels are perfect!

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Old 05-11-2019, 11:42 AM
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Yeah - that second pic with the black rims (I generally don't like black rims so I probably won't go black) is what I will be shooting for when I buy mine.
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I wasn't a big fan of the all black but i think these with the polished face look good on a 35th.
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Yeah - that second pic with the black rims (I generally don't like black rims so I probably won't go black) is what I will be shooting for when I buy mine.
I absolutely HATE HATE HATE HATE black wheels,that is a wheel that is completely black. These are GS A-molds that have a brushed lip. I really liked the wheels but everybodyís got a set on something so they had to go. Donít know whatís I hate more,a black wheel or Torq Thrust IIs.
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