While there are still plenty of people out there with a lot love for the car, Chevrolet’s C4 Corvette isn’t worth very much anymore. That’s a good thing for the Corvette enthusiast on a budget, as they can pick up a decent C4 for about $10,000, and even less than that if they’re willing to put some work into the car.
The affordability of the C4 is also good for Roadkill’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, who had no qualms about chopping 600 lbs worth of fiberglass body panels off their C4 to make it faster around an autocross course. That was about five years ago, and they’ve now rescued the Corvette go-kart from their personal stash in an attempt to make it even faster.
After swapping in a new 350 engine and four-speed manual transmission, welding in a roll cage, upgrading the brakes, tires and wheels and installing headlights and tail lights, they take the C4 (or what’s left of it) out to Willow Springs to see if it’s as fast as a supercharged 640 horsepower Lingenfelter C7 Corvette. They have a lot less power, but the C4 go-kart only weighs in at 2,100 lbs, making for a fairly even matchup.
Check out the episode embedded below. But be warned, after watching it, you may have insatiable desire to rescue a junkyard Corvette, chop its body panels off and embarrass C7 owners at your local autocross.