The introduction of the Corvette C4 was, in a way, similar to the advent of the current model. Both models ushered in new styling elements, new technology and represented a tidal shift in the model’s evolution.
The C4 eschewed the sumptuous curves and rolling fenders of the C3 for a fiberglass bodywork that was altogether more sculpted and chiseled. But this big step had to be taken properly.
So, Chevrolet built a remarkable 44 prototype models to help iron out any kinks in the new chassis and technology it planned to shove into the forthcoming model (like a digital dashboard and new Targa top). While none of those mules made onto the market, there is a C4 listed at Mecum Monterey (August 13-15) that is sure to get Corvette fans drooling.
It is the very first C4 ever released to the public.
Kept by just two owners since it was purchased from new in 1984, this white-on-graphite example also comes equipped with some standout features like the Z51 Performance Handling Package; heavy-duty shocks; six-way power driver’s seat; power windows; tilt/telescope wheel, and those infamous 16-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels. Naturally, a 305 cubic-inch (iron block) V8 good for 290 hp lies up front.
Those looking to verify its authenticity will be pleased to find a build sheet from the National Corvette Museum, a window sticker, service records, and a copy of the original title. Of course, such status doesn’t come cheap and Mecum estimates it’ll go for somewhere in the $75,000-$100,000 range.
That’s not cheap by any means, but at least you’ll walk away with a sizeable slice of snow-colored Corvette memorabilia.