Is there a car somewhere that represents the 80's better than a white Corvette C4 with a red interior? This car is the anthem of vintage awesomeness.
I have never really been a huge fan of the Chevrolet Corvette. Sure the C1, C2 and C3 are icons but as soon as the C4 came out, I always thought they started to look slightly too fat. The Corvette is the American sports car by excellence. It's decently fast, comfortable and has this big oldschool V8. But, as I said, it's not the kind of sports car I'd be looking for. However.
I came across a mint-condition Chevrolet C4 Cabriolet. It was bought new by a GM employee that worked in Switzerland. For many years, the car hasn't been driven and was left in a garage under a cover. Being now for sale, I had the opportunity to see the car for real. All I can say is that I was not really hooked by the idea of driving and shooting a Corvette C4 Cabriolet. But this feeling disappeared as soon as I saw the car.
I saw the car and my attention was immediately drawn towards its colour. Wow! I did not remember the last time I saw any white Corvette but wait for it... I got closer to the car and noticed a bright red interior. Bingo! I don't know why, but I was falling in love. Everything was perfect. The current owner did not try to make it look more modern or subtle, the car was just shouting loud "America in the 80's". Good thing or bad thing, I just like how honest this car is and how representative it is of its era. But the good part does not stop here.
I stepped in the car and, here I was, going back to the 1980's. I was not born yet but it made me feel like I knew everything about it. The digital gages, the chunky panels, cassette player and the extra comfortable seats. It really feels like going back in time. I took a look in the glovebox and found all the original documentation that was delivered with the car! Warranties, manuals, instructions, etc. All in english. I even managed to find the original sampler cassette delivered by Chevrolet to new owners to test the sound system! Truly, this little item made me think that I have found maybe the most original Corvette C4 in the entire country. I check if everything works and it does! The engine starts and I can hear the V8 growling. Nothing aggressive or too loud, just a deep satisfying sound. It is equipped with a manual gearbox and even though I would have had bad thoughts about it, it was actually pretty decent for an 1980's car.
The Chevrolet Corvette was produced for 12 years (1984-1996) which is a an enormous amount of time in the automotive industry. This car is actually from 1993 but it clearly has that 80's vibe. It was a complete redesign of the C3. It has a more angular design but the true Corvette spirit is still there. It was replaced by the C5 in 1996. The C4 is equipped with the 5.7 V8 that develops 282 hp. So, I did not actually think I would ever say this, but I really started to like this car. It is really nice to drive, comfortable, decently fast and has a very special and unique look.
Ok, it's not perfect. The automatic gearbox is really oldschool, you'd need your own gas station to run it, and don't be afraid of the built-quality. That's maybe why the Corvette C4 is the cheapest Corvette you can find on the second hand market. This one costs CHF 14'900.- and only has 49'300 km on the odo. That is quite a deal for one of the most original Corvette C4's in Switzerland. Obviously, it's not an important collector's car, but if you're looking for an affordable convertible V8 sports car that has a vintage vibe, that might just be it!
Chevrolet Corvette c4 convertible
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car that is currently on sale. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/