For less than the price of a Hyundai Accent, imagine yourself in a vibrant teal V-8 convertible. The mileage on this 1992 C4 Corvette is around 25,000 kilometres.
With five days to go, the automobile is up for auction on Bring a Trailer, with bidding at only $9600.
The auction will close on March 28th.
In an era when secondhand cars are listed for exorbitant prices, vendors keep a straight face and seek $20,000 for a 1991 Buick Century. Today, we’re dousing this raging inferno in Bright Aqua Metallic with the best car GM produced in 1992—and, to be honest, in almost any year since 1953: the Corvette. This C4 Florida special, just in time for warmer rays, maybe your tan-roofed, cassette-playing ticket to summer fun.
Other C4 Corvettes that sold for a lot of money have been featured on Bring a Trailer (which, like Car and Driver, is owned by Hearst Autos). In February, a 1990 ZR-1 sold for $45,500, while the record-breaking 1988 Callaway Sledgehammer sold for more than half a million dollars in May. GM knew how to produce a world-class automobile while peddling throwaway sedans, and this base convertible with 25,000 miles may not even come close to the Century’s sticker price.
Like the Mako Shark C3 before it, the fourth-generation Corvette had a long life. The C4 was first introduced in 1984 and was updated in 1991 before being discontinued in 1996. For two reasons, the 1992 model year stands apart. It was the one-millionth Corvette made, and it introduced the LT1 V8, which had the same 5.7-litre displacement as the previous generation but could finally breathe when the smog-choked 1980s were passed. The base price of $40,145 in 1992 equated to a loaded-up C8 in today’s money, with 300 horsepower, 330 pound-feet of torque, and a six-speed manual transmission.
It was bought in Florida, and the original owner must have used the luggage rack a lot because it’s missing a trim piece. This Vette has spent time in Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, and now New Jersey, where it’s sporting a mildly worn beige leather inside and the C4’s characteristic 17-inch dish wheels. Now that bright colours have made a victorious return on a high-end sports car, the Bright Aqua paint isn’t antiquated. Tell us the Belize Blue on a McLaren 720S Spider isn’t inspired by this droptop C4. When the sun shines and the top falls off, does it matter if it’s made of fibreglass or carbon fibre?
According to Corvsport, the Bowling Green plant produced only 5875 convertibles for the 1992 model year. This car is worth $9500 in good condition and more than $20,000 in outstanding condition, according to Hagerty. This Corvette may not be the last of the C4 generation, but we challenge you to locate another attractive secondhand sports car for such a low price right now.