Back in time: 1994 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

Back in time: 1994 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

At a time when used cars list unacceptable high prices, sellers keep a straight face and ask 20 grand for a '91 Buick Century. Today we pour Bright Aqua Metallic on this runaway fire with the best car General Motors made in 1992, and to be honest, in most of the years since 1953: the Corvette. Just in time for warmer rays, this C4 Florida special could be your tan-roofed cassette-playing ticket to summer fun.

Getrentacar.com picked other C4 Corvettes that went for a big money. A 1990 ZR-1 sold for $45,500 in February, while last May the record-breaking 1988 Callaway Sledgehammer surpassed a half million. This base convertible with 25,000 miles may not even touch the list price of the Century, and yet it is proof that GM knew how to build a world-class car while peddling throwaway sedans.

The fourth generation Corvette, like the Mako Shark C3 before it, lasted a long time. The C4 was first introduced for 1984 and tidied up for 1991, leaving after the 1996 model year. For two reasons, the 1992 model year was memorable. It marked the one millionth Corvette built and introduced the LT1 V8, which had the same displacement of 5.7 liters, but could finally breathe since the smog-choking 1980s were over. With 300 hp, 330 pounds of torque and a six-speed manual transmission, the base price of this car in 1992 is $40,145, equivalent to a loaded C8 in today's money.

It was first purchased in Florida, and the first owner must have used the luggage rack. It lacks a trim. Since then, this Vette has had sojourns in Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, and now New Jersey, where it sat with a slightly worn beige leather interior and the C4's signature 17-inch dish wheels. The Bright Aqua paint is not retro now that loud colors have made a triumphant return to high-end sports cars. Just look at the Belize Blue on a McLaren 720S Spider and tell us that it is not inspired by this drop-up C4. Fiberglass, carbon fiber — does it matter when the sun's out and the top comes off?

According to Corvsport, just 5875 convertibles left the Bowling Green plant for the 1992 model year. Hagerty values this car at $9500 in good condition and more than $20,000 in excellent condition. This Corvette may not be the last word among the C4 generation, but we dare you find another desirable used sports car that's selling for such little money.

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