The Chevy Corvette has been an American icon for 67 years now, and it’s as much a part of U.S. history any other automobile. At a time when patriotism is running high and history is celebrated, it seems fitting that a Corvette should get the spotlight.
The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition convertible advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Lakeway, Texas. While the nomenclature “Collector Edition” would imply limited production volume, in this case there were 5,000 such models produced, which meant this Corvette was never exactly rare.
What makes this Vette special, though, is the fact that it (along with a similarly equipped Grand Sport version) represented a salute to the last year of the popular C4 models that had been produced since 1984. The C5 came out in 1997 with a full redesign.
Manual transmission 1996 Corvette Collector Editions were powered by the 330-horsepower LT4 V8, which was an upgrade from the 300-horsepower LT1 found in automatic versions, such as this one. Other specific Collector Edition features were the Sebring Silver exterior paint, 17-inch 5-spoke silver aluminum wheels, chrome emblems and perforated sport seats with Collector Edition embroidery. As equipped, this Corvette reached a price tag in the mid-$40,000s, which was a lot of money then (and still is today).
The Corvette has only 42,000 miles on its odometer, and it comes with service records back to the original owner. The seller states that it “handles and drives like new.” The mechanical and cosmetic condition have been kept up, and the tires were just replaced earlier this year.
The seller notes that the leather interior shows some wear but otherwise the car “needs nothing but a new owner to drive and pamper her.”
When the C4 originally debuted in 1983 for the 1984 model year, it was among the most-advanced cars for its time, including such things as a liquid crystal display in the instrument cluster. The model went through a series of engineering and performance enhancements over its 12-year run, and this 1996 Collector Edition represents the best of the best from that generation.
Of the 21,000 Corvettes sold that year, this could be one of the most-well-kept and lowest-mileage examples on the road.
The seller is asking $13,900 or best offer for this sporty piece of Americana.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.