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Pick of the Day: 1986 Chevrolet Corvette

A low-mileage C4 looking for a new home


One of the most iconic shapes from the 1980s was the wedge known as the fourth-generation Corvette.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1986 Chevrolet Corvette listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Tierra Verde, Florida. (Click the link to view the listing)

“This is a well-maintained, low-mileage, garage-kept C4. This 5.7-liter V8 is a dream to drive. It handles and runs like you would expect a Corvette to perform,” the seller states.

Jerry Palmer, under the direction of Dave McLellan, penned this design around 1980, and the car later went into production on the General Motors Y-body platform for the 1984 model year. Replacing the prior C3’s fiberglass bumpers were molded plastics, and the removable roof panel was available either in fiberglass or in clear acrylic material. Adding to the period-correct appeal were the aluminum 16-inch directional wheels lovingly referred to in the enthusiast community as “salad shooters.”

The odometer on this silver C4 coupe shows just 37,200 miles, which qualifies it as having low mileage considering the car is nearly 40 years old. Just in time for summer, it comes with the color-keyed removable Targa top. “The Targa top feature in my opinion is great,” the seller states. “It allows you to enjoy the feel of a convertible on those warm sunny days.”

The C4 had a unique tilt-forward hood and opening it up reveals the 5.7-liter V8 which mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The seller doesn’t outline any maintenance history but does state that the car runs and handles well, and the air conditioning blows cold as an added bonus.

The fourth-generation Corvette design lived on through the 1996 model year with various changes and special editions being added to the mix. Incidentally, designer Dave McLellan eventually published a book in 2002 called Corvette from the Inside that discussed his time as the model’s Chief Engineer between 1975 and 1992.

The listing concludes, “I have enjoyed my time of ownership, but it’s time to pass it on to someone who will continue to care for it, drive it, and enjoy it as I have.”

The seller is asking $17,000 for this nice older ‘Vette.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. Nice choice. I really like the gauge clusters on the 84-89 C4s! I’m sure those were considered to be quite futuristic looking for the times.


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