1988 Chevrolet Corvette
In 1988, the Corvette was still the king of American performance, and in roadster form it was the best example of General Motors' engineering might. Full of technology and with performance that could humble the best Europe had to offer, it is part of the foundation that gave us today's amazing C7. This clean convertible offers an awesome color combination, a fresh interior, and hails from a warm climate, so you know it's as clean as they come underneath. You could be forgiven for thinking that all early C4 Corvettes were red, but yes, it's true, there were other colors available. Repainted in 2010, bright white is a Corvette tradition as much as red might be, and with a bit of pearl in the finish you're not likely to see another one. It's in great condition, too, and the low-slung C4 still looks awesome 30 years later thanks to the Bowling Green assembly plant's well-known quality standards and excellent care since it was new. There are a few signs of use here and there, as you'd expect from a car built to be enjoyed, but it's pretty obvious that this one has always been someone's fair-weather flyer and not a daily driver (although it's certainly capable). If you like your Corvettes easy to drive and very clean this is a great choice and we have to admit that any Corvette convertible is going to attract plenty of attention. The red and leather interior is as futuristic as 1988 could make it, with digital gauges, a trip computer, and enough buttons to command the space shuttle. It was originally all red, but it was recently treated to new seat covers in red and white, which adds a bit of contrast that works quite well. Both seats are in excellent condition and are every bit as comfortable as they look once you master the unique step-in procedure the C4 requires. Cold A/C, a powerful Sony AM/FM/CD stereo, power windows and locks, cruise control, as well as a tilt wheel were all part of the package, making the Corvette a true grand touring car. Even the white convertible top, which stows invisibly under the flush-fitting deck lid, is in very good condition with a clear rear window. The L98 350 cubic inch V8 remained at 230 horsepower, which was the biggest number available in an American V8 (remember, this was 1988). Where it really excels, however, is torque production, and with the quick-shifting 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission, this car simply carves through traffic and is an incredible point-and-shoot machine. The engine bay is reasonably clean, with the familiar L98 long-tube induction system, and unlike so many of its siblings, it has not been modified or abused. It's in excellent shape and history has proven that it's virtually indestructible no matter how hard you drive it, and despite all the modifications available, it appears entirely stock. Underneath, this one is ultra clean, with evidence of its warm-climate history apparent everywhere you look. Beautiful chrome wheels from a late-model Corvette replace the originals, and it's a look that updates the car in a big way and allows the use of seriously big 235/45/17 front and 285/35/18 rear Michelin rubber. Get your piece of fiberglass history for a lot less than you'd expect. The performance is still impressive and there's nothing else quite like a Corvette roadster on the open road. Call today!