Was the 1984 Corvette Really That Awesome?

Dateline: 7.24.12

An alternate look at the lowly 1984 C4 Corvette.

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The Illustrated Corvette Series continues on with its look back at the “first” of each generation Corvette. The latest issue of VETTE (November 2012) covers the first C4 1984 Corvette. It’s hard to believe that it was 29 years ago this summer that Dave McLellan and his team stunned the automotive press at the ‘84 press preview with the all-new ‘84 Corvette. I can sum it up with one expression, “Heads spun!”

Now, if are new to the Corvette hobby, you most likely know that as of today, an ‘84 Corvette is arguably the lowest valued Corvette on the market. But when you look back and read the reports and road tests, one can’t help but ask, “How could that be?!?” The quick answer is that the reason this happened was because the C4 Corvette improved so much, so fast. While the platform of a ‘96 Corvette (the last year for the C4) is the same, it might as well be a different car.

In the C4’s 13 model year run, here’s a short list of the big items that changed:

* Front and rear bumper covers, wheels and tires, front fender vents.

The revised throttle-body fuel-injection system was tweaked up 5-horsepower to 205-HP, so McLellan and his team were counting on lower weight, improved aerodynamics, better suspension, better brakes, and much bigger Z-rated tires to produce a vastly superior car. When presented to the press, grizzled Corvette critics were wowed! For two days in California, the press drove preproduction Corvettes on real roads and were stunned with improvement over the C3. Motor Trend said, “Corvette, A Star Is Born,” and Car and Driver gushed, “Corvette! Wherein, American takes on all comers!” The only stumble was that the Z51 suspension option was harsh on anything other than a smooth track, and was dialed back for ‘85.

Was the C4 as “finished” as the first C5 and C6? No, but it was a vastly superior to the C3 and a great beginning. Despite the price jump of $3,510 to $21,800, the longer production run saw sales jump 281-percent to the second best ever sales year for the Corvette at 51,870 units – vastly better sales than the first years of the C5 and C6 cars. Looking back, I’d call the ‘84 C4 Corvette a big success, but it’s ironic that today, ‘84 Corvettes  are dirt cheap. Unlike the ‘63 Sting Ray, being the “first” of the C4 generation gave the ‘84 Corvette nothing because the car quickly got so much better. – THE END


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