Unmolested C4: 1984 Corvette 4+3 Manual – Sold?
January 3, 2020 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
The Unloved Corvette: the new-for-1984 C4. There’s a place in our heart for unmolested examples such as the black-on-black leather, manual transmission-equipped, 71K original mile example originally listed in November 2019 on Craigslist in Howell, New Jersey where the private seller Todd is currently asking $5,500 or best offer for it. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide confirms the current caretaker has his Corvette priced $500 less than the #3 “Good” estimate of $6,000.
After a long 14-year production run, Chevrolet planned to replace its aging C3 Corvette with the all-new C4 version for the 1983 model year to correspond with the car’s 30 anniversary. Unfortunately, production delays prevented the car from becoming publicly available until the spring of 1983, so Chevrolet decided to forego a 1983 model altogether and launched the new car as an early 1984 model.
The exterior was a modern, more aerodynamic interpretation of the original 1963 Sting Ray. Unfortunately, under the clamshell-style hood from the 81-82 C3 Corvette was Chevrolet’s L83 5.7 Liter “CrossFire” V8 producing just 205 horsepower. After not certifying a manual transmission for 1982, for 1984 Chevrolet offered a Doug Nash “4+3” which consisted of a four-speed manual, with overdrives on the top three gears. The 700R4 automatic was also available as an option.
Before you join the crowd and pan this 1984 Corvette, do yourself a favor: drive an early 1980s vintage C3 and then get behind the wheel of this C4. Doing so will provide you with a reference point of just what an improvement the C4 was at the time. While Chevrolet continuously improved the C4 during its twelve-year model run so better versions can be had, an unmolested C4 is a great bargain that not only gains you admittance to any Corvette event you choose, this example is also RADwood eligible. Regardless of which event you decide to drive this C4 to, good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
71,000 original miles
4+3 Doug Nash manual trans. (Overdrive works)
custom exhaust (sounds amazing)
Removable fiberglass targa top
digital dash rebuilt
never seen rain or snow garage kept.
all power options work
pretty fast for a crossfire with the mods (upped fuel pressure and timing also)
Chiltons and shop manual included
Get in and drive anywhere, gets looks everywhere.“
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