1988 Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition – Sold?

Jan 2021 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

February 5, 2021 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.

January 27, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the private seller of this very white 1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition just lowered their asking price from $18,750 to $16,500.

Once Chevrolet caught the “special edition” bug (and their associated higher profit margins) with the 1978 Corvette, designers used a variety of mild-to-wild color schemes for each iteration. While many might say the purple-over-yellow 1998 C5 Indy 500 Pace Car edition was the wildest to date, we disagree. In our humble opinion, the wildest special edition Corvette ever ironically relied on the most boring color imaginable.  The 1988 35th Corvette used bright white everywhere: wheels, seats, and even the steering wheel featured the monotone bright white scheme.

If you ever wondered how hard it is to keep white leather looking like new, this 1998 Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary edition with only 12,205 original miles provides a glimpse.  The private seller coyly does not show straight-on pictures of the seats but mentions in his description they need to be recovered in order for this Corvette to be show-ready. The partial picture of the passenger seat shows a hide nearly completely ripped away, so we wonder whether aggressive cleaning with the wrong product dried out the leather despite the ultra-low mileage. Close-ups of the steering wheel and driver’s seat illustrate just how easily worn white leather can look if not properly cared for…daily.

Number 455 of 2050 produced is reported to be a nicely documented two-owner example originally listed in December 2020 on Craigslist for $18,750 in Cohasset, Massachusetts.  The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the current ask falls between this guide’s current #3 “Good” estimate of $11,400 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $24,500. 

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary 2 owner 12k original miles #455 of 2050 made has complete book/ manual set commemorative poster with the serial number still laminated both sets of keys all original paint new tires and battery clear NY title just needs new leather seats to be show ready”

Show or go: what would you do with this low-mileage Corvette?  Comment below and let us know!

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