44K Miles: 1989 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

May 13, 2022 Update – The seller just agreed to lower their asking price to $16,900.

April 13, 2022 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $19,000, so we’ve moved this 1989 Chevrolet Corvette to our “Rides Still Available” Page. If you are serious about buying this 44K original mile Corvette, you can click the blue “Buy Now or Make an Offer” button below to navigate to the bidding page where you can agree to pay the $19,000 reserve or enter a reasonable counter-offer we will present to the seller.

GuysWithRides.com is proud to offer this 44K original mile, Dark Red Metallic over Saddle leather, 1989 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible in an online, reserve-style auction on behalf of the current caretaker. Bidding opens Wednesday, March 16, 2022, and will run for fourteen (14) consecutive days ending at 7:00 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

This Corvette currently resides in the Chicago suburbs just minutes from O’Hare International Airport.

(NOTE: Click on the picture below to expand and navigate the pictures. Scroll down to see all photographs)

Introduced for the 1984 model year, Chevrolet engineers made incremental improvements in all areas. For 1988, engineers revised the front and rear suspension geometry, installed bigger brakes, upgraded the engine, and now offered optional seventeen-inch wheels and tires. Comfort and convenience also improved with a host of minor changes that included a quieter and lighter air-conditioning compressor, an improved ventilation system, and the addition to the standard-equipment list of power locks, cruise control, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo system.

Small by today’s ridiculous rubber-band-sideway standards, the 1998 Corvette was one of the first cars to feature seventeen-inch wheels shod with a wider, lower-profile 275/40ZR-17 Goodyear Eagles. Supporting the larger wheels was a revised suspension that featured redesigned control arms, hubs, pickup points, shock mounts, and spring and anti-roll-bar links. While they were at it, Corvette engineers upgraded the brakes with new two-piston calipers up front, slightly thicker calipers, and larger brake pads that combined to increase resistance to fade.

The latest version of the fuel-injected, 5.7-liter V-8 benefits from freer-flowing ports, aluminum heads, and a revised camshaft increased horsepower from 230 to 245.  Equipped with the four-speed automatic transmission and the optional 3.07:1 axle ratio Corvettes were now capable of 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds on their way to a 154-mph top speed.

For the 1989 model year, there were two big updates.  A new Getrag-developed six-speed manual transmission replaced the Doug Nash “4+3” unit.  For the first time since the Chevrolet launched the C4 convertible in 1986, 1989 Corvette ragtop buyers could opt for an optional hardtop for $1,995. Developed by American Sunroof Company (“ASC”), the fiberglass design became an integral part of the Corvette’s body structure with nine bolts needed to hold it into place. The design was strong enough to meet federal rollover standards for fixed-roof cars and improved hard-top-equipped convertible body’s torsional rigidity to be fifteen percent stiffer than the coupe’s.

Robert, the current caretaker of this 1989 Corvette convertible, found the car sale by the second owner over the winter in northern Wisconsin. under his ownership, he has detailed the car and is in the process of replacing the original sun visors with matching Chevrolet-sourced new units.

The complimentary CarFax® below documents the car’s regular service and mileage since new.  To review the CarFax, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:

A Complimentary Lemon Squad Pre-Purchase Inspection was just completed on April 2, 2022 confirming the quality of this low-mileage Corvette.

 

To help you make informed bids, here is a summary of the Hagerty Insurance Online valuation table based on the car’s condition and options.  Note the values are net of a $1,000 add for the optional hardtop combined with an eight percent deduction for the four-speed automatic:

Additionally, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

The following gallery contains the pictures originally provided by the seller. Click on any picture to expand and start the navigation.  Subsequent galleries below this one contain the extensive pictures taken by the Lemon Squad Inspector on April 2, 2022.

Here’s the Exterior Photograph Gallery.  Click on a desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures

Here’s the Interior Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Underhood Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Undercarriage, Tires, and Wheels Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Convertible Top & Windows Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Documentation Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

If you have any questions about this 1989 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

2 Comments
  1. Kai z

    What is the reserve amount for the vehicle? I’d like to bid but if 1,500 isn’t the reserve amount, I would like to know before I place a bid so I can bid accordingly. Looking to get this car for my old man and just want to see how much is the lowest you’ll take.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Like any auction, we cannot divulge the reserve price. We do, however, provide a “Reserve Meter” on the bid page that provides a visual representation of how close the current high bid is to the reserve price.

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