Hardtop Included: 1993 Chevrolet Corvette 40th Anniversary – STILL $14,900
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February 28, 2023 Update – The seller replaced their expired listing with a fresh Craigslist ad in which the pictures, description, and $14,900 asking price remain the same.
The seller of this 1993 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Anniversary Edition opines that it is “…a good feeling to own a vehicle made in the USA that is appreciating.” I agree with this sentiment, but I wonder if the C4 chassis Corvette is the one to watch when evaluating America’s marquee sports car. For a few years, it seemed like the ZR-1 was the next performance car to explode in price, but I haven’t seen it happen…yet. This pretty 40th Anniversary car comes with the rare factory hardtop and is listed here on Craigslist in Fargo, North Dakota, for $14,900. Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide shows that the seller is asking for reasonable money, given that the average sale price is now clocking in at almost $18,000:
If you are serious about buying this white-on-white Corvette, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller in the Craigslist ad. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Corvette featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
So, back to the seller’s statement about the C4 Corvette increasing in value. I suppose we all want to believe this will happen to the cars and trucks we buy, as it’s a mild justification for the insanity that this hobby sometimes leads to. Sleepless nights over a door ding; hours on eBay looking for obsolete components; planning your driving season around specific car meets; making sure to interview any of the techs assigned to work on your car; and so on. We can stomach a lot of craziness knowing that our cars are at least staying flat value-wise, but we hope to see that line graph in the pricing guide model continue to rise. The C4 Corvette is underappreciated right now, but I’m not convinced it will ever rise significantly higher. Two big strikes against it: they made too many, and the model’s halo car – the fabled ZR-1 – is not considered a blue chip investment yet.
The EnthusiastTV YouTube Channel features this interesting comparison of a 1993 LT1 versus ZR1 Corvette:
The seller’s car certainly has a few things working in its favor, however, for someday being looked at as a collector’s item. And I mean an actual collector’s item, not according to whatever badge Chevrolet decided to slap on it under the premise of being “limited production.” First, the seller’s car’s color scheme is unique, featuring white paint, white leather, and a color-coordinated white hard top. Speaking of the hard top, this is a pretty rare item among C4 convertibles. While owners of drop-tops from other brands seemingly make a point of adding the factory removable hard top to their parts stash as a sort of “prize pig” among OEM accessories, the take rate among caretakers of C4 convertibles seems far lower given how infrequently we see a Corvette from this era equipped with one. The seller is located in Fargo, North Dakota, which I can tell you from personal experience is a miserable place to get a car shipped from in the winter. However, the seller will provide complimentary delivery in-state if you’re local.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1993 Corvette Convertible 40th Anniversary Collector Edition.
White car, White hard top, and white leather are unique and rare.
It is all original, automatic, 74,747 miles, soft top, and removable hardtop.
Factory Corvette 40th Anniversary Edition emblems are stamped on the car, adult owner, and garage kept. $14,900. obo
It is a good feeling to have a vehicle made in the USA that is increasing in value.
I will deliver it on a trailer to your garage in ND if you want.
email me with questions, and I will call you.”
C4 appreciation: will this era of Corvette ever rise in value, or have they already plateaued?