This bright red 1990 Chevrolet Corvette convertible offers big fun
with a little price tag. Even today, the C4 is a potent street car,
and this one with an L98 and 6-speed manual transmission can more
than hold its own with some much more recent hardware. And there
really is nothing like cruising in your own Corvette roadster, and
this one will get you into all the great Corvette events around the
country for not a lot of scratch.
The creative types must have been on vacation when GM was coming up with Corvette colors in 1990, because it's merely called Bright Red. Whatever it's called, however, there's no mistaking that shape, which is one of the most distinctive ever created. This one has been driven and enjoyed, but still looks great, even 25 years after it was first taken home by an enthusiastic new owner. The car has been repainted, because a Corvette is inevitably going to get chips on that pointed nose, and the respray looks every bit as good as the original paint might have looked in 1990. The rear bumper shows no signs of damage, not even stress cracks that come from nudging the car behind you while parking, and the rockers haven't been beaten up by stray rocks flying off those wide-by-huge tires. Where some Corvettes of this vintage look tired and old, this one is crisp and fresh, backed by only 53,171 original miles.
The black leather interior is 100% original, however, unlike many convertibles, the interior hasn't been cooked by the sun and has been properly conditioned and maintained, so the leather is in excellent shape. The seats themselves remain firm and comfortable, and the cockpit is still a great place to do the serious business of driving. The half analog, half digital instrument panel is a cool relic of the time, and all the gauges are fully functional. Better yet, the ZF 6-speed is still one of the slickest-shifting manuals ever devised, and you just need to remember to goose the throttle on the 1-2 shift to avoid the "skip shift" feature. Almost everything was standard on Corvettes, and this one has cold A/C, power windows, locks, seats, and mirrors, cruise control, and a tilt steering column, so you'd be comfortable driving it today. Carpets are clean, the door panels are very good, and the recent white convertible top stows easily and seals up tightly. And as a bonus, this 'Vette also includes a rather rare removable hardtop, a $1995 option in 1990.
Tilt that massive clamshell hood forward and you'll find GM's evergreen L98 350 cubic inch V8. With Tuned-Port Injection, it generates enough low-end torque to pull a building off its foundation and pulls like a freight train through the gears. Despite being the most modification-friendly car in decades, this one seems to be completely stock save for a throaty dual exhaust system, meaning that it's bulletproof and likely to remain that way. The engine bay is quite clean and nicely maintained and the chassis looks like a fair-weather toy, not a daily driver, with original paint still visible on the floors and no chalky corrosion on the aluminum bits. Stock Corvette alloys are very good, and wear recent 275/40/17 Goodyear radials.
If you're a Corvette admirer, this is a great opportunity to get into a drop-top 'Vette for not a lot of money. The basics are all very, very good, all this one needs is a new home. Call today!