Now that values have safely settled into a known range, the C4 Corvettes are a fantastic, fun investment in the old car hobby. This 1989 Corvette convertible is the kind that you'll see decades from now as a highly-sought survivor, especially with a great color combination and desirable 6-speed manual transmission, which was introduced this year.
Code 28 Dark Blue Metallic is a sublime color on the C4, perfectly capturing the dual nature of Chevy's plastic sports car. On the one hand, it's a 'Vette, and you know it takes no prisoners, but on the other, it's actually elegant and well-appointed, a luxurious machine that definitely represents the top-of-the-line. The dark blue metallic finish will never go out of style, and thanks to two caring owners over the past two-and-a-half decades it remains in decent condition throughout. The way this car looks today means that it still draws appreciative stares out on the road and more than a few people will just come right out and tell you how gorgeous they think it is. The fit and finish are very good, indicative of the major quality-control improvements made at the Bowling Green factory during C4 production. Sure, there are some signs of age, but the Greenwood rear wing gives it an aggressive look that draws the eyes away from the flaws.
The tan leather upholstery is the ideal complement to the dark green paint, with supple hides covering the optional articulated sport seats. There's some minor wear on the high-traffic areas like the driver's side bolsters, but you can easily see that this is a well-maintained car in the sharpness of the details and overall fresh look. Just about everything was standard on the Corvette, including power windows and locks, powerful A/C, cruise control, and a comprehensive set of instruments, and the intervening years have proven that the hardware is very reliable and robust. The carpets are a little worn simply because the sills are high wear areas, but the rest looks pretty darned good. The convertible top gives the entire car an upscale look when it's up, and like all Corvettes, it stows quickly and easily in a matter of seconds under a hard deck that gives it an uninterrupted line from nose to tail. And as a bonus, this car includes a removable hardtop, a rather rare option that cost a whopping $1995.
Chevy's L98 350 cubic inch V8 was a mainstay of early C4 production, and history has demonstrated that it's one of the most reliable and durable powerplants to ever wear the crossed-flags emblem. A veritable torque factory, it delivers the kind of neck-snapping performance that makes grown men laugh out loud and even in stock form, this Corvette is more than a match for most anything else on the street, even today. While there are millions of aftermarket upgrade parts available, this convertible's V8 is almost entirely stock, adding to its credentials as a smart buy. No abuse, no questionable mods, just a clean, car that's obviously led a very good life. The ZF 6-speed manual is plenty tough and while this car has the typical C4 Corvette throwout bearing grumble, it doesn't affect how it runs and drives. Tall rear gears mean that it just loafs along on the highway and actually pulls down decent fuel economy thanks to a towering overdrive 6th. Polished C5 Corvette wheels look great and carry staggered 245/45/17 front and 275/40/18 rear performance radials.
This is a really smart buy, especially at this price. But it's so pretty, we don't really think you'll have to convince yourself to take it home. Call today!