Thursday, July 17, 2014

C is for Corinthian Leather: 1992 Corvette Coupe

"Corvettes' crappy chairs cramp your can," cite cynical car columnists. Can cuddly cushions calm curt complaints? Are computer-controlled gear changes criminal? Creamy cow cuts and chrome create a crisis for crotchety, chain-chested Chevy clientele compulsively clicking on Craigslist. Find this 57,000-mile 1992 Corvette Coupe with Z07 package in Liberty, MO for $6,800 via Craigslist.

To compete against sports cars from around the world, Chevy put its money in the Corvette's mechanicals. That's a polite way of saying it's cheap everywhere else. Indeed, Corvette seats are the subject of such scorn in automotive journalism, you would think they were made of ground-up Bengal tiger cubs. Power-adjustable leather seats were part of the Z07 package along with wider wheels and tires and make the car a canyon carver and cozy commuter.

Tragically, this Vette comes with a salvage title. From the ad: "Previous owner's wife found out he cheated and took a ball bat to the car." Comment corps, carefully curtail any crude Corvette owner cliches...

The best of this generation packs twice the horsepower of the worst of the previous, comes with an LT1 mated to a T56 6-speed, and can be had for about $10 grand. Manual or automatic, inferior seats or not, the C4 is a performance bargain. 

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  1. This just goes to show you life is too short to drive boring cars. You could buy this and beat on it for another 50K miles and leave it at the side of the ditch for less money than the econo can will depreciate in 3 years.


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