Sunday, February 19, 2017

C4 Me: 1995 Chevrolet Corvette

If you grew up after mid 1970's and into the 1980's, the amount of horsepower found in today's cars is literally insane.   I'll give you a new Tesla can hit 60 mph faster than I can pass wind, but is there any real fun in doing it?  To my mind, cars from the 1990's represent the sweet spot of price, ease of maintenance, computer involvement, and performance.  The C4 Corvettes are at the very bottom of the depreciation curve and offer ton of value and performance for the dollar.  Find this 1995 Chevrolet Corvette for sale in Avon, CT for $5,500 via craigslist.

The seller here writes up a very no nonsense ad about the car.  They state the reason for the sale is the car isn't being used enough.  The pertinent details are: 138,000 miles, 300 hp LT1 engine, 6 speed trans, runs great, and has C4 ZR1 wheels.  The targa roof is is cracked which the seller notes is a common issue because of a design flaw.

The late C4 Corvette has pop up headlights which have now gone the way of the dinosaur.  The hidden headlights carried on with the next generation C5 Corvette, but ended for good in 2004.  Here is a comprehensive list of all cars ever fitted with hidden headlamps.  

The LT1/6-speed car was good for a 5.7 0-60 time and 14 second 1/4 mile.  The super tall 6th gear allowed respectable gas mileage on the highway.  The CAGS (computer aided gear selection) system for fuel economy was a often mentioned annoying feature of cars with the 6 speed gearbox.

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Cory is slowly working on his 1995 Mercedes C36 AMG project and parting out a 1998 Mercedes C43 AMG.


  1. Actually, by 1995 the C4 looked quite decent. 300 bhp and a 6-speed has to be a formula for fun. I assume you can get a replacement targa panel. Is it possible to disable the computer-assisted gear selection?

    1. I recall reading in one of the car rags that serious 'vette owners hated the CAGS and went so far as to disable it, but no further details were given. I believe that's the feature that forces an upshift from first to fourth on anything less than 75% throttle. Sounds unbelievably annoying in a parking lot, or heavy traffic.

    2. Pretty sure I've seen kits to disable it for sale.

    3. Yep, it turns out there are lots of options, with Jalopnik finding the cheapest one, at $7. Some other solutions are only a few dollars more.

  2. This seems like a car to buy, have fun driving it for a few years and sell it for about the same as you paid for it. I thought this one must be an outlier but a quick check of my local Craigslist found a few similar deals.

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