Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Of the many special edition C4 Corvettes that rolled out over its lengthy 12-year lifespan, few were more attractive than the 40th Anniversary cars in 1993. With gorgeous Ruby Red anniversary paint, they stood out from the other offerings that year, and today they always get positive comments when you're at the gas station or stopped at a light.
This Anniversary coupe sports only 65,839 original miles, which translates to about 2800 miles per year. That means no snow, no daily grind in rush-hour traffic, and no parking lot commutes, just light weekend jaunts from car show to car show. The finish is sparkling in the sunlight, and the Ruby Red paint is definitely the right choice for a celebration model. This one shows very little signs of use, with a clean nose, no rocker panel scuffs, and an incredibly glossy finish that has obviously been lovingly waxed on a regular basis. Obviously, this car has lived in a garage its entire life and been pampered from Day 1, and although it doesn't look showroom-fresh anymore, it's still incredibly well-preserved and ready to be shown off with great pride. This is a low-ownership car that's spent the majority of its life in the South, meaning no rust, no salt, and no underbody issues that even on the fiberglass Corvette can be a problem. There's no evidence of accident damage, either (and the Vehicle History Report shows no accidents), so if you're looking for a super-solid, all-original C4 convertible with low miles, it would be hard to do better than this.
40th Anniversary Corvettes also got a special treatment inside, with a matching Ruby Red leather interior featuring sporty bucket seats. Showing very little wear inside as well, with no splits or tears or anything else to speak of other than the usual 'comfort marks' on the seats (oddly enough, the passenger's seat shows a little more wear than the driver's seat choose your passengers wisely!), the interior has a comfortable, warm and inviting look despite its obvious sporty pedigree, which is how the Corvette prefers it. This one was loaded up with options, too, pretty much all the best that 1993 had to offer. The Anniversary package, which was available on any Corvette, added a power passenger seat as well as the custom embroidery on the headrests, and this car also includes electronic climate control, a Delco/Bose entertainment system, and a six-way power driver's seat. Overhead there's a color-matched manual convertible top, and it buttons up neatly to shield the cabin away from the elements, while also storing away flush behind the seats. Everything works (even the map lights on the rear view mirror and visors still illuminate), including the cool digital/analog instrument panel that works better than you might think at first glance, and the factory A/C blows hard and cold today.
Power comes from Chevrolet's legendary 5.7L LT1 V8, which made 300 horsepower in 1993, a very impressive amount today, let alone almost 30 years ago. Performance is entertaining, especially with the 6-speed manual transmission, which is the ZF S6-40 triple overdrive model that shifts smoothly and is a perfect and incredibly fun match to the LT1. There are few better point-and-shoot weapons on the highway than this car (especially for under $25K), and if you see a space in traffic, punch it and the car roars forward with an amazing symphony that emits from the pair of chambered mufflers. Some of the most powerful brakes of the era were a Corvette trademark, and by 1993, the suspension was supple, yet energetic delivering one of the best grand tourers of the era. You can see how clean the engine bay is in photos, and there are no questionable modifications, even the valve covers and intake system were left OEM. The original, unblemished 17-inch Anniversary wheels with Ruby Red center caps wear a set of contemporary 255/45/17 front and 285/40/17 rear Goodyear Eagle F1 radials, just like on the newer Corvettes. Nice!
C4 Corvettes remain screaming bargains, with a ton of performance and a design that is aging gracefully. Powerful, fast, and with the 40th Anniversary package, downright beautiful, this is a lot of fun for not a lot of scratch. Call today!
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