Thursday, September 17, 2009

Re-Thinking The Corvette (1984 Corvette)

I was talking with a friend a couple of nights ago and the subject of the Corvette came up.

I have to admit that I never thought much of Corvettes. They're not bad cars, but they're relatively common, were never up to supercar performance standards and were sold at the same dealerships, in the same showrooms, as cars like the Chevette, Nova and any number of other mundane-to-awful Chevrolets. They're just not the type of car I think about owning.

But the other night I was still thinking about the conversation and the Corvette when I got home, so out of curiosity I did a nationwide AutoTrader.com search. 7,825 cars turned up. That's not real surprising as there were a lot of Corvettes built. What was surprising is how many decent ones could be bought for relatively little money.

The 1984 Corvette pictured above is being offered by a dealer in Plymouth, IN.

The 1984 Corvette gets to 60 MPH in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 145 MPH. It pulls .90g on the skidpad, a very impressive number in 1984 and still very good today. It also came with a targa type roof instead of the t-tops that were familiar on previous Corvettes and a clam-shell type hood. The V8 engine sounds great. Parts are plentiful and, compared to other high performance cars, cheap. Those are the car's upsides.

The downsides are that the Corvette is poorly assembled and any Corvette this age will rattle like crazy. The ride is extremely harsh. Trim parts are cheaply made and don't hold up well. The interior is generic, except for the video-game style instrument cluster, which is just plain awful. There's also the whole mid-life crisis image of the Corvette to contend with.

Put that all together and it makes the Corvette seem like an OK car, but not a really great car. However, there is one other huge upside... The price. This car is being offered for $4900.00. This is not the only one for that kind of price, I chose this one randomly. There are plenty of similarly priced Corvettes available.

I look at the Corvette a little differently now. If you can put up with the poor build quality, the idiotic instrument cluster and the Corvette "image", a used Corvette is a lot of car for not a lot of money.

Click here to see the AutoTrader.com listing for this Corvette.

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