About C4 Corvettes

by Kevin Freeman

The C4 Corvette is a model that is highly sought after among car enthusiasts around the world. There are a number of features that set this model apart from the rest, each of which are considered essential knowledge to those who have a passion for cars. Whether your interest is in technical knowledge or simply understanding the attraction to the C4 model, these fun facts give a great deal of insight to the wonderful world of Corvettes.

Years Built

The C4 Corvette started production in the end of 1982, but it was marketed as a 1984 model, thus completely skipping over 1983 for mass production Corvettes. C4's continued to be produced, with varying modifications over the years, until 1996 when it was finally retired.


The C4 Corvette was the first model to be constructed with a plastic sheet molding compound. The new plastic construction would replace the traditional fiberglass bodies that had previously been used.


Although every C4 produced came standard with a 5.7 liter Chevrolet 350 engine, the C4 engine progressed through a number of modifications over the years. Beginning with an L83 V-8 in 1984, the L98 V-8 replaced it in 1985, followed by the 1990 LT5 V-8, the 1992 LT1 V-8, and the 1996 LT4 V-8, respectively.


In 1984, C4's came equipped with a Dough Nash "3+4" transmission that included an automatic electronic overdrive for the top 3 gears. This was replaced by a ZF 6-speed manual transmission. This lasted for the duration of the model.


The C4 Corvette quickly became famous for its controversial LCD in-dash speed and RPM displays, as well as its Pass Key I electronic anti-theft system, which recognized a tiny pellet within the correct keys that allowed the car to start.

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