1990 Chevrolet Corvette $17,995
Right now, the biggest performance bang for your buck is unquestionably the C4 Corvette. Comfortable, reliable, and fast, they're everything you'd want in a modern sports car, and cars like this 1990 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible with just 47,457 original miles are a fantastic way to have fun without breaking the bank.
Bright Red has looked good on the Corvette practically from day one, so much so that Prince wrote a song about them. The C4 has aged quite well, still remaining an iconic design that resonates with enthusiasts who know that during its tenure, it was one of the most potent cars in the world with handling and braking to match. Today, finding an unmolested survivor that has been in adult hands all its life is rather rare, given their combination of performance and reasonable cost. Fortunately, this car survived quite nicely under the warm Texas sun since new and proudly wears its red paint and fiberglass skin in defiance of almost 30 years of service. As GM's flagship built in a dedicated factory in Bowling Green, KY, paint quality was above average on the 'Vette and thanks to all those low-ownership years of being someone's cherished toy, it looks as good as ever. Sure, it's not perfect, but there are really no major issues to speak of, only nitpick stuff. And nothing makes an entrance like a shiny red Corvette with a rumbling exhaust.
Corvettes were pushing technological barriers in 1990, and this convertible is equipped with just about every trick GM could dream up. The basics, of course, are covered: power locks and windows, A/C, and a tilt column, among others. The leather seats are in great condition with only very minor wear on the outer bolsters, which admittedly see a lot of action, with the rest of the interior looking quite good given its age, even better than you'd expect in fact. The digital/analog instrument panel still has bright, sharp markings and the digital gauges are a lot more legible and functional than you'd think. A powerful, stock AM/FM/Cassette stereo was left untouched (something very rare to see these days) and sounds great in the well-tailored, red Corvette cockpit. The black convertible top is great shape as well, but the coolest feature of all inside the cabin has to be the 6-speed manual shifter in the middle console, beckoning the owner to hop in and have some fun.
The 350 cubic inch L98 V8 (5.7L) was the mainstay for much of the C4's production run, eventually supplanted by the LT1. However, for many Corvette fans, there's just no substitute for the big hit of low-end torque delivered by the L98 and thanks to a vast aftermarket, performance upgrades are little more than a phone call away. However, aside from a new alternator and signs of maintenance throughout, this one carries all stock equipment. That means when you turn the key, it starts. When it's cold, it idles like it should. And yes, the torque is impressive, hurling the car forward like it was launched from the USS Nimitz's catapult. The 6-speed manual transmission is quick-witted and the only transmission performance lovers seek, and with that 6th gear, it just loafs along on the highway, making the C4 and ideal high-speed mode of travel. Powerful 4-wheel disc brakes, a reasonably comfortable adjustable suspension with fresh Bilstein shocks, and the stock alloys are wrapped in thick Kumho rubber all around that provide plenty of grip.
Representing incredible performance and incredible value, this Corvette definitely delivers on the promises made by its famous bodywork. Offered with its original owner's manual and a clean vehicle history report, this low-mileage C4 is the best sports car you can buy for under $20k. Call today!