Okay, we pick through the interwebs, searching for Corvette tidbits and news-worthy items. As you can imagine, there are both golden nuggets and fly-ridden cow patties to be found amid the ones and zeroes of the world-wide-web. There are also a lot of opinions to be found.
We recently stumbled upon this 1989 Corvette with severe modifications that MSN.com touted as bringing this particular C4 the ultimate exclusivity. Interestingly, the author started out claiming that “everyone hates the C4.” Really?
I understand that not everyone LIKES the C4 generation, but I wonder what circles that writer runs within to get that particular view? Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the C4 was Corvette’s gateway into the digital age. They used technologies never before found under the hood, dash and body panels of any Corvette before it. The suspensions were cutting-edge, and the never-before-seen electronics looked like something straight out of the space program. But I digress.
This particular C4 also reportedly wears 26 coats of “Candy Apple Red” paint, poured over what appears to be a somewhat popular widebody kit from the era called the “Stalker Widebody Kit.” Various companies offered widebody kits in hopes of cashing in on the widebody craze when these cars were valuable enough to spend over $5k on a body upgrade. This car was reportedly done by Jerry Roman of Roman Chariot in Cleveland Ohio and the dash plaque says, “Made Especially For Jerry Roman.” Perhaps used as his personal business card back in the day?
Apparently, this car was modified during that time before the bell-curve of depreciation stripped the C4 of its perceived value, as the body kit and paint are just the tip of the iceberg. Inside, the seats and door panels are draped in black leather with red, lizard-skin accents. The dash now wears a similar shade of red, which carries down over the center console. All in all, the work on the seat covers and door skins is quite good, whether you like the color or not.
Under the hood, the car shows its mileage more than its age. With just under 12,000 miles on the ticker, this car still wears most of its OEM components, save for a few chrome tidbits to put some show on the go. Behind that torquey Tuned-Port is a 700r4 auto, and we would assume the original Dana 36 rear diff.
Besides being dated in technology, these L98 Corvettes can be great drivers and a lot of fun. Great bargains can be found, but they’ll have many more miles on the odometer, and likely won’t have the extent of work done to this Corvette. Some will debate whether that’s a good thing or not, but if you’re looking for the ultimate in exclusivity in a C4, you’ll have to shell out almost $50,000 for this example. Listed by R & H Motorcar Group, the car is currently for sale and will likely experience the phenomenon akin to the custom car world, whereas the more “custom” you make a car, the more “specific” your potential market will become.
Time will tell how long it will take for this C4 to find its forever home, but when it does, we hope they drive the car and enjoy it for all it’s worth! Maybe we’ll even see it on the show field someday.