Four-Door C3 Corvette For Sale On Craigslist

Try and purchase one of the original 1969 ZL-1 Corvettes, and you’ll instantly see how their rarity contributes to their value. Now, keep that in mind when you view this also-rare, one-of-two remaining 1980 four-door Corvette. Sure, it may not have the torque of the aluminum-block 427, but it was envisioned by Chevrolet for a specific purpose. Thanks to attrition and neglect, it is only one of two left from the original half-dozen (five production and one prototype) examples built.

Officially called Corvette America, Chevrolet intended them to be built at a rate of 40 units per year. The four-door Corvette’s assembly was handed off to California Custom Coach in Pasadena, California, and entailed two Corvettes being severed in half, with the two usable parts fused in the middle. This lengthened the entire car’s wheelbase by 30 inches.

The factory V8 of one donor car is retained to power the vehicle. This car has remained completely stock over the last, almost four decades.

The five production Corvettes were special-ordered, but due to the fact that owning one would cost more than the price of owning two brand-new Corvettes, only five were ever completed. The radical changes and inclusion of another set of doors meant that all door latches were now operated electronically. If you look closely, you’ll notice that there are no door latches on this car. The rear hatch also operates remotely and opens to allow stuffing items into the rear compartment without climbing over the other passengers.

T-Tops were retained, but doubled, giving both front and rear passengers that open-sky view.

This particular example is reportedly the one used by Road & Track back in the day to promote the custom Corvette. While it may have made for the ultimate family truckster in the ’80s, this particular car didn’t get used all that often and only has 20,000 miles on the clock. It is currently for sale on Craigslist by NBS Auto Showroom in Milpitas, California.

The low-mileage car is still as stock as a custom-assembled car can be, and only has 20,000 miles on the odometer. The quartet of window switches is the only tip-off that something is amiss.

Enjoying the same rarity as the famed ZL-1 Corvettes, and likely the subject of rumor, but just as rarely seen as it’s big-block brethren, one has to ask what the value of such an oddity may actually be? If NBS Auto Showroom has any say, they’re betting that an enthusiast of super-rare Corvettes that isn’t quite quick enough to catch a ZL-1, may be willing to part with over 200-K to have “the other one” in their collection.

Storage is greatly simplified by the rear hatch. And storage space is increased by folding down the rear seats.

Whether or not you agree with the price is irrelevant, but you have to admit that as far as rarity is concerned, it’s right up there with the best of them, even more-so than the coveted ’63 Grand Sports. Let that sink in!

About the author

Andy Bolig

Andy has been intrigued by mechanical things all of his life and enjoys tinkering with cars of all makes and ages. Finding value in style points, he can appreciate cars of all power and performance levels. Andy is an avid railfan and gets his “high” by flying radio-controlled model airplanes when time permits. He keeps his feet firmly grounded by working on his two street rods and his supercharged C4 Corvette. Whether planes, trains, motorcycles, or automobiles, Andy has immersed himself in a world driven by internal combustion.
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