Pirelli run-flats on stock chrome C5 wheels provide the rolling power, with black powder- coated calipers handling the whoa-power.
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1982: To commemorate the last year of C3 production, Chevy built 6,759 Collector’s Edition Corvettes, all with bespoke silver and beige paint and an opening rear hatch. Total production for the year was 25,407 units. 1982 was also the last year for the optional in-dash 8-track tape deck, which followed elephant bells, feathered hair, and male jumpsuits into the dustbin of history. 1983: As they say on ESPN, it was a rebuilding year. Although no 1983 model-year Corvettes were officially built, 43 prototypes of the upcoming 1984 model were assembled in Bowling Green, and are sometimes referred to as “1983 models.” The 750,000th Corvette (a 1984 C4) is produced on October 26, 1983. 1984: Chief engineer Dave McLellan finally starts fresh with a new and smaller- perimeter frame, forged aluminum control arms, power rack-and-pinion steering, and a slippery exterior. The Stingray name goes into hiber- nation, where it slumbers next to – initially at least – powerful engine options. Introduced in March 1983, the C4 features 205 horsepower, 290 lb-ft of torque, a one-piece removable roof panel, and digital instruments. Drag coefficient clocks in at a claimed 0.34, 24-percent more efficient than that of its predecessor. A road-test report by Brock Yates called attention to the 0.90-g skidpad grip (then a C/D record), phenomenal braking, sub-seven-second 0–60 acceleration, and 138-mph top speed. “This is a dead- serious sports car,” writes Yates. “It defers to the bizarre only with its video-game instrument panel, which features all manner of multicolored, liquid-crystal bar graphs, and digital displays in metric and English.” The base price is $21,800, and 51,547 1984 Vettes are produced.
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