History Has Been Kind: This Review Of The 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Is A Good Reminder Of This Platform In Its Prime


History Has Been Kind: This Review Of The 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Is A Good Reminder Of This Platform In Its Prime

As we all know, the C4 Corvette has spent a few years at the bottom of the preference barrel of hot rodders and it’s been the butt of many jokes. But like all things, old stuff goes in cycles and as of now, the C4 is on the upswing. The cars are becoming more expensive to buy used (not long ago, people would nearly pay YOU to take them) and the respect level for the C4 is also on the rise. When older cars look quaint as opposed to their modern counterparts the jokes can sting. Eventually nostalgia takes over and people want that thing they couldn’t have when it was new. The C4 Corvette is in that part of its afterlife now.

Taking a look back at the 1988 car here we see some of the common complaints that people still have. The ride ain’t great, the transmission ain’t great, but the performance per dollar is still off the charts. It’s interesting that styling is not touched on here because looking at the other cars on the road in 1988, the Corvette was a show stopper.

We think that in the looks department, these have aged well. With a little ride height adjustment, some modern wheels and rubber, and a paint hue that is current, these cars look amazing.

So what do you think? Just happy nostalgia or are C4 Corvettes still hanging in as the used performance deal of 2021?

Press play below to see this review of the 1988 Corvette – Some C4 Goodness!


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5 thoughts on “History Has Been Kind: This Review Of The 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Is A Good Reminder Of This Platform In Its Prime

  1. Love my C4

    My wife bought an ’85 Corvette brand new. It was a daily driver for 10 years. Since then it’s been our extra car that we drive when we want to have fun. We always get compliments when we drive it. I think the other generation Vette owners are the only ones that look down their noses.

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  2. David Sanborn

    The ’90 C4 convertible with 6-speed parked in my driveway entirely agrees with this: they look great, they perform well and they’re fun. The interior in ours makes the C5 look like it’s from a Sunfire. It just looks more sports oriented and uncompromised by quibbles like a wide door sill than the generation after it.

    Still, I guess anyone stiff and unlimber might want to look elsewhere, or do a little yoga before buying one.

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  3. Wesley

    Corvette Challenge? They won so much, no one would race against them. Had an ’84, and a ’90. They are more car than most people can handle. Bargain performance. Go buy one. Insurance is cheap, great on gas, when appropriate, and parts a plenty. Getting in and out? You will get over it!

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