Are you looking for your first Corvette? and want to get into the Corvette experience without spending a ton of money.With current prices for the C1 and C2 Corvettes, out of reach for first time buyer on a budget and C3 prices rapidly getting there and C5 and C6’s still pretty hard on the wallet, there is still hope. Look to the C4 Corvette as your first Corvette, you can stiil find plenty of C4 Corvette’s at cheap prices.
The C4 Corvette, while not as powerful as the C5 and C6’s, they still give you plenty of power. When the C4 Corvette was introduced in 1984 it was a very technloically advanced car and it has built upon it ever since.You get good power and great handling and plenty of Corvette fun, while not draining your bank account.With prices between 5000 and 10000 dollars there are great deals out there.
While searching for your first Corvette, be patient and of course always look at it in person, because pictures can often be misleading.When you find a decent car at a reasonable price, don’t worry if there are a few small problems. expect going in , that you may have to spend a few dollars to get it just right. after all you purchasing a 20, plus year old car, but we have you covered.
A few things to keep an eye out for are the normal C4 Corvette gremlins.First always check the tire’s as they can be rather expensive to replace and check for oil leaks. If the previous owner has good rubber on the corners and there are no major leaks you are in luck. Check all of the electronics and all the buttons, most of which are easy fixes and not too expensive. Another common problem with early C4 is the Low Coolant light, if the light remains on and the coolant level is fine it’s probably just the sensor, another simply fix. You will want to inspect theweather stripping, as you don’t want water pouring into your Corvette, also an easy fix and not too expensive.
Check the interior, especially the door sill and carpets and the seats as well. They can take a little abuse from getting into and out of the car. all these items are relatively cheap and can easily be replaced on a Saturday afternoon.
Another thing to look at is the wheels, flaking clear coat or gouges are a little unsightly but can be remidied easily, either after market wheels or refinishing them are quick fixes.
In the end, you will find that there ids a big difference between a ($) cheap Corvette and a “Cheap Corvette”. With some diligence in your search and patience you can get an all around good car, with plenty of performance and lots of fun. all at a reasonable price, with a C4 Corvette. And when you need parts for your first Corvette look no further than Ecklers Corvette, everything you need in one catalogue