The fact that no Corvettes were produced for the '83 model year alerted people that something was up and indeed by the time 1984 rolled around anticipation was at a fever pitch. Few people were disappointed with the car that Chevrolet finally rolled into showrooms nationwide. The new C4 was a radical departure from the C3. Gone was the Coke bottle "Stingray" with its pinched cabin and its gi-normous front end and in its place was a sleeked out, wide body (at least it felt that way) sports car, redesigned, re-engineered and resuscitated with plenty of European design cues.
While it took a few years to work out the kinks (suspension problems, transmission issues and the fact that the initial C4 basically had the '82 C3 engine with a meager 205 hp) there was no denying that the Vette was back on the right track. By 1987 no one was disputing that the C4 was a world class sports car with its turbo-charged 345 hp version driving highway policeman batty from coast to coast.
|The redesigned 1984 Corvette C4 with its Porsche inspired running lights where the grill used to be.|