- 1983 Corvette
The ’83 Corvette was the start of a very successful C4 generation and in the end Chevrolet produced over 300,000 copies. But, regular production started in 1984 and only 1 preproduction ’83 model was left in existence which makes it the rarest Corvette of them all. In fact, there was 43 ’83 Corvettes built but common practice is to destroy the pre-production cars, and Chevrolet did just that leaving only one in existence. This unique example is in Corvette Museum, near the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
- 1969 Corvette ZL1
Originally, Chevrolet produced 12 ’69 Corvettes ZL1 but they were all pre-production examples made for testing the new aluminum big block engine, and all but two were destroyed. The remaining ones are an orange convertible and a yellow coupe. There is a legend about the third example but nothing has ever been confirmed.
- 1963 Grand Sport
Chevrolet wanted to go racing in early ’60s and they chose Corvette for doing it, so the legendary Corvette designer and engineer Zora Arcus Duntov made 5 racing cars called Grand Sport. However, just after Grand Sports started racing, Chevrolet decided to stop all racing programs including Grand Sport and the cars were left without support. All five are still around.
- 1967 Corvette L-88
The swan song of C2 generation Corvettes was definitely the mighty L-88. This Corvette was the best and the fastest of the breed with a special 7 liter big block engine, heavy duty transmission and brakes. Besides these “go fast“ options, buyers could get all kinds of convenient options, so L-88 could become quite comfortable and luxurious land rockets. Chevrolet offered L-88 option package in 1967, 1968 and in 1969, and during that time there were only 20 produced in 1967, 80 in 1968 and 116 examples in 1969. The L88s still are one of the fastest and most powerful Corvettes in history. This one recently sold for close to $4m.
- 1963 Corvette Z06
The ’63 Z06 was a factory prepared race car offered to amateur racers and private teams who wanted to use the car on the tracks. It had a lot of different options and an interesting feature – a big 36.5 gallon gas tank suited for long distance racing which got them a nickname “Tanker“. It cost more than a regular ’63 Corvette and Chevrolet made only 199 examples. Most of these cars were used and abused on the tracks all over America and just a handful have survived in original condition.