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Author: James Jackson

5 Most Expensive Corvettes

Even though Chevrolet conceived Corvette as a “blue collar“ sports car that any hard working regular guy could afford, over the years some Corvettes became very expensive high dollar items suited for the wealthiest of collectors. Here is top 5 most expensive Corvettes in the world.

  1. 1963 Grand Sport

The ’63 Grand Sport is a holy grail among Corvette fans. Only five of these pure racing cars were built, but unfortunately, they didn’t have much chance of proving themselves on the race tracks. They are rarely up for sale but expect the price of 6 to 8 million dollars for this piece of history.

  1. 1969 Corvette ZL1

The ZL1 Corvette is so rare that for many years people thought that it didn’t exist. Only two are left in existence,each with a very interesting history. That is why the ’69 Corvette ZL1 costs around 1.5 million dollars and possibly more as the prices of classic cars are going up.

  1. 1967 Corvette L-88

The gorgeous C2 Corvette had its peak in 1967 with a big block L-88 version. It was rare, expensive to buy and very powerful. That is why this version is worth around 1 million dollars today and highly sought after by collectors all around the world.


  1. 1969 Corvette L-88

Almost identical as the ’69 ZL1 but with improved powertrain from ’67 L-88, this Corvette was very fast and capable sports car in 1969 with lots of racing success. That is why you can expect to pay around $500,000 for one in perfect condition.


  1. 1953 Corvette

The first year Corvettes have always been favorite with collectors since those were the first Corvettes ever, and they were quite rare with only 300 hand built examples made. They were all white with red interior and equipped with six cylinder motor. Today, around 200 of them exist and each one is valued over $300,000.



5 Places to Buy Classic Corvette’s Online

Corvettes are pretty specific cars with a long model year history, host of different body styles, options and engines. When it comes to buying one, it’s certainly best to search sites dedicated to America’s favorite sports car. There are also a load of great guides out there to help you. For example this buying guide written by a classic Corvette owner. However, once you’ve decided on what you want. Check out our 5 top sites for finding Corvette of your dreams, guaranteed.


This site is one the best for selling and buying Corvettes and beside the numerous classifieds, you can find ads for parts, appraisals and price guides. Every car is listed with detailed information, VIN number, price and pictures. You can compare the prices and contact the owners trough the site for faster communication and negotiation.



Online since 1998, there have been thousands Corvettes sold through this site. The site itself may not look modern (1998 design) but it is very easy to use and you can easily access any ad you want.



Cars on line is one of the biggest sites for classic car trading and it has a massive Corvette section. The Corvettes are divided in generations and among the vast number of ads you can find bargains, project cars, racing Corvettes, part cars and perfectly restored examples.



Since 1981, Dan Mershon has bought and sold many classic Corvettes trough his dealership. On his site there’s always a nice selection of top quality classic Corvettes. As an expert with enormous experience, Mershon deals only with the best Corvettes which means that his prices are a little bit higher than the average for a specific model year and version. but the buyers are guaranteed to get what they want. Of course, there is always a little room for negotiation.


  1. Corvette forums and dealers

There are many Corvette forums online such as and all of them offer wealth of information posted by the owners and experts. Every forum also has a classifieds section for cars and parts. Finding a Corvette on an internet forum is easy and you can buy a good example below the average price since the sellers are not professional traders. They are motivated and can help with the shipping and other things. Often, sellers have posted topics about their cars and you can find a lot of pictures, comments and details about your potential purchase (like this classic car seller has posted) which can really help in deciding whether you want it or not.


The Interesting History of the Corvette C4

The C4 Corvette (1984-1996) has its place in Corvette history as a very important model and a true modern classic. Not only it was the best selling generation but it helped save Corvette from declining market and poor sales of the final year models of C3 generation. Besides that, C4 was the first truly modern and new Corvette in years and one of the best sports cars of the late 20th century.


During the ’70s, Corvette C3 sales were steady, but the car slowly became outdated and under powered. The European and Japanese sports cars took a big market share and Corvette couldn’t catch up, so in 1977, the decision was made to start the work on an all new model which was planned to be a state of the art sports car. Every component of the car was new, designers and engineers worked very hard in order to complete the first running prototypes. The C4 featured all new and very modern lightweight chassis that was so good that even the modern day C7 Corvette uses the same basic layout. The advanced suspension was developed as well, along with the very aerodynamic body and modern interior. One of the most interesting things about the C4 Corvette is its dashboard, as this car was the first with a fully digital dash which looks futuristic even today. The only old thing was the engine, a well-known small block V8, but for the Corvette C4, it had a new intake and fuel injection system.


Chevrolet wanted to introduce the C4 Corvette in 1983 to mark the 30th anniversary of the model, but production problems delayed the introduction. Such a new and modern car demanded a special production process and further testing of all systems, and Corvette team simply couldn’t deliver on time. The C4 ‘Vette went on a sale as a ’84 model to eager buyers all over the world. The initial response from fans, motoring press and buyers was fantastic and everybody praised the advanced technology, design, road holding and general feel. It was a giant leap over the old C3 and Corvette team was rightfully proud of the new car. The first tests showed that the C4 is as good or even better than the best and more expensive sports cars from Europe like Ferrari or Porsche.


From initial 205 bhp, power of C4 grew to 230 bhp in 1985 and then to 250 bhp two years later. The sales were very good and in 1986, Chevrolet introduced  a convertible version, the first one in over 10 years. Beside sales wins, Corvette was winning on the race tracks and dominated the SCCA championship during the late ’80s.


Engineers knew that C4 had big potential and started working on an ultimate version, named ZR1, which was introduced in 1990. It looked almost identical to the regular C4, but it had wider track and fantastic new engine developed in cooperation with Lotus. Engine code name was LT4 and it had four camshafts, a  special manifold and injection, and it produced 375 bhp, and a year later a full 405 bhp, making it one of the fastest cars in the world at that moment. With revised suspension and gearbox, ZR1 Corvette had fantastic road holding and overall performance, but it was almost double the price of the regular C4 and only 6000 were made.


In 1992, C4 got a major redesign with new front and rear end, new interior and a new engine, the 300 bhp LT1 V8 as a standard power plant. The sales were steady, but the end was near and in 1996, the last Corvette C4 was produced after a 12-year production run and over 358,000 examples built. The legacy of the C4 is still strong with lots of its design incorporated into modern ‘Vettes, which proves how good the basic design was. On the other hand, the C4 is very popular with buyers since it is a modern car but with strong heritage and classic feel of the Corvette legend.


5 Rarest Corvette’s of All Time

  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


5 famous movie Corvette’s

Ever since the first Corvette was introduced in 1953, the car starred in many Hollywood movies and became the star of the silver screen in its own right. It would be crazy to try to count all Corvette appearances but here is the top 5 of best known movie Corvettes.

  1. Corvette Summer (1978)

In this movie, a highly customized ’73 Corvette stars along Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and even though nobody today remembers the plot it seems that everybody recognizes the wild red Corvette with flames on the side. This Corvette may not be purists’ favorite but customisations like this were common in late ’70s.

  1. King of the Mountain (1981)

This B production flick is famous for two things, describing an interesting world of illegal racing on Mulholland Drive in LA and featuring a great racing scene between a stripped down and hot rodded ’67 Corvette and Porsche 356 Speedster. Dennis Hopper drives the Corvette and the car perfectly resembles his character in the movie and it is a must see for any Corvette fan.

  1. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

This black and white classic is a typical detective noir drama about a private eye from Los Angeles who drives a beautiful ’54 Corvette. In fact, this is one of the first times that a Corvette was featured in a mainstream movie and there is a lot of driving scenes which makes a viewer really appreciate the classic lines and elegance of the first generation Corvettes.

kiss me deadly corvette

  1. Boogie Nights (1997)

As a rising star in adult film industry of the ’70s, Mark Wahlberg as Dirk Diggler buys an orange ’77 Corvette which symbolizes his success. However, his career starts to plummet as well as his Corvette but the movie is full of driving and even getaway scenes with the flaming orange C3 Vette which makes it instantly recognizable.

mark walhberg boogie nights corvette

  1. Clambake (1967)

The movie Clambake could be easily left forgotten if it weren’t for two things. Elvis Presley in the leading role and a gorgeous ’59 Corvette Stingray prototype. Like any other Elvis’s film, this was a musical with light plot but appearance of the Stingray Vette is significant and deserves its place in movie Corvettes hall of fame. It was a real ’59 Stringray prototype and it featured fuel injection engine, independent suspension and lots of racing parts, and Elvis did all of driving by himself so it is a good reason for watching this forgotten movie.

The history of Gold Corvette’s

  1. 1961 Corvette

Although the first Corvettes ever produced in 1953 were white with red interior, gold is one of the best colors for a classic ‘Vette. It appeared as an option for the ’61 Corvette and in combination with white body inserts and chromed trim, gold really looks beautiful on it. The color is called Fawn Beige and exactly 1,363 cars got it straight from the factory. In those days, gold and metallic silver were expensive options since the paint technology was relatively primitive and manufacturers just started to implement such colors.



  1. 1964 Corvette

With the introduction of the fantastic C2 Corvette in 1963, came new color choices and optional Saddle Tan gold color. In 1964, just shy of 4000 Corvettes were painted this color. Despite the great look, Chevrolet discontinued this color option for 1965 and this is the only year in C2 generation with gold as a factory color option, which is a shame.


  1. 1969 Corvette

The gold color did return in 1969 with the new C3 generation of Corvette. This time, it was called Riverside Gold, an homage to the famous Riverside International Raceway track in California. This time it was a lighter shade of gold and it was much more popular with the buyers than the previous models. The 1970 model didn’t have a gold option but in 1971 and 1972 there was a War Bonnet Yellow color available.


  1. 1984 Corvette

The C4 generation was a giant leap for Corvette with an all-new options list and color choices. Among them, there was a Gold Metallic color which stayed in Chevrolet’s catalogue until 1988 when it was discontinued. Buyers who bought the gold C4 got a black or gray interior.


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