The Chevrolet Corvette (C4) was a sports car produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1984 through 1996 model years. The editors of Consumer Guide stated: "The first fully redesigned Corvette in 15 years was more sophisticated and more practical than the beloved Shark.”
New for the 1996 Corvette, Chevrolet introduced the new LT4 engine, with 330 horsepower. It was available only with the 6-speed manual transmission. The base Corvette with the LT1 engine was limited to the automatic transmission.
Two new options were created to fill the void created by the discontinued ZR-1, the Grand Sport and the Collector Edition. The Grand Sport included the LT4 engine and an Admiral Blue paint job with white stripes and red hash marks on the front fender. It also included black five spoke wheels.
The collector edition included an exclusive Sebring Silver paint; special badging and silver five spoke wheels. It included the LT1 engine with the automatic transmission; the LT4 and manual transmission were optional. Chevrolet made this model to celebrate the final year of production for the C-4’s (1984-1996), the fourth generation Corvette.
The cockpit style interior featured perforated Sport Seats with “Collector Edition” embroidery available in Torch Red, Black or Light Gray Leather. The “Collector Edition” was treated as an option with no serial number designation. And it was a very popular option selected by 23% of the Coupe buyers at a production number of 4, 031. Even more so was this selection by the convertible buyers; 32% selected this option for 1,281 units.
A new optional "Real Time Damping" system measured travel at each wheel and adjusted suspension options electronically. The optional Z51 suspension was tuned for autocross and Gymkhana competition. The Grand Sport convertibles came with a white top and the collector edition came with a black top. Polo Green convertibles came with Beige or Black tops but not white.
For the $1,250 investment in the 1996 Collector Edition, it has an excellent dollar return in today’s resale market.
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350 cu in
300 hp @ 5000rpm
335 lb-ft @ 5400rpm
350 cu in
330hp @ 5800 rpm
340 lb-ft @ 4500
- 4-Speed Automatic
- 6-Speed Manual
350 cu in 300hp LT-1
13.8 @ 105 mph
350 cu in 330hp LT-4
13.5 @ 107 mph