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Rarest Corvette - 1983 C4 Body
« on: September 07, 2011, 01:35:16 AM »
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Only 43 1983 prototype C4 body Corvettes were ever made, none were sold to the public, due to poor quality. 42 of the prototypes were destroyed and only one remains. This one is located at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.

You may see other people trying to sell a Corvette as a 1983, because the production date was in 1983. When you look at the VIN, it is classified as a 1984.

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Re: Rarest Corvette - 1983 C4 Body
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2011, 07:49:37 AM »
Funny you should post this up.....

THere was an add on CL just monday with an 83 listed for sale....lol  we had to make sure and correct the seller that they had a mistake in there add.....LOL  w/in the hour the add was changed...

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Re: Rarest Corvette - 1983 C4 Body
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2011, 08:41:28 PM »
Those familiar with Corvette history are well aware that there was no 1983 Corvette.  The industry standard Corvette Black Book certainly shows no entry between the 1982 and 1984 Corvettes.
 
Imagine my amazement this past Saturday at the National Corvette Museum standing in front of a white 1983 Corvette! This unique Corvette is shown to the right.
 
The sign on the exhibit explains: "The planned 1983 Corvette brought forward some of the most far reaching design changes in Corvette's history.  Many changes included high-technology that had not been proven for automobile application....Although the technology was available, it had to be developed into the manufacturing process with the quality, reliability, and durability proven before production of saleable vehicles could begin.  The initial plan called for introduction of the newly designed 1983 in October 1982.  There were 43 pre-production models built (but) a decision was made to withhold production (for sale) until January 1983 and to serialize them as 1984 models.  The Corvette was named "Car of the Year" by Motor Trend Magazine in 1984."
 
So, why were they held off until January? Before production lines began, California voted to make emission controls more stringent than ever, and the 1983 model wasn't prepared to deal with it.

All 43 prototypes were ordered to be destroyed but canny assembly plant personnel hid one vehicle for years, changing the paint scheme, and moving it around until they received a commitment from GM that it wouldn't be destroyed. You can see it today for yourself at the Museum

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Re: Rarest Corvette - 1983 C4 Body
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2013, 01:41:35 AM »
Note that the 83 has 15" wheels on it.
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Re: Rarest Corvette - 1983 C4 Body
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2013, 08:37:43 AM »
I love the black rub rail all the way around that boat...LOL
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Re: Rarest Corvette - 1983 C4 Body
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013, 07:33:01 PM »
I love the black rub rail all the way around that boat...LOL

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I did learn a bit of Vette history in this thread. I never knew there wasn't an '83.  *$

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Re: Rarest Corvette - 1983 C4 Body
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2013, 09:03:02 PM »
 ?( Had no idea either..
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