C4 Production Numbers

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Next up in our Corvette Production Numbers series are the C4 cars.  By the time 1982 rolled around, the C3 Corvette was 14 years old and the chassis that it was based on dated back to 1963.  Needless to say, a lifetime for a chassis and body style.  The Corvette team at GM was well aware of this, and had been working feverishly on the next generation car.  Unfortunately, development and quality control issues prevented them from introducing the C4 Corvette until March of 1983, 6 months beyond the typical September new model introduction.  In short, no 1983 Corvettes were ever offered to the public; the C4 was introduced as a 1984 model.

As GM was still struggling with ever-increasing emissions regulations, the focus for early C4 Corvettes was on handling and chassis dynamics.  And they delivered, so much so that there are still many competitive C4’s at sanctioned racing events across the country.  Right out of the box, the C4 was a capable corner carver, and when the Corvette team increased power substantially in 1992 with the second-generation LT1 (300HP), the Corvette was a force to be reckoned with.

Notable C4 Corvettes are the early models with the unique Doug Nash “4+3” overdrive manual transmissions, the 1988 35th Anniversary model (pictured), the incredible and highly anticipated ZR-1 supercars of 1990-95, and the Grand Sport and Collector Edition models from 1996, which sported a one-year only 330HP LT4.

Model Year Coupe Convertible ZR-1 Total
1984 51547 51547
1985 39729 39729
1986 27794 7315 35109
1987 20007 10625 30632
1988 15382 7407 22789
1989 16663 9749 26412
1990 12967 7630  3049 23646
1991 12923 5672  2044 20639
1992 14102 5875  502 20479
1993 15450 5692  448 21590
1994 17536 5346  448 23330
1995 15323 4971 448 20742
1996 17167 4369 21536
TOTAL 358,180

13 thoughts on “C4 Production Numbers

  1. I was wondering if your Black book would have some of the information that I can’t seem to find anywhere. One of the most that I am trying to find out is how many ’91 corvettes came with the Zo7 option, which I think was 733, also had the 4spd Auto trans. From what I have heard most all with the Zo7’s were ordered with the 6spd manual. So my 4spd auto might be relatively rare, but I can’t find the numbers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

      1. I was wondering if your Black book would have the information that I can’t seem to find anywhere. One of the most that I am trying to find out is how many ’91 corvette’s that came with the Zo7 option, which I think was 733, also had the 4spd Auto trans. From what I have heard most all with the Zo7 were ordered with the 6spd manual. So my 4spd auto might be relatively rare, but I can’t find the numbers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Have a 1984 corvette with the Nash 4 + 3 transmission. Is there any way to find out how many were produced? Hope someone can help…

  3. i have 1989 Corvette Convertible 6 Speed Manual, I can find out number of Convertibles produced and number of 6 speed manuals produced, but cannot find number of convertibles produced with 6-speed manual transmissions. Anyway to narrow it down (4113 6 speed manuals produced in 1989, but total includes both coupe and convertible)?

    1. Raymond –

      We looked up the data in the Corvette Black Book, but could not find how many manual convertibles were produced. Anybody else out there have this information?

    2. All being equal, it would be about 1481 manual convertibles out there for 1989. Based on 36% of 4112 manuals might be in 36% of the total production of 26412 cars being the ratio the same. Gives a good idea at least.

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