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Corvette Takes a Giant Step

1984 C4 Corvette

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The C3 Corvette was an unqualified success. The public had accepted the new body style and responded by pushing sales volume to the 40,000 / year level in six of the last seven years of production. The Corvette had established itself as the technological flagship of the GM lineup. But the last significantly new Corvette chassis was introduced in 1963, more than 20 years earlier. To stay on top, a new generation Corvette was needed.

Chevrolet had been teasing car enthusiasts throughout the '80s with all sorts of exotic Corvette prototypes and show cars. Radical design features included rotary engines, mid-engine drivetrain layouts and even gullwing doors. The rotary engines had fuel economy woes and other technical issues and the mid-engine Corvettes presented storage space problems. David McLellan was the new Corvette Chief Engineer and he brought with him solid engineering sensibilities. The decisions regarding the new Corvette were his and when the new generation was finally introduced to the public, a conservative direction was taken. The C4 Corvette featured a front engine V8, the same layout since 1955.

1984 Corvette
The new C4 was penned by Design Chief Jerry Palmer. The goal was to keep the Corvette identity, which they did. The new car was unmistakably a Corvette. The rear view actually was similar to the 1968 - 1973 models as opposed to the 1974 and later years when the federally mandated bumper protruded outward. Technology had advanced over the ten years the regulations were in effect and designers were in a better position to design what they wanted. The four round tail lights - a significant Corvette styling cue - were still prominent.

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1984 Corvette drawings
One styling cue that disappeared was the "Coke Bottle" effect of the C3 Corvettes. This refers to the pinched in passenger area, similar to the shape of the classic Coke bottle. It looked awesome but many complained of a too limited interior space. Smoothing the sides gave a whopping 6½ inches more shoulder room.

Much of the extra interior room went towards a larger center console. The area below the center tunnel was used to route exhaust plumbing, driveshaft, catalytic convertor, etc. This meant that the floor could be lowered by two inches. Ground clearance was 5¼ inches (¼ inch more than the C3) so the designers were able to incorporate more headroom along with lowering the roofline by about an inch, which improved aerodynamics. The overall length was 8½ inches less than the C3.
Newspaper Mat Service illustration from GM shows wheels that were never available on the C4 Corvette.
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Comments (20)

Looks Great
I first fell in love with Corvettes when the C4 came out in 1983. I know some disagree, but I think they are the better looking 'vette.
#1 - Ted Armson - 01/02/2011 - 13:08
I have owned a white 1984 C4 with red interior since 1998. Other than routine maintenance it has been trouble free, a blast to drive and handles like a race car. Love it!
#2 - Bruce Maniscalco - 05/31/2011 - 04:05
I always thought of the C4 as a huge step forward design-wise. For my money the most beautiful 'vette to come along since the classic late 50's models. Great website by the way.
#3 - Chris - 06/27/2011 - 08:12
Bought my dad his 1st Corvette in 2008. Bought him a 1984 C4 Vette as his toy. After experience, My favorite Vette. It has a rocketship feel, not to mention its aerodynamics is beautiful. I see myself buying more of this model in the future.
#4 - Future Sailor Michael Huffstutler - 06/28/2011 - 14:14
My 84
I purchased my Corvette last winter and I'm so looking forward to another summer of cruising the neighborhood, attending the local classic car shows,just having a great time!
#5 - rick colledge - 12/29/2011 - 11:28
Purchased my 1984 corvette in 1988 and still in love with it today.
I love my baby, had her stroked at Corvette Mikes in Anaheim,CA. last year, still with the crossfire. It
now has 83,000 miles on it, had it stroked to a 383
when it had 81,000 miles on it. I enjoyed every mile
i put on it.
#6 - Roosevelt Cheek - 01/25/2012 - 04:11
My wife purchased me, a 1984 Corvette for my Birthday, What a pleasant surprise that was in 2005.

We take the C4 to car shows every summer, and we come home with a Trophies. It has 74,000 miles,and still winning.

Love my C4 Corvette.
#7 - Ray Rivera - 01/29/2012 - 01:41
My wife purchased me, a 1984 Corvette for my Birthday, What a pleasant surprise that was in 2005.

We take the C4 to car shows every summer, and we come home with a Trophy. It has 74,000 miles,and still winning.

Love my C4 Corvette.
#8 - Ray Rivera - 01/29/2012 - 01:45
Love ROXIE
she is my babe!
#9 - joanie - 01/30/2012 - 17:40
84 vette
i bought a 84 vette last febuary 103,000 miles i was so excited thinking the milage was great.well the first month i had i put some $2200 into it ibought it cheap to then drove it for awhile longer then it started giving me more problems. My mechanic told me dont put anymore money into it and get rid of it. It has been a year now the engine is knocking and i only put 2,000 miles on it myself this car is up for sale as a project for$3500 i cant deal with it no time and i'm over it.
#10 - scott - 02/07/2012 - 20:54
84 Vette
I have owned one since 1997, and can agree with most of what is posted here. Mine has had some issues, and I have poured tons of effort into her. While working in another state, I stopped driving her for 8 yeras, and a few things went bad during storage. But now that I have taken her back out of mothballs, I am falling back in love again. Stay the course- it is worth it!
#11 - Hugh F - 02/29/2012 - 13:47
MY LADY
I still love my lady the beautiful 84' silver corvette. I've had her since 85' bought from the dealer. I believe how they run and how much you have to put into them is who you have working on them...I just think that year and color is still the most beautiful car I've seen!
#12 - sandy scannell - 03/27/2012 - 17:01
chevrolwr=t
cash deal only,low nilage
#13 - rwj-johnson@YAHOO.COM - 01/12/2013 - 15:50
I own a yellow corvette and I called it sting like a bee. I am located at Kuwait for deployment....
#14 - Eddie Costes - 01/14/2013 - 08:30
I inherited my Corvette
She was my brother's car of choice, now she is mine. I call her BABE, and she sure knows how to purr when putting the pedal to the metal. But like any Babe, she needs some TLC to get her into tip top shape. God willing, she will look much prettier this spring/summer.Check her out on www.squidoo.com/my-babe-and-me
#15 - Olivia - 04/04/2013 - 20:40
I just bought an '84. Seems like this year is the least expensive. Is there a reason?
#16 - Allan Westover - 05/14/2013 - 11:57
this year is the least expensive
'84s have a reputation for quality and reliability problems. Also many feel that the suspensions were too hard. As the C4 was developed, reliability improved and the ride became less of a bone jarring experience. For many an '84 is a good choice but only if you find one that does not require major repair.
#17 - WebCars! Webmaster - 05/14/2013 - 23:49
this year is the least expensive
'84s have a reputation for quality and reliability problems. Also many feel that the suspensions were too hard. As the C4 was developed, reliability improved and the ride became less of a bone jarring experience. For many an '84 is a good choice but only if you find one that does not require major repair.
#18 - WebCars! Webmaster - 05/14/2013 - 23:49
Worked through all the problems
Had starter and ignition problems. Replaced a lot of parts, about $500 worth. Replaced the seat covers and now it is pretty clean and reliable. I drive it every nice day to work and anywhere. It does drive like a race car. If you want to get into a Corvette, the '84 is the inaugural C4 and a nice bet.
#19 - Mark G - 09/20/2013 - 09:56
84 corvette
I got my 84 corvette in April 2012.I drive it a lot and have had minor issues.I INSURED IT FOR TWICE WHAT I PAID FOR IT.LOVE IT!!!!
#20 - George - 12/08/2013 - 07:16
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