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1986 Corvette convertible
1986 Corvette: Official GM Photo.

The convertible returned to the Corvette line late in the 1986 model year. This was excellent news and fans of America's sports car were too enthused to wonder why it had been gone for ten years. Open air motoring carried a significant price increase however. The convertible was a $5,000 premium over the coupe and at $32,032 it cracked the $30,000 price point by a significant amount. The Corvette had been getting pricey in recent years. Only two short model years earlier, the 1984 Corvette was $21,800 and except for the '82 Collector Edition Hatchback, it was the first Corvette to cost more than $20,000. With a huge jump in performance and technology via the C4 introduction, the Corvette maintained its lead as the premier performance car bargain. Customers were still plentiful and the sales volume continued at a healthy pace. Perhaps Chevrolet had been underpricing the 'vette all along?


1986 Corvette convertible
In 1986 Corvette was chosen to pace the Indianapolis 500 and all 1986 Corvette convertibles received pace car replica status. As with the first 1978 Indy 500 pace car replica, decals commemorating the event were shipped with each car, leaving the owners with the installation decision.

1986 saw the introduction of ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) on all Corvettes. Like the fuel injection system, it was Bosch sourced.

Aluminum heads, slightly redesigned and upping the horsepower from 230 to 235, appeared in all convertibles and the later coupes.

VATS key Corvettes have always been prime targets for car thiefs, so a novel anti-theft system was introduced for the 1986 'vette. Embedded in each key was an electrical resistor whose value acted like a code. If the car did not read the correct code, starting was disabled and a built in delay prevented a restart attempt for two minutes.
1986 Corvette high mounted safety light
Center High Mounted Stop Lights (CHMSL) made their Corvette coupe debut just in front of the rear glass in 1986. As with many other car designs of the day, the government mandated brake lights were tacked on as an afterthought. The convertibles fared better with a less intrusive solution located in the rear bumper. In later years the designers were better able to integrate the requirements and the styling to a more satisfying solution.
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Comments (17)

my 1986 corvette
Last year I found a 1986 convertible corvette in a ladies garage in essex ct. she had not driven the car for 10 yrs so after fixing the stuff that goes after a 10 sit I had a beautiful corvette with 29000 miles love the car i am looking for the indy decals.any help?
#1 - robert - 06/26/2011 - 16:53
Decals are available
They aren't cheap but you can buy '86 Indy decals, see http://www.corvetteamerica.com/cf/displaylearnmore.cfm?learnmoreid=1842
#2 - WebCars! Webmaster - 06/26/2011 - 20:29
www,phoenixgraphix.com
try this place this is where i bought mine for my 1986 corvette pace car
#3 - John - 10/17/2011 - 19:20
Price
I'm looking at a 1986 vette with 49K miles for $11K. Is that a good price? KBB doesn't go back that far.
#4 - clem - 10/26/2011 - 13:17
Price
$11,000 sounds high for a 1986. It would have to be in absolutely flawless condition, low miles, no stories, no negatives, super documentation and well optioned to be worth that much. Even then a more market realistic price would be less than $10k.
#5 - Webmaster - 10/26/2011 - 13:28
Just bought one for 8000.00-Silver good paint no body damage
#6 - nevens - 11/01/2011 - 22:57
I just bought a red 86 corvette yesterday its a very nice car
#7 - claudia hillman - 12/03/2011 - 23:59
86 VETTE
I WAS TOLD MY TWO TONE WAS A PACE CAR, HOW CAN I FIND OUT
#8 - BINK - 02/26/2012 - 17:58
i have a 86 vette convertible that i dont want to sell but might have to asking for $9000 has original paint job and has bbs rims but i will through in the original rims for 400 more is that a good price (chepoq202@hotmail.com)
#9 - joe - 03/04/2012 - 09:48
'86 rough rider
I have an 86 convertable and when ever I hit a bump it seems like the whole car shakes. Is this normal or is there a way to improve the ride. Do I need Shock or Springs or both?
#10 - Frank - 04/11/2012 - 11:27
1986 CORVETTE COUPE
I AM LOOKING AT A CORVETTE ON LINE FOR SALE WITH A (4+3) MANUAL TRANS . WHAT EXSACKLY IS THAT ? A MUNCIE 4 SPEED WITH A ELECTRIC OVERDRIVE . THE CAR LOOKS ALL STOCK & IN GREAT SHAPE.
#11 - DENNIS MCNEELEY - 06/11/2012 - 20:23
i got 1986 pace corvette converbel with 2set of rems
i got a 1986 peace car glod it got 45k on
v-8 with supern charge on it in real good shap
all ariranol 2 set of rems i wii seal for 17k
or tread for same valyou or for a glod wing
hound or a duley truck
and i got a 1999 900 v star look good for 2100 dress and a 1999 4x4 chevy bleazer 1500
call john godfrey 850-607-4561
#12 - john d godfrey sr - 11/29/2012 - 01:47
Too nice to pass up!
I have a black 86 Corvett fir sale with all original parts. It has a little over 42k miles. Only serious buyers need call. Ask for Don 601 906-4620.
#13 - Don Knotts - 07/31/2013 - 13:10
I have a 1986 Corvette with the Lt1 Engine V8 300HP. The gold color is allegedly original paint/color. I've been told it's "a collector's car", but I don't know...having difficulty trying to find a reasonable/fair price at which to sell. Any help out there?
#14 - Lora Tennison - 12/01/2013 - 03:40
1986 Corvette with the Lt1 Engine
Are you sure you have an LT1 engine in your '86 Corvette? They were only for '70 to '72 Corvettes and later starting with 1992. There was no optional engine for 1986 Corvettes. Maybe you have a transplanted motor? All Corvettes have collector value, but the 1986 is low on the list. It would help some if your '86 Corvette was a convertible with manual transmission, is it?


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#15 - WebCars! Webmaster - 12/01/2013 - 16:33
Looking to buy:::
I looked at a 1986 convertible, auto. with the tuned port injection. He won't take any less than $8,900 here in B C Canada. it has approx 74,000 miles. Is it worth buying at this price?
#16 - Jim Donnelly - 12/25/2013 - 20:12
Looking to buy:
Offhand that is the top of the price range. Normally only manual trans cars get the higher prices. IF all else checks out and there are no serious defects AND the mileage checks out then the value is correct.
#17 - WebCars! Webmaster - 12/26/2013 - 10:24
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