Corvette: Year by Year1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978
1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Purchasing a Classic Corvette
Step One: What floats your boat?
For the most part, a Corvette five years old or younger will depreciate similar to other used cars. Keeping the price higher will be the fact that it is a Corvette and as such is a desirable car; car dealers use the term "salable". Pushing the price down: it is a Chevrolet and the marques most expensive model.
The C5 Generation: Introduced in 1997, the C5 was a major leap ahead. All aspects were improved over the C4, including performance, ride, packaging etc.
1990 Corvettes featured a new interior and dashboard layout that was much improved with a driver's side air bag as a bonus.
There was a styling upgrade for 1991 and although it wasn't major, the Corvette had a much more modern look to it. These C4 Corvettes are considered attractive to enthusiasts as they add a lot of improvements over the earlier generation yet the prices are very reasonable.
Around 1990 another trend appeared that helps make those and later Corvettes attractive. They became more likely to be "second cars", as opposed to primary cars. Since the owners were often moving up, Corvettes were more likely to be garaged, well maintained and not heavily driven.
1975 - '82 This is a low point in Corvette performance (and all other cars as well) since emissions laws had become very stringent and the technology was not able to deal with them adequately. The prices are low for these years so if you have a tight budget there are some interesting candidates as a "starter Corvette". We recommend that you ignore any cars that are not in top condition as the cost to correct any faults cannot be justified. Corvettes of this vintage, although reasonably priced, are not likely to appreciate in value.