1987 Corvette Callaway Twin Turbo!

This genuine Callaway-modified 1987 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a twin-turbocharged example with under 25,000 original miles. Essentially one of the marquee tuner cars of the 1980s and 90s, Callaway’s name became synonymous with monster Vettes once they began making the sort of upgrades many enthusiasts wish had come from the factory. Today, they seem like a screaming bargain for the performance they offer. Find the Corvette here on eBay for $22,990.

While the C4 Corvette has many detractors, the Callaway affiliation attempted to correct some of the complaints it generated. With annual production typically under 200 units and performance upgrades that pushed power to the range of 345 b.h.p. and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, the Callaway editions promised both a better driving experience and far higher levels of exclusivity. This example is number 157 out of 184 cars for 1987.

While Callaway was well-known for developing aftermarket turbocharging kits, the C4 Corvette actually allowed consumers to waltz down to their local Chevy dealer and check a box authorizing the twin turbo upgrade, all while covered under the factory warranty. That’s just amazing, when you think about it, and a great opportunity for Corvette enthusiasts to get the kind of performance they expected out of the C4 with the security of manufacturer support.

This particular car is a convertible model with the preferred manual transmission. The seller notes he purchased it out of an estate sale, which makes me wonder if it was just listed as an ordinary Corvette convertible by the manager of the estate (and not a Callaway-modified example). While these tuner-built Corvettes aren’t hugely valuable at the moment, they represent tremendous value given the performance offered by one of the foremost names in turbocharging.

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Comments

  1. Michael Streuly

    Very cool car wish i had the money for it.

    Like 5
    • Frank Sumatra

      Your banker does. Go for it!

      Like 7
    • Superdessucke

      This might be more attainable than you think. That’s an asking price. The real value is significantly lower. Let it sit a while and then go for it!

      Like 3
    • moosie moosie

      You and me both,

      Like 1
  2. 86_Vette_Convertible

    If you have the $$, there are far worse cars to buy. Callaway’s have a definitely following and they showed many a driver their rear bumpers. I’ve seen a couple before and they are impressive.

    Like 3
  3. Frank Sumatra

    RPO B2K. Obviously GM/Chevrolet had a lot of faith in Mr.Reeves Callaway. The shop is still open in Old Lyme, CT. IMO this is a bargain at the price. This should be a C4 that easily maintains its value and might even appreciate. Perfect color combination, low-mileage.184 built? Wow.

    Like 5
  4. Socaljoe

    Idk about the value. This is an early car without the great aero modifications of the later cars. Looks like a stock C4 which is pretty boring.

    • DETROIT LAND YACHT.

      Hated the aero-mods. This version has that “sleeper” vibe.

      Like 1
  5. scottymac

    It’s been awhile, but didn’t every one of these tested by CAR & DRIVER blow up/melt down?

    • Frank Sumatra

      I don’t think so. If that were true, I don’t think GM would have continued to offer that option as long as they did.

      Like 1

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