35th Anniversary Survivor: 1988 Chevrolet Corvette

I realize the all-white look sort of died out in the 80s, but I still dig the matching color scheme all these years later. The 35th Anniversary Corvette belted out its color-coordinated personality with white paint, white wheels, and white leather, looking like a fitting alternative to Crockett’s trademark Testarossa. This Corvette has 28,300 original miles and is listed here on eBay with an $18,900 Buy-It-Now and the option to submit a best offer.

The seller mentions just 2,050 35th Anniversary models were made, and this car is number 88 of that batch. While the improvements are largely cosmetic in nature, other tweaks included various badges and plaques along with powered sport seats and an upgraded stereo. This example looks excellent up and down the sides with no obvious alterations from stock.

One of the more challenging aspects of white car ownership is keeping white leather surfaces looking clean and soil-free. This one appears to have had an owner who valued cleanliness, as even the floormats (with their thin strip of color at the edges) appear to be in excellent condition. The automatic transmission and climate control are presumed to work well.

We just recently sold a clean C4 Corvette from the Barn Finds Exclusive listing for an ’89 and a ’74 L82 4-speed convertible. Getting up close and personally caused me to consider just how decent a clean C4 is as a weekend driver. With low mileage, these cars hold up very nicely and offer a great compromise between a collector car and cruiser – just like this 35th Anniversary Edition.

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Comments

  1. Bakyrdhero Bakyrdhero Member

    Looks like an Alpine stereo. I think the wine colored 40th anniversary has aged a little better, this one is clean though.

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    • XMA0891

      My boss has that very 40th Anniversary of which you speak, and I completely agree. Did the owner’s sense of style improve markedly at 23,299 miles? I’d say likely. Not sure who would’ve been into a car like this other than Tom Wolfe… With an automatic, extra points for the nice job keeping the front rims so free of brake dust.

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    • Vin_in_NJ

      Definitely an Alpine stereo and additional equalizer mounted beneath it. A common practice in the late 80’s when GM changed from a standard post knob radio to the larger digital radio.

    • Superdessucke

      This thing looks like the automotive version of a bad leisure suit you’d see at the Salvation Army for $11. I don’t remember them looking this garish but it looks like everything’s all original as it left the factory.

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  2. Bakyrdhero Bakyrdhero Member

    It’s the white steering wheel that’s killing me. I guess it had to be all white though in keeping with the traditional wedding anniversary stone theme. Coral is the stone for a 35th anniversary. Ruby for a 40th and silver for a 25th.

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    • XMA0891

      Never picked up on that.
      Nicely done!

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      • Bakyrdhero Bakyrdhero Member

        Thanks! I was expecting gold for the 50th, but it is burgundy. It did have optional gold stripes best I can tell..and maybe the nicest looking of all the anniversary models. iMO

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    • Superdessucke

      This is a wedding anniversary that should have ended in divorce before this was built!

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    • mjf

      Should be an easy fix…

    • JoeNYWF64

      I would try a black elastic velour steering wheel cover, or swap the whole wheel out for a black one or aftermkt formula, etc. steering wheel. At least the column is black. & at least this gen has good proportions, proper front & rear overhangs, hidden wipers & headlites, good visibility all around, non fogging headlites, & neutral non stupid looks front & back, unlike ….

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  3. gbvette62

    I always liked the 35th Anniversary editions. I think it was because it was the first C4 with a body colored belt molding, in place of the black molding that was used on “regular” Corvettes. They looked cleaner and more put together to me.

    I remember when these things came out. My dealer didn’t even know it was coming, it just showed up on a transporter one day. Knowing my interest in Corvettes, he called me immediately, but having just become a father, I wasn’t in the market for another Corvette.

    It’s interesting to see that this car was delivered new by Pine Belt Chevrolet, a dealer about 40 miles from me. Years ago, Pine Belt was heavy into Corvettes, selling plenty of them, sponsoring a local Corvette club, and hosting an annual Corvette show.

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    • Ralph

      The black offset on the roof is also a nice touch.

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    • moosie moosie

      I worked with a guy that moved to So. Jersey and got a job in the parts dept. of Pine Belt Chevy. His name was Lou Ianicelli, this was in the mid ’70s. I like this C-4, all white doesn’t look too bad on it .

  4. Ralph

    CokeVette is best Vette!!!

    I remember sitting in one of these when they were brand new at Anthony Abraham Chevrolet in Miami when my mom went to look at the new Berettas.

    As cheezy as find the term, you would “own Radwood” with this thing, close it down.

  5. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Looks good, looks clean but unsure if I’d go $19K for it. $10k-$12K tops with a personal inspection IMO is more in the ballpark.

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  6. CanuckCarGuy

    Among the best looking C4s to my eyes…the white with an offsetting black roof just looks right. I really dig the white rims and interior pieces as well…I would definitely have my passengers sign a waiver before getting in. It screams ’80s but at the same time it doesn’t look dated, even in 2019. Beautiful car, with enough white to satisfy my car cleaning OCD.

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  7. Rube Goldberg Member

    I don’t want to be negative, I know a lot of folks love these cars, but for me, ( and others, I’m sure afraid to speak up) I didn’t care for this style. For me, the C4 signaled the end of the traditional Corvette, and the beginning of the “modern” Corvette. There’s a ’91 for sale near me for $5,000 bucks, not as nice as this, been there for months. I think these are kind of a tough sell today.

    • Frank Sumatra

      You aren’t being negative. C4 was, in fact, the start of the “modern” Corvette era. Drive a 1996 with the LT4 engine, 6-speed transmission and I would be amazed if you are not amazed by that car.

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  8. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    For that money, if I want a C4 Vette I would get a ZR-1.

  9. BigDoc Member

    A friend of my brothers had a 63 Vette and let me drive it once and I have been in love with a 63 since

  10. MARK STURGEON

    If only the “blacked out” and “patina” look would fade out the same way…..

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