Not a ZR1: 1990 Chevrolet Corvette

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There have been 8 generations of the Chevrolet Corvette starting in 1953 with the C1 and the C8 is still in production. This 1990 Chevrolet Corvette is located south of Phoenix, Arizona in San Tan Valley. It is listed here on Craigslist for only $6,500. The Chevrolet Corvette is said to have 71,376 miles and is not in running condition. It has been sitting for years and the seller has lost interest in restoring the car. It is said to be a 1 owner Chevrolet Corvette that was pulled from a barn or storage.

This 1990 Chevrolet Corvette is painted white with a tan interior. It represents the midpoint of the C4 generation of Corvettes which were produced from 1984 to 1996. The C4 Corvette is said to be the first ground up redesign of the Corvette since 1963 when the C2 Corvette was introduced. As most Corvette enthusiasts know, the C4 Corvette was to be introduced in 1983 but due to parts delays and quality issues, only 43 prototypes were built and all but one were eventually destroyed. The surviving 1983 Corvette is in the Bowling Green Museum. I wonder what it is worth?

The interior of this 1990 Chevrolet Corvette looks stock with the exception of either dust or damage to most of the soft surfaces. The 1990 Chevrolet Corvette  was powered by a 350 cubic inch V8 engine that was rated at 245 horsepower and backed by a 4 speed automatic transmission. Each car had removable body colored roof panel and cloth seats were included with the base Corvette. The instrument display on a 1990 Chevrolet Corvette included both a digital speedometer and conventional analog gauges.

This car appears not to have been stored properly and it might have been stored with the passenger window open. Regardless, sitting for such a long time has left it in poor condition. However, the body looks good and it has been in a dry climate. Someone with mechanical aptitude could probably get this running and driving but the brakes and fuel system would need to be checked and probably replaced first.

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  1. Tiger66

    It’s not only not a ZR-1, it’s also not a ’90. Wrong dashboard and wheels. It appears to be an ’88 or ’89.

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    • T. Mann

      Tiger is right:
      1989 wheels,
      1989 dash,
      1989 third brake light,
      1989 seats, lower back support has thicker lumbar support (good idea)
      with NO OPTIONS, no glass roof, no leather interior, not even a power passenger seat
      it was parked Many Years Ago with only 71K miles, there was a reason!

      Like 7
  2. Daniel Parker

    Dash, wheels and seat material are the same as my 1989 convertible. I’d like the seats out of this one for the seat material. Sure it’s impossible to find. My upolsterer fixed a bolster for me yrs ago, now the drivers seat back is getting thin.

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  3. Terry

    Yep, wheels are ’89 and I think optional on ’88’s. Dash is definitely not ’90.

    Like 5
  4. BK

    The cloth saddle seats are probably from a 88 or 89 and are pretty rare since most C4’s came with leather seats.

    Like 2
  5. RW

    As y’all said, definitely not a 90. Only about 1,000 cloth seats per year in 88 & 89, out of 20,000+ Corvettes produced each year. From the looks of the tire/wheel reveal in the wheel wells, I think this car might be an 86 or 87 wearing 88 or 89 wheels – they had a different wheel offset that left them “sunken in” by about 3/4″ when used on pre-88 cars. I’m eliminating 84 & 85 from consideration only because this car is wearing a 3rd brake light.

    Like 4
    • Ben Seven

      Wheels and brake light on roof indicate 1990 Corvette ZR1, 380 horsepower, up to 405 in 1993.
      Manual gear, 0-60 in 4,4 seconds.
      4 valve heads developed by Lotus.
      Corvettes most expensive production model to date at 59000USD and 3049 out of 6939 total until 1995.
      All info on various internet sites, in stead of speculating.
      Cloth seats versus leather is interesting, picture of engine would leave all speculation aside.

      Like 0
  6. cidevcoMember

    What everyone is missing is that the Corvette has been in an accident. The front fenders on each side are totally mis aligned and on the left side pic looks like the front and rear tires are not in line with each other.

    Like 2
    • BK

      I don’t think it’s been in an accident. I think the left side lower panel has been removed to access the battery and the hood isn’t shut.

      Like 7
  7. Troy

    I’m willing to bet the seller acquired this thing cheap realized what it was going to take to fix and decided to punt instead, isn’t this the years of that really unreliable and hard to work on cross fire injection system. I am not a corvette guy so I honestly don’t know its just the same body style of others I have seen videos on.

    Like 1
    • JC

      Pretty sure the cross fire injection was retired in ’84…

      Like 4
    • theGasHole

      Crossfire was only in 1984.

      Like 1
  8. JC

    Looks like it sat through a couple of haboobs with all that dust… non running car for “only” $6500… no thanks… I do like the cloth interior though, and wish I could find one… in running condition of course.

    Like 1
  9. Fred

    Looks like it was buried in the back yard .How about spending 10 bucks on a car wash?

    Like 5
  10. Vincent Sgroi

    I’m sorry, this Vette is what it is. A basket case. Imo, no one is going to ever restore a C4 Corvette. The C4 is the Titanic in the world of Corvette restoration.

    Like 1
  11. Lovin' Old Cars!

    It comes with the original San Tan Valley dirt.

    Like 2
  12. benica

    VIN shows….1989

    Like 2
    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNWMember

      Where do you see a VIN number in those 5 pictures?
      That vintage radar detector adds about $50 to the value, still not worth the ask.

      Like 0
  13. Jasin

    LS swap

    Like 0
  14. Stephen Payne

    I have a 90 or so I have been led to believe. I have a ballpark idea now as to what to expect when I sell it, whether here or elsewhere. I’m too old and broke down to get in and out anymore so it mostly sits and that is no good.

    Like 0

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