A new instrument panel was designed for 1983. It featured a multitude of information, all electronically displayed in detail. Multi-colored readouts are displayed by electronic liquid crystals along with analog and digital speed, engine revs, numeric readouts of engine and electrical conditions, fuel consumption and trip mileage data.
An automatic 4sp trans with overdrive was offered as std. An all-new 4sp manual with overdrive on its top three gears, something that was exclusive to Corvettes, was available at no additional cost. Engineered with a hydraulically operated clutch at the front and a computer controlled overdrive at the rear.
GM ordered all 43 Pilot Cars to be crushed in Bowling Green, Ky, where they were produced. All were being destroyed by a mobile crusher, one by one, until the worker Ralph Montileone got to the last car. Out of nowhere, it started to downpour over Bowling Green, and he decided to save the final crushed car until the next day.
Ralph Montileone had just bought some expensive boots and didn’t want to ruin them in the inches of rain that started flooding the parking lot, so the car was left untouched. As Montileone arrived at the plant the following day, the mobile crusher was gone. This crusher was a rental, and during the night the rental company came and took the crusher away, leaving the lone surviving car.
The 1983 was driven to a back lot of the plant and parked indefinitely. After the C4 started to sell well into its first few years, a plant manager noticed the lone white Corvette sitting in the back of the parking lot and found out that it was a 1983 model. It was decided that this car would be brought into the front lobby of the Corvette plant after a fresh paint job, and it would be on display as the only surviving 1983 Corvette. It now sits in the National Corvette Museum in KY.
azmusclecar on Dec 31, 2021 said:
Excellent thread Mario......how do you do it? Yes that is always a trivia question at car events.
I took some cash and headed to a car auction and an 84 with CROSS FIRE INJECTION was going to go across the block. Wow, there were problems with that fuel delivery system and they couldn't keep the Corvette running. I knew my level of skill was not ready to tackle the issues with that system.
So I put the Benjamins back in the bank and waited. The only C4 I ever owned was my recent 1996 Grand Sport. I shied away from them due to rumors and the issues of getting in and out of them with that frame at the door threshold. The Grand Sport was okay and it ticked a box that had an itch.
The C4 was light years ahead of the C3's and actually helped bring the C5 generation into existence with the technology developed with the C4.
Digital gauges back then with questionable lifetimes???? Then the dreaded Opti-Spark getting wet thanks to the weep hole for the water pump directly over the distributor. Smooth move Ex-lax, I mean GM.
I feel one of THEE BEST transmissions is the ZF6 Manual from Germany. Even today's Tremec can't match the smoothness of the ZF transmission. The Tremecs I find are very notchy finding gear gates and sloppy in neutral.
GM should have stayed with the ZF when the C5 came out in 1997. The ZF was what they put in the C4 ZR1s. I never found out why they went to the Tremec 6 speed in 1997. I had 5 C5s and 3 of them manuals.
Give me a Muncie or even a Saginaw and a Hurst shifter of old properly installed and aligned and I am a happy gearbanger.
To end this post I will say this:
Yes it is New Year's Eve as I post this and:
We may not know what the future holds, but we do know WHO holds the future.
God bless and prayers for a blessed New Year.
Rob[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Feb 15, 2022 said:
I didn't know either George until I started looking into the Corvette history. I love the C2 then the C1 and early C3's. After that they made the Corvettes too aerodynamic for my taste. But the younger kids like them and they have the money so they're the new market. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]