Peter Brock
Peter Brock
11/13/20 8:29 a.m.

I had the rare opportunity as a young designer to work at GM Styling in the mid ’50s. I wasn’t aware at the time just how crucial that era would be in terms of the future of the American automobile industry and Chevrolet in particular, but time has a way of clarifying history that&rsquo…

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300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
11/13/20 8:56 p.m.

So, what was the rationale for the C4 ??

noddaz
noddaz UltraDork
11/16/20 2:10 p.m.
300zxfreak said:

So, what was the rationale for the C4 ??

Bean counters will be bean counters.

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
11/16/20 3:22 p.m.
300zxfreak said:

So, what was the rationale for the C4 ??

Drive a 1982 C3.

OK, that may have been a cheap shot, but smog and CAFE requirements were ensuring the brutally powered big block approach was now a non-starter, and the C3 chassis was seriously dated. While the interior was a pretty bad case of cost-cutting, the chassis was much lighter, with a far more modern suspension, both of which the Corvette lineup badly needed.

Bardan
Bardan New Reader
4/2/21 12:41 p.m.

In reply to 300zxfreak :

They almost whacked the Corvette in 83 (only a handfull were built in 83). GM was being overrun by Japanese cars, 911 Turbo was the darling of the day and the automotive press basicly said Corvettes were a joke. It was either total revamp or shut it down.

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
4/4/21 4:54 p.m.
Bardan said:

In reply to 300zxfreak :

They almost whacked the Corvette in 83 (only a handfull were built in 83). GM was being overrun by Japanese cars, 911 Turbo was the darling of the day and the automotive press basicly said Corvettes were a joke. It was either total revamp or shut it down.

There are no 83s. Some prototypes and mules were built, but the 84 model year began earlier than normal.

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