Sebring Silver w/Black interior, 350/330hp LT-4, 6-speed manual transmission.
We all love our “Special Edition . . . fill in the blank”. Be they cars, motorcycles, wristwatches etc. Having an example of something that most other people won’t have, has always been appealing to the general buying public. And Corvettes are no exception to this rule. The first Collector Edition Corvette was introduced in ’82 to commemorate the end of production for the C3’s.
So, it was only fitting that such a model would be brought out when C4 production came to an end in ’96. Both the C3 and C4 hold the distinction of being the two longest production runs in Corvette history! 14 years for the C3 and 12 years for the C4. So, Chevrolet decided that there had to be not one, but two special Corvettes offered in to celebrate in ’96! The first was the Grand Sport (which we also have an example of in our current inventory). And the other was the aforementioned Collector Edition. When you checked RPO Z15 on your Corvette order form, you got Sebring Silver exterior paint and your choice of either Gray, Red or Black as your interior color. Also part of the Pkg, was special chrome Collector Ed. emblems 17″ Silver painted 5-spoke ZR-1 style aluminum wheels. The interior was equipped multi-adjustable Lear Sports seats, electronic climate control and just about power everything! But, even with all of this standard equipment, there were still a few very cool options . . .
Since ZR-1 production had ended the previous year, Corvette needed a little something extra under the hood to fill in the gap left by the legendary Twin Cam LT-5 engine. Enter the LT-4 engine! This was basically a “hot rodded” version of the LT-1, which was the standard engine in ’96. And it was no slouch either! However, the LT-4 just gave you that extra somethin’! Conservatively rated at 330hp (wink, wink), this engine had a higher compression ratio, new aluminum head design, Crane roller rocker arms, revised camshaft profile and some other tweaks here and there. What you ended up with was a fantastic performance car! Needless to say, it was a welcome, if limited edition to the options list! This engine was only available with a 6-spd. manual transmission. Pretty much, a Grand Sport of another color!
We would wager that the majority of Corvette buyer’s in ’96 purchased their cars to driver. And why wouldn’t you! Most of the fun happens behind the wheel! However, there were some that bought their cars to drive only on the occasional weekend and only id the weather was in full cooperation, if at all. One of these buyer’s was the previous owner of the “almost unused” example presented here. The car was part of a vast collection of American muscle and sports cars, where is was prominently displayed in a museum. The car is in almost new condition, have been driven only 1,800 carful miles since new! The original window sticker is still on the windshield! It’s optioned with the highly desirable LT-4 engine backed by a 6-spd. manual transmission, Preferred Equipment Group, which consisted of; electronic air conditioning, Delco-Bose Gold Series audio system, and power driver’s seat. Additional equipment includes a custom exhaust system.
If a pristine, ultra-low miles Collector Edition Coupe is on your wish list, we think you can do no better than this one right here!