Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
The Chevrolet Corvette (C4) was a sports car produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1984 through 1996 model years.
The editors of Consumer Guide stated: "The first fully redesigned Corvette in 15 years was more sophisticated and more practical than the beloved Shark.”
September 2, 1994 marked the opening of the national Corvette Museum.
There were not too many changes on the 1994 Corvette. Some cosmetic changes for the model year were limited to the addition of two new colors, Admiral Blue and Copper Metallic, and unique non-directional five-spoke wheels included with the ZR-1 package.
Inside, a passenger-side airbag and knee bolster were made standard, complying with the second phase of the federal government’s “passive restraint” safety requirements. Leather seats were made standard, and were available in base and “sport” versions. Less-restrictive bolsters were now included to accommodate larger passengers and to facilitate entry and exit.
Also new was a redesigned two-spoke steering wheel that, to most reviewers, was a functional step down from the one it. A one-touch “express down” driver’s side power window was likewise added for ‘94, and new dashboard instrumentation now changed colors from white to tangerine at night. Also, the car’s air-conditioning system now used an environmentally friendly refrigerant, R-134a, instead of the ozone-layer-unfriendly R-12 Freon. What’s more, rear windows on convertibles were now made of glass instead of plastic and came standard with a defogger.
Surprisingly, 1994 Corvette sales rose to 23,330 despite few noteworthy changes and a modest price increase to $36,185. The $31,258 ZR-1 package managed only 448 orders, however. It was subsequently announced that 1995 would be the last model year for the King of the Hill. The package was being continued in order to make use of the several hundred LT5 engines built by Mercury Marine that remained in storage.
After years of planning and fund-raising with support from both Chevrolet and private contributors, the National Corvette Museum would open in Bowling Green, Kentucky, not far from the assembly plant, on September 2, 1994.
Four-thousand Corvettes from virtually every state in the union would be on hand for the opening ceremonies, and 118,000 visitors would tour the museum over the course of the three-day festivities; the gift shop alone would ring up $1 million in sales.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|13.8 @ 105 mph||350 cu in 300hp LT-1||5.1||Simulation|
|13.3 @ 108 mph||350 cu in 405hp ZR1||4.7||Simulation|
|350 cu in LT-1||350 cu in||Injection||300 hp @ 5000rpm||340lb-ft @ 4000 rpm|
|350 cu in LT-5||350 cu in||Injection||405 hp @ 5800 rpm||355 lb-ft @ 5200rpm|
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