Junkyard Find: 1984 Chevrolet Corvette

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1984 chevrolet corvette

You know how there was no 1983 Corvette, and then the C4 finally came out in 1984, and it had this terrible twin-throttle-body fuel-injection system? Of course you do. Anyway, C4 Corvettes are worth enough these days that they’re not common sights in self-service wrecking yards, and those that I do find have been picked pretty clean.. Shops that specialize in Corvettes intercept most basket-case examples before they get to these yards, but I found four C4s all together at a Southern California yard last month. Let’s check out a well-stripped example of the first of the good-handling Corvettes.

This one is rough, the interior smells like the blue water in a Porta-Potty, and you’ll get a case of fiberglass-itch if you get too close.

But the Cross-Fire Injection is pretty cool-looking.

I didn’t bother to shoot the other three C4s, because they were all in similar condition.

I’m sure these carcasses will stay out on the yard until there’s nothing left of them.

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  • Halftruth Halftruth on Feb 14, 2014

    Had an 85 with the multi port injection. Bought with high miles and put 30K trouble free miles on it. Was dependable and ran 14.0 1/4.. Not bad for 160K miles. I am not a Gm guy by any stretch but always wanted a Vette. Cheap fun, easy to fix and easy to run. I would buy another in a sec. I think they are some of the best deals out there. Surprised to see three there in a row! That back glass is an expensive item as are alot of the other Vette-specific bits.

  • Peter421sd Peter421sd on Feb 22, 2014

    The comments here are really priceless,to dare to compare a Corvette to a Miata is so out of line is almost blasphemous,one wonders if the "reviewer" in question didn't spend his whole existence squeezed in the back seat of a Honda Civic...

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