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1986 Corvette C4 Convertible
1986 Corvette: Official GM Photo.

The convertible returned to the Corvette line late in the 1986 model year. This was excellent news and fans of America's sports car were too enthused to wonder why it had been gone for ten years.

Open air motoring carried a significant price increase however. The convertible was a $5,000 premium over the coupe and at $32,032 it cracked the $30,000 price point by a significant amount. The Corvette had been getting pricey in recent years. Only two short model years earlier, the 1984 Corvette was $21,800 and except for the '82 Collector Edition Hatchback, it was the first Corvette to cost more than $20,000. With a huge jump in performance and technology via the C4 introduction, the Corvette maintained its lead as the premier performance car bargain. Customers were still plentiful and the sales volume continued at a healthy pace. Perhaps Chevrolet had been underpricing the 'vette all along?

1986 Corvette C4 Convertible Pace Car Replica
In 1986 Corvette was chosen to pace the Indianapolis 500 and all 1986 Corvette convertibles received pace car replica status. As with the first 1978 Indy 500 pace car replica, decals commemorating the event were shipped with each car, leaving the owners with the installation decision.

1986 saw the introduction of ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) on all Corvettes. Like the fuel injection system, it was Bosch sourced.

Aluminum heads, slightly redesigned and upping the horsepower from 230 to 235, appeared in all convertibles and the later coupes.

1986 Corvette For Sale

1986 Corvette Convertible
Price: $14,450 (Trades Considered)
Exterior: Dark Red Metallic
Interior: Saddle Leather
Miles: 33,354
Location: 1040 Seminole Blvd Largo, Fl 33770

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1986 Corvette Convertible, all original, bought new at the TOY STORE 30 years ago, spent all it's life in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, Dark Red Metallic with Electric Powered Saddle Leather seat, and Tan top, manual transmission, first convertible since 1975, the 1986 convertible was THE OFFICIAL INDY 500 PACE CAR, official Indy 500 plaque on dash, high performance chip, ABS, antitheft system, 350 ci, 230 HP, driven 1,100 miles per year, includes FULL DOCUMENTATION: FACTORY WINDOW STICKER, SALES INVOICE, BUYER'S ORDER FORM, OWNER'S MANUAL, INDY 500 DECAL PACKAGE, WARANTY AND OWNER ASSISTANT INFORMATION BOOKLET, GM PROTECTION PLAN, GM MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE, radio owner's manual, demo tape for your Delco-GM/Bose music system, compare this Rare Indy Pace Car at $19,995, our YEAR END TAX SALE PRICE IS $14,450/$169 a month V (more)

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VATS key Corvettes have always been prime targets for car thiefs, so a novel anti-theft system was introduced for the 1986 'vette. Embedded in each key was an electrical resistor whose value acted like a code. If the car did not read the correct code, starting was disabled and a built in delay prevented a restart attempt for two minutes.
1986 Corvette C4 high mounted safety light
Center High Mounted Stop Lights (CHMSL) made their Corvette coupe debut just in front of the rear glass in 1986. As with many other car designs of the day, the government mandated brake lights were tacked on as an afterthought. The convertibles fared better with a less intrusive solution located in the rear bumper. In later years the designers were better able to integrate the requirements and the styling to a more satisfying solution.

1986 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
24S Removable Roof Panel, blue tint (coupe) 12,021 (34.24%) $595.00
4001ZA Malcolm Konner Special Edition (coupe) 50 (0.14%) $500.00
64S Removable Roof Panel, bronze tint (coupe) 7,819 (22.27%) $595.00
AG9 Power Driver Seat 33,983 (96.79%) $225.00
AQ9 Sports Seats, leather 13,372 (38.09%) $1,025.00
AR9 Base Seats, leather n/a $400.00
AU3 Power Door Locks 34,215 (97.45%) $175.00
B4P Radiator Booster Fan 8,216 (23.40%) $75.00
B4Z Custom Feature Package 4,832 (13.76%) $195.00
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels (coupe) 6,242 (17.78%) $895.00
C68 Electronic Air Conditioning Control 16,646 (47.41%) $150.00
D84 Two-Tone Paint (coupe) 3,897 (11.10%) $428.00
FG3 Delco-Bilstein Shock Absorbers 5,521 (15.73%) $189.00
G92 Performance Axle Ratio, 3.07:1 4,879 (13.90%) $22.00
K34 Cruise Control 34,197 (97.40%) $185.00
KC4 Engine Oil Cooler 7,394 (21.06%) $110.00
MM4 4-Speed Manual Transmission 6,835 (19.47%) n/a
NN5 California Emission Requirements 5,697 (16.23%) $99.00
UL5 Radio Delete 166 (0.47%) n/a
UM6 AM-FM Stereo Cassette 2,039 (5.81%) $122.00
UU8 Stereo System, Delco-Bose 32,478 (92.51%) $895.00
V01 Heavy-Duty Radiator 10,423 (29.69%) $40.00
Z51 Performance Handling Package (coupe) 12,821 (36.52%) $470.00
Z6A Rear Window + Side Mirror Defoggers (coupe) 21,837 (62.20%) $165.00

Total Production: 35,109
Coupe: 27,794 (79.16%)
Convertible: 7,315 (20.84%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 235 hp engine and four speed automatic transmission: $27,027.00.
Base Corvette Convertible with 350 cu. in. 235 hp engine and four speed automatic transmission: $32,032.00.
Note the nice balance of the prices!


Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top
13 Silver Metallic 1,209 (3.44%) Graphite / Medium Gray Black / White
13 / Silver / Gray 1,049 (2.99%) Graphite / Medium Gray / Red
18 Medium Gray Metallic 1,603 (4.57%) Graphite / Medium Gray / Red Black / White
18 / Gray / Black 1,138 (3.24%) Graphite / Medium Gray
20 Medium Blue Metallic 128 (0.36%) Blue / Graphite Black / White
35 Yellow 1,464 (4.17%) Graphite Black / White
40 White 4,176 (11.89%) Blue / Bronze / Graphite / Medium Gray / Red / Saddle Black / Saddle / White
40 / White / Silver 693 (1.97%) Graphite / Medium Gray
41 Black 5,464 (15.56%) Graphite / Medium Gray / Red / Saddle Black / Saddle / White
53 Gold Metallic 777 (2.21%) Graphite / Saddle Black / Saddle
59 Silver Beige Metallic 1,383 (3.94%) Bronze / Graphite Black
59 / Silver Beige / Medium Bro 1,014 (2.89%) Bronze
66 Copper Metallic 4 (0.01%) Graphite / Saddle Black / Saddle
69 Medium Brown Metallic 488 (1.39%) Bronze / Saddle Saddle
74 Dark Red Metallic 5,002 (14.25%) Graphite / Saddle Black / Saddle / White
81 Bright Red 9,466 (26.96%) Graphite / Red / Saddle Black / Saddle / White
Spec Silver Beige / Black 50 (0.14%) Graphite

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Chris Goodman says...
I hope I can get some good deals with you all. I got a 1986 vette I am get ready to be fix up soon . so hop you all lp me out thanks Chris .
2nd August 2015 6:35am
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