Is this 1991 Chevy Corvette a rare deal?

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Now is a good time to snap up C4 Corvettes like today’s Nice Price or No Dice convertible.
Let’s see if the price tag on this low-milage and seemingly rare color example will make buying it a snap.
You generally can’t go wrong buying an old Toyota Land Cruiser, as they are, on average, pretty solid and dependable trucks.
The 1997 Land Cruiser 40th Anniversary Edition we looked at last Friday was especially nice-looking, having dodged the cracking leather and fading paint that tends to dog the Land Cruiser line.
That wasn’t enough to make its $16,500 asking price seem palatable, though, as the winner’s circle in our vote was the one place the otherwise-capable Land Cruiser couldn’t reach.
I ask that because while today’s 1991 Chevy Corvette convertible isn’t the most desirable Corvette edition—nor its worst—there are still better ones to be had for not much more money than the seller of this car asks.
According to Corvette Story, only 835 cars were painted in Steel Metallic Blue in 1991.
Or, deal or no deal, would you wait for a better edition to come along?

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A C4 Corvette, such as the Nice Price or No Dice convertible offered today, is a great investment at this time. Let’s see if the low mileage and supposedly uncommon color example’s price tag will make purchasing it easy.

Purchasing an old Toyota Land Cruiser is usually a wise decision because these vehicles are typically very sturdy and trustworthy. Having escaped the fading paint and cracked leather that plague the Land Cruiser series, the 1997 Land Cruiser 40th Anniversary Edition that we examined last Friday was incredibly attractive. That didn’t help the $16,500 asking price seem reasonable, though, because the otherwise capable Land Cruiser couldn’t make it to the winner’s circle in our vote. Instead, it managed to lose by 60% without using dice.

Hey, how about we pose a question to begin the week? Do you believe it makes sense to pay more for the car you truly want or to settle for a subpar model at a lower cost?

I ask because, although the 1991 Chevy Corvette convertible being offered here isn’t the best or most desirable edition of the car, there are still better ones available for not much more than the seller is asking. Nevertheless, for those looking to join the Jorts and clunky white sneaker set at the lowest possible entry fee, this one has a lot to offer.

Let’s start by going over the positives. With the later, more contemporary, and, for many, more appealing bodywork, this C4 is a 1991 model. It also features the updated hybrid digital and dial dashboard that debuted the previous year. Moreover, it is a convertible. Depending on the amount of hair on your head, that could be a plus or a drawback.

The color is the next topic we cover. Only 835 cars were painted Steel Metallic Blue in 1991, according to Corvette Story. There are probably fewer than half as many cars exactly like this as there are coupes and convertibles. To put it succinctly, you wouldn’t see yourself entering and leaving this vehicle. There is also the general state of this car. With no serious problems with the paint, top, or cabin, it appears to be in excellent condition considering its age. Furthermore, it is said to operate and drive flawlessly.

Let’s start with the less appealing components, which is the engine. Again, this Chevy is a 1991, so it has the outdated L98 5.7-liter V8 engine. That results in a fairly meager 245 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque. This car would be amazing with a 300-horse LT1 if it were only a year older. The 700R four-speed automatic transmission is a commonplace addition to its problems. We can also combine the soft top with the other negative news, since for some people, that will definitely ruin the deal.

But this Corvette has a lot going for it for the rest of us. The car has a clear title and the odometer indicates 89,000 miles, which is a respectably low mileage. It’s also functional because of the stylish luggage rack on the back. Next is the $7,400 that is being asked for. Although that’s not a lot of money in general, is it fair to pay for a small portion of automotive history—albeit one of its less notable chapters—of the past?

How much does this well-preserved ‘Vette look like it should cost? Would you rather pay the $7,400 listed in the advertisement, or would you prefer to hold out for a better model?

It’s up to you!

If the ad vanishes, try Craigslist in Houston, Texas, or this link.

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