I had a bit of an automotive epiphany last night as I was thinking of this post. My two most favorite sports cars are the Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911. And it occurred to me that the C4 generation Corvette is to Corvettes what the 996 911 is to 911s. They both brought significant change to their respective nameplates, and they both get no respect.

In the case of the C4, though, it took some time for that disrespect to materialize. Unlike the 993 911, the C3 Corvettes best days were well in its past and by the late 70’s, it was mostly getting by on its reputation. While the C4 did have to make through with carryover engines, the rest of the car received it’s first complete redesign since the C2 in 1963. And this newness, unlike the 996, was accepted as better because it was. But as Corvettes and cars in general got better, we collectively began to think less and less of the cars of the so-called malaise era, choosing to deride them for what they weren’t instead of accepting them for what they were.

This Corvette from AUTOart comes from what I have christened as the b.c. (before composite) era. This is what we will speak of when we talk about the “good old days” of collecting. This won’t be much of a review because I’ve run out of ways to describe what is a typical model from AUTOart. AUTOart’s models don’t typically have working features beyond the basics, so it’s worth noting that the lights do rotate as they should. They’re not connected to each other as on other models, so they have to be done separately, but this allows you to pose them the way some of them looked after a years on the road. You can find these online for about $110, and are very much worth the price if you are a fan of Corvettes.