When you are in the market for a used Corvette, you may have a favorite year or model that you are looking for. It may be helpful to know which models and years are considered the best and the worst models before you make your decision. Every Corvette buff has his or her preferences, and you may be aware of the good points and bad points in the Corvette history. But in case you aren’t, here are some of the cars considered to be the worst and the best.
At the top of the list is the 1967 Corvette Sting Ray L88. This hot number came with a 427 ci engine that advertised 430 horsepower, but the actual output was closer to 550 horsepower. With only 20 made, if you can find one, you’ll likely pay a pretty penny for it.
The 1970 Corvette LT1 with its 370 horsepower is another top favorite. The peak year of muscle cars, the ‘Vette didn’t quite fit the category, however, with its V8-inspired engine, it featured an aluminum intake, forged engine internals, and a tight sound.
Leading the way into the 21st century, the model years 2001-2004 Corvette Z06 are popular. The hottest car since the ZR1, the Z06’s high-performance engine put out 385 horsepower.
The 2015 C7 Corvette Z06 is the newest favorite, thanks to its 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine that blasts out 650 horsepower while looking as hot as it runs.
Chevrolet broke out of the mold when introducing the 1990-1995 Corvette ZR-1. Far different than its predecessors, the ZR-1 sported wider doors and wider wheels. Lotus Engineering designed its LT5 engine that featured four valves driven by four cams per cylinder that boasted of 375 horsepower, which was pumped up to 405 horsepower later in the run.
Corvettes to look out for as being pronounced the worst start with the 1975 Stingray. With its 350 small block engine, it put out a pitiful 165 horsepower. Even though the 1979 L48 was the most popular year of all with sales that topped 58,000, its 195 horsepower pushed it onto the “Worst” list, also.
The 1983 Corvette made the list thanks to its late debut. Slated to be the 30th-anniversary car, it didn’t make it to the showrooms until January 1983, which bumped the C4 Corvette into 1984. The Corvette pace cars also got low ratings.
The friendly professionals at Davis Chevrolet in Houston, Texas, will be happy to help you find just the used Corvette that will make you happy.