Corvette was the second year of the sixth generation of Corvettes.
This generation of Corvettes was badged the C4 body style. In 1985,
Corvette introduced the Tune Port Fuel Injection system which replaced
the 1984 Corvette's Cross Fire Fuel Injection (the Cross Fire Fuel
Injection System was know to Corvette enthusiasts as the "Misfire
Fuel Injection" due to it's sluggishness). The Tune Port system
improved horsepower by 15%, torque by 10% and fuel economy by 11%.
Of the C4 Corvette generation, the 1985 model is known to be among
the highest horsepower and torque of its generation. My Corvette
has seen 20 mpg (with a trained foot of course). The Z51 high performance
suspension package was improved for 1985. It consisted of lower
spring rates, increased anti-roll bar diameters, 10.5 inch wide
wheels (9.5 inch wide was standard) and Delco-Bilstein performance
gas shock absorbers. The standard tires were Goodyear P255/VR50-16.
The car could be ordered with a 4+3 manual transmission.
my story, I purchased the car in June of 1989 from its original
owner who lived in Lynwood, NJ. The car was production model number
117,062 for 1985, was garage kept, had 17,000 miles and had never
seen rain. Although, I have to admit I did get caught in the rain
with it a couple times. The car had a one-piece removable plexiglass
top and light grey cloth interior. Cloth interiors are very rare
in the Corvette and I have to say mine is the only one I have ever
seen for the C4 generation Corvette. It was love at first sight.
My car had the 4-Speed automatic transmission, which I wasn't crazy
about. I preferred having a manual transmission, but Chevrolet was
having problems with manual transmission failures in the early 80's.
The 4-Speed automatic turned out to be the better bet.
In January of 1990, I got
engaged and with every engagement comes marriage and a place to
live, so we bought a home. Well, of course, the house we wanted
was a little out of our price range at the time, so I had to sell
the Vette. I sold the car to my brother in April of 1990 with 21,348
miles on it for it's wholesale price. The car was still kept in
my garage and maintained by me, but my brother had the pleasure
of driving it. The sale agreement was that I was to buy the car
back from him at an undisclosed later date for the same price I
sold it to him for (what a sweet deal for all parties involved).
I bought the car back from him in July of 1992 with 26,095 miles
for his original purchase price. I work in the city and drive to
the train everyday, so I am lucky if I put 2,000 miles a year on
the car (as most of you might know it is not good to let a car sit
for long periods of time). In case youre wondering, no, I
don't drive the car to the train and leave it in the parking lot.
That would be too risky. I used to drive the car more when I worked
outside of the city, driving it to work on nice days.