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1985 Corvette Coupe
Z51 Performance Package

     

 Specifications:

Engine Type 350 Cu. In. L98 V-8 (5.7 Liter)
Horsepower 230 @ 4000 rpm
Torque, lbs-ft. 330 @ 3200 rpm
Compression Ratio 9.5 to 1
Bore, Inches 4.00
Stroke, Inches 3.48
Carburation Tune Port Fuel Injection
Suspension Z51Performance Package
Transmission 4-Speed Automatic w/Overdrive

The Story:

The 1985 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:

As for 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 you’re 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.

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