The Case Of The Missing 1983 Corvette

The Year The Corvette Went Missing

There are plenty of different makes and models of cars that are on the market today, but one of the most popular (and perhaps best looking) is the Chevrolet Corvette. It’s hard to find a car that lives up to the name or Corvette, especially when so many cars seem to be so cheaply

Prototype of the 1983 Corvette

Prototype of the 1983 Corvette

made nowadays, but did you know that in 1983, GM just mysteriously stopped producing Corvettes? In fact, that entire year, not a single Corvette was made. For Corvette lovers out there, this article will outline exactly how the convertible Chevrolet stingray Corvette seemed to just “disappear” in 1983.

Prior to this disappearance of the line of Corvettes, GM had been selling these beautiful cars at an accelerating rate. Not only were the cars selling incredibly well, but car lovers were putting their Corvettes on display. This “working mans” car was a huge step up from any of the other cars that were currently being made, and owning a convertible Corvette was a thing of beauty, and something to be very proud of.

Retooling For The New C4 Generation

machine being retooled

example of retooling

In 1983 however, GM just stopped producing this beautiful line of cars. Come to find out, the reasoning behind this mysterious disappearance was due to the massive upgrades that were coming to the car. There were so many upgrades to the stingray in fact, that the car became unsafe for the environment. When emission laws were passed to ban the excessive pollution that many sports cars put out, GM was unable to meet these standards with their new “improved” Corvette, but in 1984, they released an entirely new line of upgraded Corvettes. The disappearance of Corvettes in 1983 once beckoned the question of why, but after this widely sought-after answer was finally found, the new line of Corvettes had already come out, and consumer were incredibly easy to forgive GM for this minor slip-up.

The prototype versions of the 1983 model are available for display in some museums, but although the prototype was built, the cars still do not meet emission standards. For those who would like to see one of the 43 prototypes, a simple search will bring up each and every location of these beautiful cars that just seemed to vanish.

In closing, the 1983 disappearance of the Corvette is a really interesting topic to look into. For more information, look into the GM background and records that are made available, and you will no doubt see the gap from 1982 to 1984 in the selling of this beautiful pieces of machinery.

1984 Chevrolet Corvette

1984 Chevrolet Corvette



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