Yes folks, there's still another Z-car out in the pool, but it will live to see another day, because today we're featuring Lauren. That's not the reader's name, mind you, its the car's. Lauren is an '85 Corvette, and we think that she's a nice example of the C4. Reader j3studio picked up the car in 2004 and has been restoring her ever since. So far, the Vette's gotten some paint work, a new exhaust system, a new set of Bilstein shocks, fresh tires, and an assortment of other small fixes.
Lauren's been judged as being "Top Flight" by the National Corvette Restorer's Society (NCRS) and is driven at least once a week as long as there's no snow or salt on the road. She currently has around 57,000 miles on the odometer. J3studio is trying to keep this 'Vette as original as possible, and in her stock form she's loaded up with the Z51 suspension, performance axle, Delco-Bose stereo (which still works fine), and leather seating with power adjustments for the driver. Under the hood, she sports GM's 5.7L V8 with Tuned Port Injection (this was the first year of the TPI V8, according to the owner) , which makes 230 horsepower and was capable of bringing the car up to a top speed of 150 mph.
Sadly, j3studio didn't include an interior photo, as we'd have loved to include a shot of the car's full-digital dashboard for old times' sake. That part of the car is quintessentially 80s, and people apparently think the same of the its light metallic blue finish. They called it "very 80s" enough times that the owner turned that into a vanity plate to celebrate the car's 21'st birthday. It may be very 80s, but it's also very nice, and worthy of this week's final Reader Ride of the Day.
UPDATE - j3studio has forwarded us a shot of the dash, and we've added it after the jump!
Follow the jump for more pictures and instructions on how to submit your car.
How to submit to RR of the Day:
Create a Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Even if your ride is sweet, it will not be chosen if there's not a lot of info accompanying it. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!