• Dec 22nd 2006 at 8:18AM
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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!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I know it's common to trash '80s sports cars, but the C4 did evolve into a decent sports car--even by today's standards. The C4 ZR-1 ranked as one of the greats of the 1990s, even after production ceased in 1995. The ZR-1 suffered from a high price tag, but base C4s were blessed with the 300 hp LT1 V-8. The C4 was more about Computer Age utility than sexy looks. Drive a 1984 C4 next to an '82 C3 and you'll feel the smoother ride (still rough), better acceleration, and bigger cabin.

      Callaway's twin-turbo versions of the C4 were unappreciated in their day. They had tremendous horsepower and numbers that passed the Ferrari F40 and the Lamborghini Countach 5000QV. The Callaway SledgeHammer had 880 hp and a 255 mph top speed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow! Lauren is famouser than before! Way to go.

      I am a friend of j3's, and have seen Lauren in person, the photo's don't do that car justice. It looks as good (if not marginally better) than when it left the Chevy dealer some 21 years ago.

      BTW, I have a 1992 LT1 6sp Coupe. The 92 is light years ahead of the mid 80s, it's not even funny. So much tighter, so much smoother, so much faster. Amazing...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bob, why are you complaining about the model year when it's part of the RR criteria this week? OH the new ZO6 is WAY BETTER why isn't it RRotD??? Maybe cuz its 70's and 80's coupe week. Jut maybe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No such thing as a bad 'vette. It's just that some are more beautiful than others.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cowboy Bob needs to brush up on his Corvette History. 1997 was the first model year for the 5th Gen Corvette, so 1998 would be identical in appearance to the 1997.

      Anyway, everyone has their own opinions and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. J3's car is beautiful, I've seen it in person, if it were red, it would be even better :-)
      Steve in Long Beach
      • 1 Year Ago
      C4 was the Corvette rewrite, the beginning of what was to come. The car w/ Z51 was one of if not the best handling car at the time. The hp rating was on the low side among super cars but the torque made up for a whole lot of performance at mind you 1/2 to 1/4 the price. All Corvettes since the C4 have been based off this design, even the C7 chassis looks like the C4's. You might bad mouth the C4, lots do, but read up on this important generation and remember, don't compare it to a C5 or C6 because it had to evolve into that. If they could have build a C5 in 1985 they would have.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I never really liked the C4 vettes until I started going to a few autocrosses. If you haven't seen one run you'd never believe how those things carve through the cones. Absolutely amazing!

      Nice, original car :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I too grew up around Corvettes, which ignited my passion for cars. My brother had an '84 with the Cross-Fire Fuel Injection and the 4+3 transmission. He also had upgraded the wheels to the ZR-1 wheels. He later upgraded to a '93 convertible (automatic) which I loved too, particularly the interior and the dash. Though the full-digital dash of the '84 was always hot. I always have had an affinity to the C4 Vette, moreso than any other car on the road. And I always do a double take when I see a clean one on the road.

      Nice ride!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cowboy Bob is (fully) entitled to his opinions, but should remember that the C5 came out in 1997, not 1998. I have one of those, too ...
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is what started my fascination with cars as a kid. I wanted a Corvette, an IROC-Z Camaro, and a Ferrari F40. Had posters of all of them on my bedroom walls. The imports, while I can appreciate them now, just were never on my radar back then.
      • 8 Years Ago
      THAT is what I am talking about. Finally a decent ride!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll get you an interior shot ASAP ...
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