In 1984, the fourth generation of Corvette saw dramatic improvements. It was lighter, safer and more aerodynamic, and that's just for starters! The Corvette also featured lighter braking and suspension systems and an electronic LCD dashboard.
In 1986, GM relaunched the first "proper" convertible since 1975. Other coupe models simply had T-top, lift-off roof panels. New features were made available across the whole range including anti-lock braking and fuel injection.
The top-end model is the ZR-1 and the early 90's models featured a V8, 5732cc LT-5 engines (created by Lotus Engineeriing in the UK) with 375 bhp and a six-speed gearbox. A fifth generation of Corvette was launched in 1997.
There have been six generations of Corvette
Between 1963 and 1967 the Corvette was also known as the Sting Ray. Between 1969 and 1976 this was renamed the Sringray (as one word). The name was dropped after this.
Photo: 1971 Corvette Convertible