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The eagerly-awaited sixth-generation Corvette for the '80s missed the 1983 model year completely, but arrived in spring 1983 in an all-new form.

  • An aerodynamic exterior featuring an "acute" windshield rake (64 degrees) covered a series of engineering improvements.
  • A one-piece, full-width fiberglass roof (no T-bar) was removable.
  • It had a transparent, acrylic lift-off panel with a solar screen optional.
  • At the rear was a frameless glass back window or hatch above four round tail lamps.
  • Hidden headlamps were featured, along with clear, integrated halogen fog lamps and front cornering lamps.
  • The dual sport mirrors were electrically remote controlled.
  • The unit body (with partial front frame) used a front-hinged "clam shell" hood with integral twin-duct air intake.
  • The sole 1984 V-8 was L83 350-cid (5.7-liter) V-8 with cross-fire fuel injection.
  • Stainless steel headers led into its exhaust system.
  • The air cleaner and the valve train had cast magnesium covers.
  • After being unavailable in 1982, a four-speed manual gearbox returned as the standard Corvette transmission (although not until January 1984).
  • A four-plus-three-speed automatic with computer-activated overdrive in every gear except first, was offered at no extra cost.
  • It used a hydraulic clutch.
  • Overdrive was locked out during rigorous acceleration above specified speeds and when a console switch was activated.
  • Under the chassis were an aluminum drive shaft, forged-aluminum suspension arms, and a fiberglass transverse leaf spring.
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering and power four-wheel disc brakes were standard.
  • Optional Goodyear 50-series "uni-directional" tires were designed for mounting on a specific wheel.
  • Inside, an electronic instrument panel featured both analog and digital LCD readouts in either English or metric measure.
  • A Driver Information System between the speedometer and tachometer gave a selection of switch-chosen readings.
  • At the driver's left was the parking brake.
  • Corvette's ample standard equipment list included an advanced (and very necessary) theft-prevention system with starter-interrupt.
  • Other standard equipment included: air conditioning; power windows; electronic-tuning seek/scan AM/FM stereo radio with digital clock; reclining bucket seats; leather-wrapped tilt/telescope steering wheel; luggage security shade; and side window defoggers.
  • Body colors were
    • White
    • Bright Silver Metallic
    • Medium Gray Metallic
    • Black
    • Light Blue Metallic
    • Medium Blue Metallic
    • Gold Metallic
    • Light Bronze Metallic
    • Dark Brown Metallic
    • Bright Red
  • Two-tone options were
    • Silver and Medium Gray
    • Light Blue and Medium Blue
    • Light Bronze and Dark Bronze
  • Interior colors came in Carmine; Bronze; Graphite; Medium Blue; Medium Gray; and Saddle


  • The serial number [Vehicle Identification Number -- VIN] was stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.
  • The Serial numbers ranged from 1G1AY07*2E5100001 to 1G1AY07*2E5151547
Position Character Description
1 1 US built
2 G General Motors product
3 1 Chevrolet Motor Division vehicle
4 A Type of non-passive passenger restraint system
5 Y Corvette car line series
6 & 7 07 Body style number: two-door hatchback coupe
8 8 5.7-liter Cross-Fire Injection (CFI) Chevrolet V8
9 ? A check digit that calculates the characters in the serial number and gives it a single digit code and can be used to verify that the serial number is legitimate
10 E The model year 1984
11 5 Bowling Green, KY
12-17 100001 and up production sequence
  • Engine serial number began 0001001
  • Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block just ahead of the cylinder head on the right-hand side combined with a three-letter engine code suffix
  • Also cast into the top rear of the block is a four-symbol code indicating when the engine was built
    • The first letter of the date code shows the month the block was cast
    • The one or two numbers shows the month
    • The last digit shows the year
  • Engine suffixes:
Code Engine Horsepower Compression Transmission Fuel Supply Emission Control System
ZFC L83 350-cid 205-hp V-8 9.0:1 THM automatic cross-fire fuel injection  
ZFD L83 350-cid 205-hp V-8 9.0:1 manual cross-fire fuel injection  
ZFF L83 350-cid 205-hp V-8 9.0:1 THM automatic cross-fire fuel injection California
ZFH L83 350-cid 205-hp V-8 9.0:1 THM automatic cross-fire fuel injection for export
ZFJ L83 350-cid 205-hp V-8 9.0:1 manual cross-fire fuel injection for export
ZFK L83 350-cid 205-hp V-8 9.0:1 THM automatic cross-fire fuel injection  
ZFM L83 350-cid 205-hp V-8 9.0:1 THM automatic cross-fire fuel injection California
ZFN L83 350-cid 205-hp V-8 9.0:1 THM automatic cross-fire fuel injection California
ZFR L83 350-cid 205-hp V-8 9.0:1 THM automatic cross-fire fuel injection California
  • The 1984 Corvette exterior colors were:
    • 10 = White
    • 16 = Bright Silver
    • 18 = Medium Gray Metallic
    • 19 = Black
    • 20 = Light Blue Metallic
    • 23 = Medium Blue Metallic
    • 53 = Gold Metallic
    • 63 = Light Bronze Metallic
    • 66 = Dark Bronze Metallic
    • 72 = Bright Red
    • 16/18 = Silver and Medium Gray
    • 20/23 = Light Blue and Medium Blue
    • 83/66 = Light Bronze and Dark Bronze
  • Upholstery Codes
Color Cloth & Leather Upholstery Sport Cloth Upholstery Leather Upholstery
Green 12C 12V  
Medium Gray 15C 15V 152
Medium Blue 28C 28V  
Saddle 62C 62V 622
Bronze 65C 65V 652
Graphite     122
Carmine     742


Model Model No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
Corvette 1Y Y07
2-dr. Hatch Coupe - 2 passenger

2-dr. Hatch Coupe - 2 passenger

$21,800 3088 51,547


Feature Standard Engine (RPO L83)
Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
Block Cast iron block
Displacement 350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 4.00" x 3.48"
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Brake horsepower 205 @ 4200
Torque 290 lb-ft @ 2800
Main bearing five
Valve lifters hydraulic
Fuel supply Cross-fire fuel injection (twin TBI - throttle body injection)


  • Automatic Transmission
    • Four-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic (TMH 700-R4)
    • floor-mounted gear shifter
    • gear ratios
      • 1st = 3.06:1
      • 2nd = 1.63:1
      • 3rd = 1.00:1
      • 4th = 0.70:1
      • Rev = 2.29:1
    • Final drive ratio: 2.73:1
  • Manual Transmission
    • Four-speed manual with overdrive
    • floor-mounted gear shifter
    • gear ratios
      • 1st = 2.88:1
      • 2nd = 1.91:1
      • 3rd = 1.33:1
      • 4th = 1.00:1
      • overdrive = 0.67:1
      • Rev = 2.78:1
    • Final drive ratio: 3.07:1 (optional 3.31:1)


Feature Coupe
Wheelbase 96.2 inches (2.443 m)
Overall length 176.5 inches (4.483 m)
Overall width 71.0 inches (1.803 m)
Overall height 46.7 inches (1.186 m)
Front tread 59.6 inches (1.514 m)
Rear tread 60.4 inches (1.534 m)
Standard Wheel size 15 x 7 inches
Optional Wheel size 16 x 8 inches
Standard Tires P215/65R-15
Optional Tires P225/50VR-16
Steering rack and pinion (power assisted)
Front suspension Single fiberglass composite monoleaf transverse spring with unequal-length aluminum control arms and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension Fully independent five-link system with transverse fiberglass single-leaf springs, aluminum upper/lower trailing links and strut-rod tie-rod assembly
Brakes Four-wheel power disc
Body construction Unibody with partial front frame
Fuel tank 20 US Gal (16.7 Imp Gal) (76 liters)


RPO AG9 Power driver seat $210
RPO AQ9 Sports cloth seats $210
RPO AR9 Base leather seats $400
RPO AU3 Power door locks $165
RPO CC3 Removable transparent roof panel $595
RPO D84 Two-tone paint $428
RPO FG3 Delco-Bilstein shock absorbers $189
RPO G92 Performance axle ratio $22
RPO KC4 Engine oil cooler $158
RPO K34 Cruise control $185
RPO MM4 Four-speed manual transmission no-cost option
RPO QZD P255/50VR-16 tires and 16-inch wheels $561.20
RPO ULS Radio delete $331 credit
RPO UM6 AM-FM stereo radio with cassette $153
RPO UN8 AM-FM stereo with Citizens Band $153
RPO UU8 Delco-Bose stereo system $895
RPO VO1 Heavy-duty radiator $57
RPO YF5 California emissions certification $75
RPO Z51 Performance handling package $600.20
RPO Z6A Rear window and side mirror defoggers $160


1984 Corvette Notes

  • Introduced: March 25,1983
  • Model-year production: 51,547 (in extended model year)
  • Calendar-year production: 35,661
  • Calendar-year sales by U.S. dealers: 30,424
  • Model-year sales by U.S. dealers: 53,877 (including 25,891 sold during the 1983 model year)
  • Car and Driver called the new Corvette "the most advanced production car on the planet."
  • Motor Trend described it as "the best-handling production car in the world, regardless of price."
  • Heady praise indeed.
  • During its year-and-a-half model run, orders poured in well ahead of schedule, even though the new edition cost over $5,000 more than the 1982 version.
  • The body offered the lowest drag coefficient of any Corvette: just 0.341
  • Testing at GM's Proving Grounds revealed 0.95G lateral acceleration-the highest ever for a production car.
  • Only 6,443 Corvettes had a four-speed manual transmission and only 410 came with a performance axle ratio, but 3,729 had Delco-Bilstein shock absorbers installed.


1984 Corvette

1984 Corvette

1984 Corvette

1984 Corvette

1984 Corvette

1984 Corvette