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C4 Owner living in San Jose California


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FranV8

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Sat 15 Jul 17 12:13


Hi CorvetteBlack,

Firstly, pics of your car please!

If your car is in good condition and you like it, it's well worth bringing it over. C4's are very rare in the UK motoring population, I think there are around 200 registered in the whole of the UK. Also, and let's be honest, it hasn't been the "go to" generation for most Corvette dancers, but it does seems now there are a niche of people looking for cars and not a lot of market choice to supply them, so if you do bring it you'll likely be able to sell it for a reasonable (but not life changing!) sum, if you don't and want one you could be in for a long search to get the one you want.

We're well served with parts thanks to local suppliers and also online shipping options from the US, of course these cars don't eat them too much anyway.

I'd personally advise spannering for yourself if you can, we've got some good specialists but you may not live near them and the C4 is a little different to work on than run of the mill cars.

129k, my old car had about this when I traded it, and Popkid I think had 189k on his. Its more dependent on how you keep on top of condition, but come sales time a low miler would be more attractive, it's not a show stopper.

You will need some minor conversion to the car to make it legal for use in the UK. I can't remember what the test standards would be for your car, if it is just basic MOT you'll need some minor lighting changes.

Where in the UK would you be moving back to?


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FranV8

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Sat 15 Jul 17 15:39


Yes - quick look at the gov.uk website says that if the car is more than 10 years old you don't need what we call an "IVA" test - so it will just need the usual MOT (annual safety inspection) that is straightforward to pass, this will need modiifcations to your lighting for amber turn signals (rear), adding a foglight and if they are feeling strict you'll need a slight mod at the front so the sidelights are white instead of using the turn signal - many of us have done this with new headlight lenses (you'll sort of need anyway so the headlights "dip" to the correct side of the road) with small sidelight bulbs in them. Hope this helps.


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corvetteBlack

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Sun 16 Jul 17 06:36


Pics here! I'd be living in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The modifications to lighting concern me a little bit, not the cost but the parts involved, is this a straightforward job? I have one of the very best Corvette mechanics in this region of California and I'm thinking of having him do all this work before I ship the car (If I do ship it).

Pics here https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums/c4s-for-sale-wanted/388...


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Hi, I'm a British citizen, though not born in England, who is now living in San Jose, California. I own a 1989 6 SP Manual C4 Corvette. I might return to live in England one day so I am a member of this UK Corvette Club.

I'm also a member of Corvette Forum US.
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FranV8

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Sun 16 Jul 17 10:13


Looks like a really nice car, I always wanted one of those manifolds for my old 86 (also goes by the name of Accel Super Ram), and being a 6 speed there is more of a "manual" culture here than in the US.

You'd be giving it away at $3k, keep it and bring it over would be my opinion, unless you want a clean break and search for a C5 in the UK (upwards of £11k here)


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FranV8

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Sun 16 Jul 17 10:15


PS Lighting isn't complicated. Headlamps are going to be less than £100. If you're doing what GM did for export then you need the now hard to get hold of amber replacement lenses (2 off) - Tom Falconer of Claremont Corvette here in the UK had some commissioned I believe, but they won't be cheap understandably. Wiring is fairly straightforward.


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kentvette

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Mon 17 Jul 17 10:53

Re: C4 Owner living in San Jose California


That's a nice looking car.

Bringing it over is probably your best choice. I have a friend in So Cal with a perfect 84 that he has had since new. It's in showroom condition, but he can't "give it away" at the moment. If you enjoy it and it running well, why let it go. Our old '78 has 121k miles on it now, still going strong!

I'd get the lighting done when you here, chances are someone in the UK will know better what's required. But, to honest, as Fran says, its an easy job to do yourself, just a bit of wire changing. I suspect the instruction on the Members Section here will be much the same for a C4.


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corvetteBlack

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Thu 20 Jul 17 09:58

Re: C4 Owner living in San Jose California


I think I'll ship it over, should cost 1-3k USD, better than selling it for 2k here which is a major loss because I bought it for 7k in August 2016 and have invested 2.5k into it.

If it's any consolation Vettes are rare even in the US, very very rare, whether it's a C6 down to a C3 (C1 & C2 only exist at car shows so I won't count them lol). During my 1 year here in California I have NEVER seen a C3 on the road, all the way from San Francisco to LA, I have only seen 2 other C4's on the road, one which is a regular that I see once every couple of weeks and looks identical to mine. C5's and C6's are more common to see as far as Corvettes go.

I think C3's are going down the C2 route, in another 10-15 years or so a descent C3 will probably be 3 times what it's worth now, more if it's one of the '68 - '71 C3's which Corvette fans go crazy over here in the US.

C4's have a tricky decade ahead of them, problem is some people in situations like mine have to sell their C4's for 2-4k which devalues them a lot, someone with a really nice looking C4 and someone with a crappy tattered one will both fetch 2-4k during hard sale times (unless you have a ZR-1).

As far as future investments if I keep my C4 I think it'll be a reasonable bet because it's a 6 speed manual with the super ram, Votex air intake, typical Lingenfelter type mods but from what I've read the 89' 6 speed manual and the LT4's (1996 manual) will hold good value in the future. I hope at least if I ship it I can sell it when I get back home (UK) for a descent price because it really is in TOP condition, or I can store it away and drive it during summer.



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corvetteBlack

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Mon 07 Aug 17 08:55

Re: C4 Owner living in San Jose California


I solved the Vette today, with more than perfect condition engine and great interior (leather all good, etc) for 2k USD. OUCH.


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Hi, I'm a British citizen, though not born in England, who is now living in San Jose, California. I own a 1989 6 SP Manual C4 Corvette. I might return to live in England one day so I am a member of this UK Corvette Club.

I'm also a member of Corvette Forum US.
http://www.corvetteforum.com/forums/members/533515-corvetteb...

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stevel98

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Mon 07 Aug 17 13:37

Re: C4 Owner living in San Jose California


Does the super ram make any significant difference on its own, or do you have to compound the effect with long tube headers, cam, etc to get the best out of it? Scratchchin

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Wed 09 Aug 17 08:50

Re: C4 Owner living in San Jose California


corvetteBlack wrote (View Post):I solved the Vette today, with more than perfect condition engine and great interior (leather all good, etc) for 2k USD. OUCH.

Solved = shipped, or sold? Surprised

I fancy a C4 to go with the C5 one day I must say. I think they'll enjoy a UK renaissance soon. Old school and 80s vibes definitely still popular!


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