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Car Of The Day: November 29, 2017; Hot Wheels '88 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
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Today's car of the day is Hot Wheels' 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible.


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The Chevrolet Corvette (C4) was a sports car that was produced by Chevrolet for the 1984 through 1996 model years. The convertible returned, as did higher performing engines, exemplified by the 375 hp (280 kW) LT5 found in the ZR-1. Though prices rose even as sales declined, the fourth generation Corvette won its own loyal following as one of the United States' most desirable sports cars. The C4 Corvette was known for its evolved, sleek and modern look. In a departure from the fiberglass panels of its forebearers, the C4's rear bumpers and panels were made from molding plastics, a sheet molding compound. The C4 fastback coupe was the first general production Corvette to have a glass hatchback (the limited edition 1982 Collector Edition being the first Corvette equipped with this feature) for better storage access. The Corvette C4 came standard with an electronic dashboard with a digital liquid crystal display dash, with graphics for speed and RPM and digital displays for other important engine functions. The C4 represented a clean break from the previous generation of Corvette with a completely new chassis and modern, sleeker styling.



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In 1999, Hot Wheels retired this 1988 casting they named "Custom Corvette," and gave the casting this "Final Run" farewell issue. I like this casting, so it was bittersweet to get this nice Treasure Hunt looking version, but knowing it would be the last one produced.


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The 1986 Corvette saw the reintroduction of the convertible and was named as the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500. The primary design emphasis, at least for the launch, was on handling and braking, with all-independent suspension with light-weight suspension and wheels, and all new brakes with aluminum calipers. The front suspension saw the C3's coil springs replaced by a transverse fiberglass mono-leaf spring, which was only 1/3 of the weight of the coil springs while also introducing an anti-roll bar-like effect on the front. The price of this no-holds-barred emphasis on handling was ride comfort, especially with the Z51 performance and handling package. The C4 did not use separate body-on-frame construction like its predecessors. Instead, it used what GM termed a "uniframe", which consisted of a traditional perimeter frame, with the door posts, windshield frame, halo, and the rear portion of the floor pan integrated into one welded assembly. This was not a unibody assembly, as none of the exterior body panels were structural members. Due to a styling decision to use a targa top instead of T-tops, there was no structural member tying the windshield frame to the halo as on the C3. This required extremely tall side rails on the frame to maintain chassis rigidity, and as a result, the door sills were quite deep, with entry and exit likened by contemporary auto journals to a "fall in and climb out" experience. The targa top bolted into place, becoming a structural component, rather than simply latching on like T-tops. Despite the tall frame rails, the C4 was prone to rattles and squeaks, especially with the targa top removed. The emergency brake, located between the door sill and the drivers seat, was moved lower and toward the rear of the car in 1988 for easier entry and exit.



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Ripa
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I sense a "Corvette" weekly theme. This is most likely my favourite Corvette casting so I am pretty sure what gets my vote this week.

Although the "Final Run" looks awesome, I wish the casting would have been around for longer.
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It does appear to be Corvette week at the Garage. :D This version is a sharp looking one from Hot Wheels of the '88 Corvette. Black and gold go well on this car.
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nice paint job.
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JeepXJLover
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Without the white stripes this would be perfection to me. Though it will still probably get my vote for the week.
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ivantt
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New casting? Quick! Take it apart!
I'd like this one to be in my collection, it's a standout scheme, and the execution of the proportions is good. :thumbup: :thumbup:
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the corvette is the ferrari from US but also in Europe very very interesting and a great car ,many thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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