1986 Corvette

In 1986, I received a call from my car dealer.  He knew that I had a 1984 Corvette at the time, but wanted me to check out the new 1986 car.  I really had no plans to get a car that was only 2 years newer, but I went anyway.  It turned out to be a good trip.  As I mentioned in the 1984 Corvette post, that car had a horrible ride.  It was really rough.

The ride on the 1986 Corvette was very noticeably better.  While I wouldn’t call it smooth, it wasn’t the kidney buster that the 1984 car was.  The motor was also changed from the Crossfire Fuel Injection to the Tuned Port Injection.  Horsepower went from from 205 in 1984 to 230 in 1986.  That’s pretty tame by today’s standards, but it was an improvement, and I could feel it when I drove the car.

I was glad to move to the 1986 model – it just seemed to be a much nicer car.  Chevrolet obviously had spent time getting their act together and made a lot of both major and minor improvements.

This really began my love affair with Corvettes.  Before this, I had figured that it was nice to have one, but after getting this one, I decided that I would always try to keep one in my garage.  Except for a couple years after I got divorced and had to have a practical car to drive my kids around, I always have.

Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton, Chicago native, and passionate car collector. Currently retired, but still involved in the car collection community. Reach out, happy to connect!