The Worst Chevy Corvette Model Years You Should Never Buy

The Chevy Corvette has continued being a well-liked and stylish muscle car in the modern day, and people are buying new and used Corvettes daily. However, while the Corvette has a long history in the American auto market, not all Corvette model years were the same. Here’s a look at the worst Chevrolet Corvette model years that you should never buy. 

Stick to the best Chevrolet Corvette model years

A display of vintage Chevy Corvette models at the 2021 Thailand International Motor Expo in Bangkok
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Obviously, Chevy Corvette fans will probably want to get their hands on a classic. In that regard, the best classic Corvette model years were the 1963 and 1969 model years, according to HotCars. The 1963 Corvette had the Grand Sport trim, which was designed for the racetrack.

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport had a powerful 550-hp V8 engine, but, unfortunately, this was a very rare ‘Vette, as only five were ever produced. Even rarer than that, though, was the 1969 Corvette ZL1. It was equipped with a 430-hp V8 engine that allowed it to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. However, only two ZL1s from the 1969 model year were ever sold.

Folks may have a hard time getting their hands on a classic Chevy Corvette, but a 2020 Corvette is also a good option. It has a new mid-engine layout, and when that’s combined with its 490-hp V8 engine, it makes this newer Corvette a sports car that’s on the same level as Porsches and Ferraris, according to HotCars.

Absolutely avoid these worst Chevy Corvette model years

While older cars tend to be classics, this wasn’t the case for the 1953 Chevy Corvette, which was one of the worst model years for the vehicle. As HotCars wrote, this Corvette was designed with the troops in mind.

Chevy wanted to build a car that would appeal to American veterans who may have seen a European sports car or two while serving in World War II. However, the problem was that the 1953 ‘Vette only had a 150-hp engine, so it was hardly a sports car. Its ride quality was also poor, and Chevy made it too expensive for most folks to consider. 

Two other Chevrolet Corvettes that fans should avoid were from the 1980s. The Corvette’s fourth generation, which started with the 1984 model year, was lackluster, and the 1987 Corvette Callaway Twin Turbo was especially bad. The 1984 Corvette’s new design was not well-liked by fans, and it also had some reliability and comfort issues. The Callaway Twin Turbo trim was “notoriously fragile,” according to HotCars, and it wasn’t a cheap trim at the time, either.

You may want to consider the 2022 Corvette Stingray instead

Another possible option is to buy a brand-new Corvette. The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is part of the eighth generation of the Corvette (C8), which is still a well-regarded generation. As such, it offers a few upgrades from the slightly older 2020 model year. However, when it comes to power, the 2022 Corvette Stingray will still come with the same 6.2-liter V8 that the 2020 model year came with. So, its engine still gets 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque.

This engine option allows the ‘Vette to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. The 2022 Chevy Corvette Stingray won’t be a cheap sports car, though, as it’ll cost about $62,000 for the coupe version. A convertible version starts at almost $70,000 instead. That being said, the standard Corvette does have quite a few good standard features. For example, it has rear parking sensors, an 8-inch touch screen, and a 12-inch digital display.

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