Photos & text courtesy of Mecum Auctions
In the years that spanned the first four decades of Corvette production, many esteemed American manufacturers departed from the automotive landscape. Other brands were founded and ran the course of their entire lifespans in that same period. So when Corvette reached the 40-year milestone through both feast and famine, Chevrolet saw cause to celebrate with a special-order 40th Anniversary Package.
Priced at $1,455, the 40th Anniversary package was available in both standard and ZR1 models and included an eye-catching Ruby Red Metallic exterior finish, Ruby Red leather Sport seats, power driver seat, special wheel center trim and 40th anniversary emblems inside and out. On convertible models so equipped, even the folding soft top was constructed of a matching Ruby Red material.
To Corvette enthusiasts enjoying the car’s new-found performance, the 40th Anniversary Package was beautiful icing on a very tasty cake. Standard horsepower had shot from 245 to 300 HP the previous year, followed by an increase in torque from 330 to 340 lb-ft. The Corvette’s ride was refined by reducing front wheel and tire width, and for the first time in GM history, was offered with a passive keyless entry system.
This beautiful 40th Anniversary convertible is a remarkable example of this very special and highly sought after Corvette. Of special significance is its extremely rare removable hardtop, a $1,995 option when new. It is well equipped with the electronic air conditioning, Delco Bose electronically tuned AM/FM stereo with cassette and 6-way power driver’s seat that comprise Preferred Equipment Group #1, and augmented with an optional CD player. Never dealer prepped or licensed, this rare Corvette is as-new from the factory with seats still wrapped in plastic and only 16 miles on the odometer.