The C4 Corvette can be polarizing. Some folks hate these, others love them. Put me in the latter camp, perhaps because I was an impressionable, car-crazy four-year-old when they debuted.
Well, that and the fact that I had a toy model of Face’s white one, as seen on the A-Team. In fact, even now it might be in a box somewhere in my garage or my parents’. But my favorite one would wear the rare Bright Aqua Metallic paint you see here. Do love! I only wish matching aqua leather had been available, but since it wasn’t, I’ll take this convertible with white leather instead.
I love that colour. But I’ll take it on this C4.
Had two of these, a ’92 convertible automatic Black Rose ( translation: dark purple), and a ’92 Quasar Blue Metallic 6 speed coupe. It seemed like every auto manufacturer in the late ’80’s/early 90’s had a version of that green teal type of color. I had a’92 T Bird in that color, maybe a shade darker. The C4 is the last generation Vette I enjoyed driving. I also owned a C5 frc, nice, but too sterile feeling. The C4’s still had that big co cart handling and raw feel.
Two of these? It’s a one-off Bertone Ramarro based on C4 mechanicals.
The most appropriate C4 colors are copper, any two-tone, and then this teal.
+1<Copper. I almost bought a copper C4,twice. First time I saw one I didn't relize how rare that color was. I thought the seller had it repainted since I had never seen one or recalled seeing the color in the dealer order album. Second time around I saw one sitting on a used car lot but it wasn't optioned properly. Who the heck orders a Corvette with no options? Cloth seats,no drivers power seat and auto. Blah! http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/forums/c4-general-discussion/56452-tell-me-about-copper-metallic-paint-color-1994-a.html
Come to think of it I too would jump at the chance to own anything but a red Corvette. All I have ever owned was white,black and silver cars. There was a yellow 240Z in my life but that was the exception to my dull choice of colors. My favorite C4 would probably be a 96 GrandSport roadster.
I like the copper too, there was a 2 tone 1984 copper/champagne over brown with a 4 speed for sale at a local car show a month or so ago, it was pretty clean, with leather too.
I like it! Richard Bennett has the Brougham Society, Tom and I ought to co-found the Turquoise Car Appreciation Society. And I agree that double points should be awarded for turquoise interiors.
I’m in! Turquoise on turquoise!
After I commented, I couldn’t get a mid sixties mopar out of my head. Now I remember why – there is a 67 2 door Newport in Adelaide in this colour. It looked fantastic.
LOL sign me up! I have a turquoise on turquoise 64 Galaxie (or as Ford called it, aqua on pagoda green).
I’ll tell you what, if you’ll create it, I’ll join it!
I drove a couple of these later c4s, they almost drive like an Eldorados compared to my 84 Z-51.
A very period-correct color indeed.
First glance at this article reminded me of the ’89 Formula I once had, which was Maui Blue. But comparing the two, Bright Aqua Metallic is clearly the bolder of the two colors.
I’d take the Beige Buick. Speaking of Beige Buicks, check out this Bunch of Beige Buicks I found this winter (I never found a good post to put it on):
“This meeting of the Conformist Octogenarian Society will now come to order! The following members will come forward to accept their AAA Plus stickers . . . . .”
As a Roadmaster guy, that color is called Light Driftwood Metallic. Isn’t that the most UN-appealing color ever?
I owned a 83 Holden Commodore that colour, called oyster by someone who plainly had never seen one.
My uncle had a Roadmaster Estate that color, but with the faux woodgrain sides. It works better with the woodgrain.
Come to think of it, a plain-sided Roadmaster like the one you pictured is rare, no?
I used to see one of these in the same color often at Costco. I was curious to why I always saw it there parked in the same handicap spot. Then one day I saw one of the little old ladies who hands out samples getting in to it. Not who I expected the owner to be.
Styling wise, C5, C6 and now C7 ain’t nothing but baby step evolution of C4. To my eyes, C4 remains the cleanest, most balanced amongst C4 to C7, and the best looking. That being said, I can’t stand the rattle and harsh ride of C4. I also dislike C4’s interior design.
Off topic, I was at the Cars & Coffee in Irvine on Dec 14, last year, that was my first look at C7. I notice I was the only one paying attention to it and there were hundreds of car crazy people in attendance. To satisfy my curiosity. I spent 10-15 minutes observing, lots of people walked by but not a single soul paid any attention to the poor C7, it just parked there. That was last year, when C7 was on covers of every car magazine.
Maybe it was the crowd? I was at the Toronto car show last month and there was a line up to sit in both the C7 coupe and convertible they had there. They also had the new C7 Z06, which had lots of people looking at it constantly. The Vette’s were definitely some of the most popular cars to see there judging by the crowds. After seeing the C7 In person, it looks much nicer than in pics. I really like the styling and it makes the C6 look dated when they are parked side by side.
From some of the pics I’ve seen of Cars & Coffee, the C7 was probably one of the mildest cars there.
Before my eyes fully focused, I thought I was looking at a Gen 2 Ford Probe. I remember seeing them in the same teal. They don’t look that much alike considering how different the real-life proportions are, but I wonder if the Probe designers had been influenced by the Vette.
When the C4 Corvette came out, I thought it was a perfect stroke, exterior design-wise. It was very conservative, but that seemed right at the time. Unfortunately, its aesthetic restraint left a bit of a vacuum for subsequent Vettes. None of them seem to have been designed with confidence.
I approve. I usually think of that as a 60’s color. Maybe because I have a ’64 Corvair in basically the same color. With matching interior.
I’m pretty negative on this car. I never liked the C4 styling, and I don’t think turquoise looks good on this one. I think that colour would look better on a C1 or C2.
I still have a soft spot for the C4, even though I don’t really fit in them (lack or leg and head room). And they aren’t the best quality, and they aren’t always fun to fix. But I always though the C4 was a very clean styled car, much nicer than the early 80’s C3s. I prefer the 1991+ with the more modern looking nose and tail.
That said, I don’t like the colour on this one. All Corvettes are red! Well maybe not, but I do like a C4 in red, black, blue, and maybe even silver, dark green or 40th anniversary Ruby red, but not this “90’s” turquoise blue. Yuck. I also didn’t like the red interiors on many of these C4s.
Oddly enough the Bright Aqua Metallic color was only offered on the 92-96 Vetts and less then 6000 total were painted that color in those years and yet everytime I see a C4 Vette on the road it is that color(and yes it is not the same car)
I bought a bright aqua ’95 Corvette at an auction because of that color. What a coincidence that someone less than 15 miles from where I lived had one the exact same color. The car pictured on my owner’s manual was also bright aqua.
It’s a lovely color although the awful black interior was a major turn-off. The car would still be in my driveway if it had white interior. The view of the two power bulges from behind the wheel was very attractive.
I like the color but not a fan of these vettes at all. Too bland looking. The last time a Corvette truly looked like an exotic head turning car was with the Mako bodystyle. Sure, by the late 70s they were overweight pigs, but at least they LOOKED cool. For less money, a Trans Am was better looking and offered similar if not better performance.
Teal/turquoise is a polarizing color. I tend to like it best on whole hog customs. Painted on a bone stock car it just seems girly.
Preachin’ to the choir…
My first, and only but hopefully not last, Corvette was Bright Aqua Metallic. With a black interior, an LT1, and a six-speed. It was a brilliant car on track, although it was a bit big for autox.
One of the cars in my dream garage is a turqoise C4 ZR1 with white or tan leather.
Did they actually build any like that? My impression is the aqua/turquoise came out after the ZR1, but I suppose the final year might have overlapped. Only one ZR1 came to Australia when they were new as a test vehicle that didn’t meet the local design regs, I doubt they even converted it to RHD. It had to be exported or crushed after a certain period – guess which one was cheaper…
I agree that this color is very appropriate as a real characteristic of the period, I remember seeing a picture of one of the crazy Callaway Corvette creations in this color.
One of the guys I worked with at Dulles bought a used ’97 C4 (?) and prepped it for track day duties at Summit Point, WV. It was entirely streetable and generally was the fastest car on the track on BMW Owner’s Club weekends (where he was an instructor). I rode with him on the track during one weekend and I must say that the SBC sounded wonderful and made the BMW and Porsche owners envious of its performance. Esthetics aside, this still has to be one of the best track day cars available. At one session I commented on how pristine his front discs looked. He said that he had just replaced the rotors that he bought from his local Chevy dealer. Turns out the Corvette, at least a C4, used the same discs as a Chevy pickup truck. $30 a pop. Try that at your local Porsche dealer.