LeMAY CAR of the WEEK: 1982 Corvette Collector Edition

Chevrolet’s Corvette line has a long tradition of innovation and experimentation that make it an icon of the automotive world. But with great innovations, there are great blunders along the way.

Some car lovers use the 1982 Corvette as an example of that fact. The car holds the title of seventh worst Corvette in Chevrolet’s history.

The 1982 Corvette was the end of the line of sorts as the C3 Corvette design had lost most of its fan base. It had been used for 15 years, after all. The C3 was showing its age and its replacement wasn’t ready for full production, so Chevy stretched out the C3 line for one last year by changing a few features.

Chevy added "Cross-Fire" fuel injection to the 5.7-liter, V-8 engine to bring total output up to 200 horsepower, which wasn’t a lot of power considering the competition. The car maker also made the odd decision of ending the option of manual transmission, much to the shock of car watchers.

Even though the Collector’s Edition of the 1982 holds the distinction of being the first to top the $20,000 pricetag, it was viewed as looking cheap and tacky. Edmunds called it “decorated like the boudoir of a Tatooine madam.” It crossed designs from 'Star Wars’ desert planet and a Wild West cathouse, which was not what Corvette shoppers were looking to buy.

The 1982 Corvette sells for between $12,000 and $20,000 in collector circles.

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LeMAY CAR of the WEEK: 1982 Corvette Collector Edition

Chevrolet’s Corvette line has a long tradition of innovation and experimentation that make it an icon of the automotive world. But with great innovations, there are great blunders along the way.

Some car lovers use the 1982 Corvette as an example of that fact. The car holds the title of seventh worst Corvette in Chevrolet’s history.

The 1982 Corvette was the end of the line of sorts as the C3 Corvette design had lost most of its fan base. It had been used for 15 years, after all. The C3 was showing its age and its replacement wasn’t ready for full production, so Chevy stretched out the C3 line for one last year by changing a few features.

Chevy added "Cross-Fire" fuel injection to the 5.7-liter, V-8 engine to bring total output up to 200 horsepower, which wasn’t a lot of power considering the competition. The car maker also made the odd decision of ending the option of manual transmission, much to the shock of car watchers.

Even though the Collector’s Edition of the 1982 holds the distinction of being the first to top the $20,000 pricetag, it was viewed as looking cheap and tacky. Edmunds called it “decorated like the boudoir of a Tatooine madam.” It crossed designs from 'Star Wars’ desert planet and a Wild West cathouse, which was not what Corvette shoppers were looking to buy.

The 1982 Corvette sells for between $12,000 and $20,000 in collector circles.

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