Chevrolet knows their clientele, and with the 1996 Corvette Collector''s Edition, put together a special package that would entice hard-core ''Vette fans with a unique tribute to the outgoing C4 model. The $1250 option brought unique Sebring Silver paint, 5-spoke wheels, and, of course, special badges and embroidery that left no secret about what it was. 5412 Corvette fans ultimately stepped up to the plate and took one home. This particular Collector''s Edition shows just 28,104 original miles, and is one of those rare C4 Corvettes that hasn''t been modified or abused. The lovely Sebring Silver paint job on the Collector''s Edition stands out with its subtlety, especially next to the flamboyant Grand Sport. It gives the slinky ''Vette a sophisticated look, and by 1996, build quality was among the best in the GM stables. Always a cherished collector''s item, it has been immaculately maintained from new, and since it was purchased it has lived in sunny North Carolina, so you know there''s no rust or snowy weather in this car''s past.. Paint is about what you got in 1996, and shows well and it''s especially important for preservation classes, for which Corvette clubs are famous. You could get black, red, or light gray upholstery with your Collector''s Edition, and there''s nothing more classic than black leather in a silver sports car. Seating surfaces remain in excellent shape, with the driver''s seat perhaps showing some very minor stretching, but the dramatic stitching and special embroidery remains its strongest visual statement. All Corvettes came loaded with standard equipment, but this one also features the Preferred Equipment Group, which includes electronic A/C, power driver''s seat, and a Delco/Bose music system, which, on this car, was also augmented by an additional $396 upgrade. It all works perfectly, as you''d expect from a car whose reliability is legendary. A black convertible is a great complement to the silver bodywork, and it''s matched by an optional removable hardtop, which cost almost $2000 all by itself. The Collector''s Edition received the same LT1 powerplant as the rest of the C4 lineup, and with 300 horsepower on tap, performance is explosive. Paired with a smooth 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission (which was standard equipment on the Corvette in 1996), it remains a superlative highway cruiser and slices through rush-hour traffic like a scalpel. It''s also notoriously easy to modify, so finding one that hasn''t been hopped up (and by association, raced or abused) can be a challenge. This one is stock right down to the original spark plugs, and GM engineers went the extra mile to make the LT1 look pretty under that big clamshell hood. The chassis is equally clean, with original components throughout, including the optional rear gear, which improves acceleration and performance. Handsome A-mold wheels were part of the package, and wear their original Goodyear GS-C radials. Complete with the original window sticker and other documentation, this is the Collector''s Edition for the serious collector. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.