Before you glance at this 1996 Corvette and then move on, take a closer look. This is no garden-variety C4, this is a subtly customized ''Vette with an awesome black paint job and ghost flames, a handsome black leather interior, and 300 horsepower worth of V8 fun. 1996 was the final year of the C4 and while the look was familiar, this one delivers a few extras that few others can claim. First of all, there''s the paint job, which at first glance is merely a very high-quality black urethane that makes the cars around it seem dusty. But if you look closely, you''ll see a set of purple ghost flames, expertly applied by the artists at Koko''s Collision. The flames extend across the ''Vette''s nose and up on to the roof panel, giving it a slick custom look that''s impressive when you see it in person. The C4s were very well-built cars, so the doors and hood fit extremely well and there are many who agree that the smoother front end and rounded rear cap make for the best-looking of all C4 Corvettes. A smoked tint on the windows adds to the sinister overall look, but the real beauty of this car is in the details. The Corvette interior is still one of the best places to be when your hobby is driving. The black leather buckets are in good condition, like your favorite leather jacket, showing just enough signs of use to make them comfortable. This ''Vette is also loaded with almost everything you could get in 1996, including A/C, power windows, seats, and locks, a tilt column, cruise control, and a fairly comprehensive trip computer in the center stack. An AM/FM/CD stereo sounds awesome and offers a slick plug-in for your iPod, so the entertainment is thoroughly up-to-date. The combination digital/analog instrument panel shows clear markings and bright displays and there''s a cool decal on the center console with the LT1''s specs on it, just like the Corvettes of yore. You should also take a moment to check out the custom pedals, which are definitely not your average shiny aluminum setup, and for the right guy, this car carries a special surprise: the rear package shade has been signed by members of the band "The Misfits." Why, we can''t say, but if you''re a fan, that''s a cool bonus that will give you a great story to tell at cruise nights. Chevy''s LT1 350 cubic inch V8 really needs no introduction. The final iteration of the original small block, it makes a nice, round 300 horsepower that was pretty darned impressive in 1996. With a few well-chosen mods, it breathes a little easier and may make a few extra ponies, but for overall performance and reliability, it''s hard to beat. The engine bay is tidy and well-maintained, and everything works like it should, from the A/C to the ASR, which automatically relaxed the throttle cable to prevent wheel spin. Backed by a 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, the C4 remains a fantastic scalpel to slice through traffic. Ride and handling are still impressive today, with a decent combination of comfort and performance, and ''Vette brakes have always been excellent. Shiny 17-inch alloys are directional, meaning they only fit on a specific side of the car, and they carry staggered 245/45/17 front and 285/40/17 rear Dunlop performance radials. So this is a little more than your average C4. Nicely maintained and with a very slick look, it''s an affordable performance car that doesn''t disappoint. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Dallas/Fort Worth showroom. For more information, please call (817) 764-8000 or toll free (855) 877-2707.