1995 Chevrolet Corvette

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1995 Chevrolet Corvette review: Our expert's take


It seems only fitting that a Chevrolet should pace today’s 500-Mile Race.

After all, that’s the name of a pioneer race driver, Louis Chevrolet, who was a prominent presence in the early days of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He also built the first Chevrolet automobile, a nameplate that is now a major part of today’s General Motors Corp.

The 1995 Chevrolet Corvette convertible that will pace the 1995 Indianapolis 500is faster than any of the race cars built by Louis. It’s America’s only production two-place sports car, and for today’s race all Chevy had to do was paint it and add some safety equipment required by the Speedway and the United States Auto Club.

Other than that, the pace car is the same as those you see in Indianapolis Chevrolet dealers’ showrooms. Only 527 of these convertibles have been built, and you can have any color you want as long as it’s dark purple metallic over Arctic white.

Building only 527 of these things probably isn’t a bad idea. After viewing the sticker price on the car GM’s Bill O’Neil provided for a test, it took a few moments to get the heart pumping again.

It didn’t read like the national debt. But there were some breathtaking numbers — like $49,750.

But considering that many good things come in large-dollar packages, this fire-breathing set of wheels does Louis’ image proud.

Specifications are identical for all 527 cars.

The prime mover is Chevy’s 5.7-liter (350-cubic-inch) LT1 V8. The transmission is a four-speed automatic, with 3.07:1 performance gearing.

This LT1 is Chevy’s hot setup, with an innovative cooling system in which coolant first goes to the aluminum cylinder heads instead of the cast-iron block.

Other features include an electronic spark-control system, sequential-port fuel injection, and four-bolt main bearing caps.

Put it together and you have 300 horsepower, a stump-pulling 340 foot-pounds of torque, and the ability to fly low.

To grab hold of the road, the Vette has 17-inch five-spoke ZR-1 wheels and Z-rated (high-speed) P275/40ZR-17 Goodyear GS-C blackwall tires.

That gets a maximum footprint on the road, and highly enhances stability through very fast corners. The flip side is that the steering effort becomes a little heavy when parking, even with power steering.

In motion, however, effort is normal and there’s excellent road feel.

That’s essential when Chevrolet General Manager Jim Perkins drives the Vette at the head of the pack today. He will be running at more than 120 mph. That’s nowhere near the limit for this car, but it’s through the corners, where it’s a good idea to keep going in the right direction.

All the pace-car interiors also are identical, with black-and- purple leather sport bucket seats and headrests with embroidered Indianapolis 500 logos.

The overall styling theme retains the lean-and-mean look that is part of a Vette’s appeal. It also influences entrance and exit to the driver’s seat, which require a certain amount of acrobatics wit h the top up.

This car is a sports car, not a family sedan, so access is easier with the top down, when you can enter in a somewhat erect position.

Once in, the cockpit is quite comfortable. You sit low in the chassis, but six-way power-assisted seats help find a comfortable position.

It takes a few minutes to adapt to looking up at drivers and cars beside you on the road. But if you get tired of the view, just lean on the throttle and like magic they seem to disappear.

The Vette doesn’t offer a limo ride. The suspension is strictly sports car, meaning on the firm side.

It’s not firm to the point of shaking your back molars out. In fact, on decent pavement the ride is pretty good. But if you’re after a boulevard ride, better look at something with four doors.

The firm suspension also imparts a degree of body shake over uneven pavement, one of the penalties of an open car. Even though the body/chassis is braced for added stiffness, removing the roofe ncourages torsional move ment.

Obviously, this pace car gets up and runs. With 300 horses, it comes off the line like a shot with a unique engine sound.

The V8 never seems to quit pulling, and if you can find some place to run flat-out, you’ll be looking at 150-plus.

In normal driving, the pace car was versatile but limited to two people. It had all the comforts with air conditioning, power equipment, stereo and electronic dashboard information.

The Corvette is a specialized automobile with a loyal customer base and a following as a “500” pace car. This is the third time a Vette has paced the race, and we expect it won’t be the last.

1995 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Base price: $43,665.As tested: $49,750.Type: Front engine, rear-wheel drive, four-passenger, convertible coupe.Engine: 5.7-liters, OHV V-8, 16 valves, fuel injected, 300-horsepower, 340 foot-pounds of torque.Transmission: Four-speed automatic.Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds.Top speed: 150 mph.Mileage: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway.Wheelbase: 96.2 inches.Length: 178.5.Width: 70.7 inches.Height: 46.3 inches.Curb weight: 3,360 pounds.Options: Pace car preferred equipment group (incl. air conditioning, Delco/Bose stereo, digital clock, compact disc player, cassette tape, power seats, leather bucket seats, performance axle ratio), pace car package.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews



I love ❤️ it my wife on the other hand says it's too low but I love it, need to take a long trip.only 68k green color great 👍


Great yet old

I've owned one for a while now, and I have to say that the only real issues I have are comfort and reliability. Comfort on normal trips is fine, going into town and such, trips that don't take more than 45 minutes or so are easy, but once you get past that hour mark, the way you sit in the seat starts to get at you. You feel like you want to stretch constantly. As long as you get up and stand every once in a while, you're fine. Reliability has been quite a problem for me, but it's an old car, and I got one at around 100k miles (89k). So everything's starting to break, or maybe I just got unlucky and bought a lemon. I have to mention that yes, I do daily drive this, which is admittedly odd, but hey, I wanted it. I recommend it for having fun, not so much as daily driving, it's just too impractical.


2013 Chevrolet Malibu

You get a very solid car if you do your shopping and make sure it's in good shape you can get a very good one for a solid $10,000 and it's very affordable to have one now at 19 I got a C4 from working at Walmart so these cars aren't crazy expensive if you do your shopping and I love mine as my weekend car sometimes or my daily driver you can even haggle down the price if you find one with minimal flaws I got mine for a good price because of weather stripping and a starter needed replaced and those aren't too expensive or hard to replace if you know what your doing xxxx a few videos on youtube and a service manual from Amazon is all you really need to get the hang of these cars just highly recommend doing your shopping first I test drove 5 different C4s from 1989-1995 and I found the one on the 5th attempt just don't be tempted to buy the first one you see you will fond some in rough shape but if you either find one with small repairs that need done the haggle down a price tag or just find the one that's been in the garage alot of it's life then you can go for it but make sure you get a good deals typically in the Ohio area where I live you can find these cars as low as $6,000 and for great shape about $10,000-$15,000

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