1986-'91 Highlights
1986 Convertible available mid-year (the first since '75), all are Indy 500 pace car replicas; anti-lock brakes become standard equipment; aluminum heads on all convertibles and late-year coupes; most-ordered body color: Code 81 Bright Red, 9,466 units; least-ordered body color: Code 66 Copper Metallic, four units.
1987 New hydraulic roller lifter camshaft (adds 5 hp); new RPO Z52 Sport Handling Package ($470), 12,662 sold; RPO B2K Callaway-installed Twin Turbo System, 184 (121 coupe, 63 convertible) ordered at $19,995 extra cost (top speed: 177-plus), not certified for sale in California; most-ordered body color: Code 81 Bright Red, 8,285 units; least-ordered body color: Code 66 Copper Metallic, 87 units.
1988 Corvette's 35th year features an Anniversary package (RPO ZO1 $4,795) for coupes only, 2,050 are ordered; Chevrolet builds 56 Corvettes in-house for the 1988 SCCA Corvette Challenge race series; all new '88s have new dual-piston front brakes and an all-new emergency brake system; 124 Callaway twin-turbo Corvettes sold (RPO B2K, $25,895); most-ordered body color: Code 81 Bright Red, 5,340 units; least-ordered body color: Code 13 Silver Metallic, 385 units.
1989 New six-speed manual transmission at no extra cost; 60 Corvettes built at Bowling Green for Corvette Challenge Race Series (series concludes at end of 1989); 84 375hp ZR-1 Corvettes built for testing, evaluation, and media review, slated release to public held up until 1990 for further engine development; 69 Callaway twin-turbo Corvettes sold (RPO B2K, $25,895); most-ordered '89 body color: Code 81 Bright Red, 7,663 units; least-ordered body color: Code 90 Gray Metallic, 225 units; not listed as available but listed as built were six Code 35 Yellow Corvettes and 27 Code 31 Arctic Pearl Corvettes.
1990 RPO ZR-1 Special Performance Package is introduced with the LT5 375hp V-8 (with four-valve heads and four overhead camshafts), 3,049 sold at $27,016 extra; new World Challenge Race Series commences, COPO/Merchandising code RG9 is the only way to order a Corvette for this series (23 were so-ordered); 58 Callaway twin-turbo Corvettes sold (RPO B2K, $26,895); most-ordered '90 body color: Code 81 Bright Red, 6,956 units; least-ordered body color: Code 53 Competition Yellow, 278 units.
1991 RPO ZR-1 ($31,683) sales total 2,044 units. All standard '91 Corvettes have rear fascia identical to the ZR-1; final year for RPO B2K ($33,000) Callaway twin-turbo option, 62 sold; final year for L98 TPI 350; other technical updates for '91 include a new instrument cluster; most-ordered body color: Code 81 Bright Red, 5,318 units; least-ordered body color: Code 96 Charcoal Metallic, 417 units.
Year MSRP Sales
'86 coupe $27,027 27,794
'86 conv. $32,032 7,315
'87 coupe $27,999 20,007
'87 conv. $33,172 10,625
'88 coupe $29,489 15,382
'88 conv. $34,820 7,407
'89 coupe $31,545 16,663
'89 conv. $36,785 9,749
'90 coupe $31,979 16,016
'90 conv. $37,264 7,630
'91 coupe $32,455 14,967
'91 conv. $38,770 5,672