I wanted to fall in love with this car.
I've long been a proponent of the C4 as a performance car bargain. Based on fond memories of my '96 LT4 6M and transaction prices. Well, I recently and unexpectedly acquired a '90 ZR1. Which I attempted to drive from Scottsdale, AZ to Florida. I did not fall in love with the ZR1. I had considered dousing it with kerosene then tossing a lit match to it. Even if everything was in working order one thing can't be changed. For older guys that have packed on a few pounds the C4 is like a pair of denim jeans you no longer fit into. Hard to get on, hard to get off, completely uncomfortable the entire time you're wearing them. For young and fit folks the C4 remains a high-performance car bargain. Just make sure the wipers work, the horn works, the gauges work. Also, don't be put off by warning messages, squeaking and rattling.
I'll elaborate on the road trip another time. I really wish I weren't a fat ass. In the short we were together I always enjoyed lifting the clam shell hood looking at that exotic LT5. I enjoyed turning the engine management key away from NORMAL to FULL while letting out an exaggerated Jeremy Clarkson style "POWER". For now, my ZR1 is in the capable hands of Lanz Oil, lanzoil.com/. This one will probably be for sale sometime in April at the Streetside Classics location in Tampa, FL.
I need to find out if that cover story turbo Trans Am is still alive!
John is a GenX car enthusiast who grew up driving classic muscle cars. He enjoys the new modern muscle cars that can out perform the classics in every way. In the sportscar world his banners are Viper and Corvette. John has a guilty pleasure. The disco era street machine. Those unloved, underpowered cars festooned with scoops, spoilers and stripes.