21,500 Original Miles


Manual Transmission
5.7L LT4 V8
330 hp @ 5800 rpm*
340 lb/ft torque @ 4500 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 4.8 seconds
Top Speed: 170 MPH
*Base Price in 1996: $43,000


*Seller Asking:


1996 chevrolet corvette lt4 for sale featured
Fast Facts:

  • The standard LT1 was rated for 300hp @ only 5000 RPM, and could only be paired with an automatic trans in 1996. The hot LT4 option (standard in the Grand Sport) could only be had with the 6spd manual
  • GM Powertrain engineer Dean Guard explains that it was the demise of the ZR-1’s high revving quad cam LT5 V8 (which was decided back in 1993) that led to the development of the high revving LT4. Chevy wanted to go against common perception and prove their pushrod engine could rev past 6k RPM without needing to switch to an OHC design like they did w/ the ZR-1. Chevy also wanted to maintain two engine options for Corvette while giving the C4 a proper finale in its final year
  • The LT4 was an LT1 with high RPM modifications. Most notably a new cylinder head with bigger ports for higher RPM breathing, stiffer valve springs, and larger int/exh valves (which were made hollow to offset the larger diameters. The exh valve is now sodium filled). Rockers are now aluminum low friction rollers, vs std steel
  • Featured a new camshaft with increased lift, duration, and overlap. The increased overlap means more exhaust gas is mixed with incoming air, which eliminates the need for an external EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system
  • Compression is increased via new aluminum pistons featuring smaller valve pockets. Even the top rings are upgraded to a “positive twist” type to maintain a proper seal during high RPM operation
  • To increase high RPM durability, the crankshaft now features undercut and rolled fillets, eliminating stress risers (reducing the chance of cracks forming on the outer edges of the crank pins). The timing chain is now a roller design, and features steel sprockets instead of powdered metal. A new set of fuel injectors are required as well
  • The upgrades pay off: by the time the LT1 reaches its redline (5700), the LT4 is only beginning to make peak power. Essentially, the LT4 and LT1 feel identical below 5,000 RPM. But after 5k, where the LT1 is gasping for air, the LT4 comes to life – all the way to 6300 RPM
  • The LS1 receives praise for being the first pushrod V8 in decades to make 1hp per cubic inch. However, that crown belongs to the underrated 5.7L pushrod LT4. Auto Performance Test Lab in Georgia tested over 125 LT4 engines and found that less than “25% of the units come in under 345hp, 15% come in between 360hp and 375hp, and 10% range between 375hp and 385hp.”
  • People thought GM underrated the LT4 on purpose to keep the LT5 ZR-1 owners happy with their investment. In reality, it was done to avoid rating it too close to the all new 345hp LS1 in the C5 Corvette
Key Model Year Changes:

  • This was the only year of the LT4 engine option
  • This is the final year of the C4 generation Corvette

Seller Notes:

  • 98 pt Chapter Top Flight, multiple award winner
  • True LT4 convertible
  • Torch Red/Light beige leather. Original paint looks like new
  • Everything works – perfect Top Flight Operations score (750)
  • Perfect body, no accidents, always garaged
  • New water pump, rear spring, master cylinder, tires
  • F45 real time dampening suspension
  • Incl 2 sets keys/pads, orig window sticker, spare tire & jack, manual
  • Non-smoker, clear title. Maintenance records available


  • Location: Kuna, Idaho – (more photos below)
  • UPDATE: ad is no longer available (sold or expired)

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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output
*Performance numbers pulled from reputable automotive road tests
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability

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