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1986 Corvettes

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This is the Section for 1986 C4 Chevrolet Corvettes. GM continues the C4 Corvettes through 1996, there are 10 pages of 1986 Corvettes, be sure to take a look at all of the pages to see many different colors, wheel combinations, body kits, interiors, engines, tires, exhaust systems and tips on such models as the convertibles, coupes, ZR1, Callaway, Collectors Edition, Grand Sport, and more.










Electronic air conditioning was announced as a late 1985 option, but introduction was delayed into the 1986 model year.

A Corvette convertible model was introduced in interim 1986, the first Chevrolet-built Corvette convertible since the 1975 model. The 1986 Corvette was the pace car for the 1986 Indianapolis 500. All 1986 Corvette convertibles sold were designated as pace car replicas and all included decal packages for dealer or customer installation

An anti-lock brake system (ABS) became standard with 1986 Corvettes. An adaptation of Bosch's system, Corvettes' ABS had rotational sensors at each wheel to feed data to a computerized electronic control unit (ECU). Brake line pressure was automatically distributed for optimum braking without wheel lock and loss of steering control.

Cracking around the head attachment bosses required an introduction delay for design revisions to 1986's aluminum cylinder heads. The heads were ready in time for convertible production and all 1986 convertibles and late production coupes had aluminum heads. Engines fitted with aluminum heads were rated at 235hp, an increase of Shp.

Center high mount stoplights were added to 1986 Corvettes to conform to federal requirements. The coupe's was mounted above the rear window; the convertible's was in a less-conspicuous rear facia location.

A new vehicle anti-theft system ATS) required a special ignition key with an embedded pellet. Lock cylinder contacts measured the pellet's electrical resistance (there were fifteen variations) before allowing start.

Caster was changed in 1986 from four degrees to six degrees to improve on-center road feel and to decrease wander.

Fifty "Malcolm Konner Commemorative Edition" 1986 Corvettes were built in a special arrangement honoring the New Jersey Chevrolet dealership's founder, Malcolm Konner.

Each Corvette had special two-tone paint schemes, Silver Beige over Black, coded "spec". Window stickers reflected 4OO1ZA as the RPO, and a $500 cost for Malcolm Kooner Special Edition. All were coupes, twenty with manual transmissions, thirty with automatics.

All had graphite leather interiors. One was retrofitted with a Callaway twin-turbo engine.

The angle of the 1986 digital instrument display was changed to improve daytime viewing by reducing glare.

A new up-shift indicator light for manual and automatic transmission 1986 models was intended to improve fuel economy.

"Low coolant" and "anti-lock" instrument displays were added.

Wheel design was revised slightly for 1986, with the wheel center section natural finish instead of black as in 1984 and 1985.

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