The Chevrolet Corvette turned 35 in 1988, and 2,050 identical white cars with unique trim and white leather interiors were built to mark the occasion. I purchased #1975, an automatic with 10,000 original miles, in 2020. This 35th anniversary car will itself be 35 years old when America's Sports car turns 70 in 2023!
The 35th Anniversary Corvette made quite an image statement. Corvette had put out a 25th anniversary edition, but 1983 was the only year to date that there were no Corvettes produced -- thus there is no 30th anniversary car.
The 35th was offered only as a coupe, and only in white. And not just white paint -- true to the era of Miami Vice and Duran Duran, this big 80s car has white wheels, white beltline trim, white leather seats, white door panels -- even a white leather steering wheel. The A and b pillars are black, accentuating the car's lower body lines. The removable glass top is blue and adds a unique feeling to the interior. There were virtually no options for this special edition -- other than manual (4+3 Doug Nash) or automatic transmissions.
The engine was the stock Corvette 5.7 liter powerplant, putting out 240 horsepower. That is not much for a sports car today but it was all one could hope for in 1988.
Being a 35th Anniversary car and one of only 2,050 made, it is not surprising that this car was treated as a collectible. When I acquired this car out of Ohio it had only slightly passed the 10,000 mile mark despite being 32 years old! It is a true time capsule car, lovingly preserved over all that time.
I immediately replaced the dry rotted tires, then drove the car 350 miles home. I have since replaced the alternator, belts, and fuel pump and the car loves to fire up and cruise. It has the solid stance and confident power of a far newer car, and its shiny bright presence earns lots of comments.