1986 Corvette Tech Center

1986 Corvette

1986 Corvette Model Year Highlights

  • The major highlight of the 1986 model year was the re-introduction of the convertible.
  • There were only 4 Copper Metallic colored Corvettes built and all were coupes.
  • ABS became standard on all corvettes.
  • Aluminum cylinder heads were delayed half way through the model year due to cracking around the head attachment bosses which caused a redesign.  As a result, all 1986 convertibles and late production coupes received the aluminum cylinder heads.  The last 8,594 are believed to have received these heads.  The aluminum cylinder heads resulted in an increase in horsepower to 235 hp; up 5hp from the previous model year.
  • The new Vehicle Anti Theft System (VATS) debuted as did the Center High Mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL) above the rear hatch glass.
  • 1986 wheel design changed slightly from the 1984-1985 model years. the wheel center section retained a natural finish vs. the black finish in 1984 and 1985.

Back in 1986...
The Statue of Liberty illuminates the New York Harbor for the 100th year as the "Center High Mounted Stop Lamp" or "Cyclops Brake Light" as it's more commonly known, becomes a permanent part of the Corvette.  The Corvette Convertible returns after a 10 year hiatus.
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Gallery: An online gallery of high quality 1986 Corvette pictures.
Identification Numbers: VIN information and other identifying characteristics of the 1986 Corvette.
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Production and Performance Numbers: Production and performance numbers for the 1986 Corvette.
Paint Color Chips: A paint color chip sheet showing the 1986 Corvette colors.
Quiz - Convertible Construction: Test your knowledge on the 1986 Corvette Convertible.
Quiz - Vehicle Anti-Theft System: Test your knowledge of the Corvette's Vehicle Anti-Theft System (VATS).
Specifications: General Specifications for the 1986 Corvette including, drivetrain, powertrain, clutch, transmission specs and more.
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