After years of planning the Corvette C4 generation, preparing for production and perfecting different production methods, Chevrolet built around 60 preproduction 1983 Corvettes. However, they found out that the cars were below the standards, so their factory needed more time to prepare for production.
This meant that there was a one-year gap in Corvette history, so C4 production started in 1984. It was a tough decision, but Chevrolet chose to kill the 1983 Corvette, so they destroyed all but one example. The sole remaining 1983 Corvette is now in the National Corvette Museum as an interesting reminder there once was an ‘83 Vette until Chevrolet canceled it.