6. Chevrolet Corvette 1983
The Chevrolet Corvette emerged in 1953. It is one of the longest-running nameplates in the car industry. For almost 70 years, Corvettes have been available to all sports car fans, not only in America but globally. However, did you know there was one year when the Corvette wasn’t available? Back in the early ’80s, Chevrolet was getting ready to replace the aging C3 Corvette with a brand new, great-looking, and technically-advanced Corvette C4.
After years of planning, preparing for production and perfecting different production methods, Chevrolet produced around 43 pre-production 1983 Corvettes. They found out the cars were below the current standards, so the factory needed more time to fully prepare for production. This meant there had to be 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 and destroy 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, but Chevrolet canceled it.