I’m very disappointed in Mazda’s somber Miata colors, that’s what got me looking at the anniversary edition. It’s like they had the Germans choose their colors. If they won’t offer something like a Dodge Charger color palette, they should at least have a custom color option.
@Germanicus (and anyone else who cares), you've overlooked the C4s extensive road racing pedigree, but then again nobody cares to remember it. Forget that the 1984 model turned 0.9g in corners and had other performance specs that blew away its competition, and instead remember that SCCA kicked them out of their class because nobody (mostly Porsche) could beat them in THREE YEARS of competition.
Let that sink in: for three years, Porsche couldn't beat the C4 Corvette, cried to "mommy" and got them banished to their own corner of the room.
Google Corvette Challenge, and see how SCCA kept Porsche and Chevrolet happy by separating the two. You're never gonna get a story that juicy in a C5.
Here is the secret to the Miata. Mazda built a reliable car with appeal and limited the sales as to not overload the market. They used a perfect formula to a low priced sports car.
The Corvette is this. One it has heritage unlike most sports cars. It also has been built in numbers much greater than most sports cars can afford to build.
Now we are into the modern times with the Vette being a really great car in C5 and 6. Many were sold and most were preserved in great condition. This makes them a sports car of choice for many as it is world class but affordable. Most are low miles and many never have seen rain.
You just can’t buy a better sports car used for even 3 times the price.
Add to this the durability and cost to maintain is cheap. No it will not be a car you will get rich on later like a Shelby but you can get a car you can drive and just flat out enjoy.
While many say the Corvette is the car old men buy and wipe with a diaper, some of that is true. But the aftermarket is seeded with these cars bringing them to a much younger market to enjoy.