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The 1994 Chevrolet Corvette

1994 Red Convertible Corvette

September 2, 1994 marked the opening of the national Corvette Museum. Two new colors were introduced this year, Copper Metallic and Admiral Blue. The Copper Metallic was limited due to quality concerns and only 116 were produced. This was the last year for Black Rose Metallic. The engine remained at 300 horsepower although the addition of a sequential fuel injection system improved idle, driveability and emmisions by firing the injectors in sequence with the firing order. The standard 4-speed automatic transmission was updated to include electronic controls to improve shift quality and consistency. A lock-out on the new automatic prevented moving the selected to drive until the brake pedal was depressed. All seating in 1994 is leather, cloth is no longer an option. The rear window in the convertible was changed from plastic to glass this year and includes an in-glass defroster element. The air conditioning system this year uses R-134A refrigerant, which is much more environmentally friendly. The instruments had new white instrument graphics which turned to a tangerine color at night.

Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1994 Corvettes Built - 23,330
Total 1994 Coupes (includes ZR-1) - 17,984
Total 1994 Convertibles - 5,346
Total 1994 ZR1 - 448

Coupe Serial Numbers: 1G1YY22PxR5100001 to 1G1YY22PxR5122882
Convertible Serial Numbers: 1G1YY32PxR5100001 to 1G1YY32PxR5122882
ZR-1 Serial Numbers: 1G1YZ22JxR5800001 to 1G1YZ22JxR5800448  

The "Vehicle Identification Number" (also VIN or serial number) is stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.

Position Character Description
1 1 US built
2 G General Motors Product
3 1 Chevrolet Motor Division Vehicle
4&5 YY Basic Corvette
YZ Corvette ZR-1
6 2 or 3 Body style number
2 = Two door hatchback style 07, 08, 77, or 87
3 = Two door convertible style 67
7 1 or 2 1=Manual seat belts
2=Active manual belts with driver and passenger inflatable restraint system
3=Active manual belts with driver-inflatable restraint system
4=Passive automatic belts
5=Passive automatic belts with driver inflatable restraint system
8 P LT1 5.7-liter Multiport-Fuel-Injection (MFI) Chevrolet or GM of Canada V8
J LT5 - 5.7-liter MFI V-8
9 ? A check digit that calculates the characters in the serial number and gives it a single digit code and can be used to verify that the serial number is legitimate
10 R The model year where 1994
11 5 Bowling Green, KY
12-17 100001 and up production sequence for coupes and convertibles
800001 and up production sequence for ZR-1s

Engine Serial Number

1991 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number. The date code the engine was manufactured was also cast into the block. The engine serial number includes a production sequence number starting with 0001001 and one of the suffixes below.

Code Engine Horsepower Compression Transmission Fuel Supply Extra Features
ZWA LT1 350-cid 300-hp V-8 10.5:1 Automatic Multi-Port Injection  
ZWB LT1 350-cid 300-hp V-8 10.5:1 Manual Multi-Port Injection  
ZWC LT5 350-cid 405-hp V-8 11.0:1 Manual Multi-Port Injection  


Production Options

RPO Description Price Production
1YY07 Base Coupe $36,185 17,984
1YY67 Base Convertible $42,960 5,346
AC1 Power Passenger Seat $305 17,863
AC3 Power Driver Seat $305 21,592
AQ9 Leather Sport Seats $625 9,023
CC2 Auxiliary Hardtop (convert.) $1,995 682
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels $950 3,875
24S Removable Roof Panel, blue tint $650 7,064
64S Removable Roof Panel, bronze tint $650 3,979
FX3 Selective Ride and Handling Pkg. $1,695 4,570
G92 Performance Axle Ratio $50 9,019
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission $0.00 6,012
NG1 New York Emission Requirements $100 1,363
UJ6 Low Tire Pressure Warning System $325 5,097
U1F Delco Bose Stereo System w/ CD $1,219 16,794
WY5 Extended Mobility Tires $70 2,781
Y5F California Emission Requirements $100 2,372
Z07 Adjustable Susp. Pkg. (coupe only) $2,045 887
ZR1 Special Performance Pkg. $31,258 448

Color Options for 1994

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Other combinations could be ordered.
RPO Exterior Interior Soft Top Production
10 Arctic White B-LB-LG-R B-BG-W 4,066
28 Admiral Blue B-LB-LG B-BG-W 1,584
41 Black B-LB-LG-R B-BG-W 4,136
43 Bright Aqua Metallic B-LB-LG B-BG-W 1,209
45 Polo Green Metallic B-LB B-BG 3,534
53 Competition Yellow B-LB-LG B-BG-W 834
66 Copper Metallic B-LB-LG B-BG-W 116
70 Torch Red B-LB-LG-R B-BG-W 5,073
73 Black Rose Metallic B-LB-LG B-BG-W 1,267
75 Dark Red Metallic B-LB-LG B-BG-W 1,511
Color Codes: B=Black, BG=Beige, LB=Light Beige, LG=Light Grey, PC=Pace Car Replica, R=Red, W=White

Interior Colors

RPO Color Production
143 Light Gray N/A
193 Black N/A
643 Light Beige N/A
703 Red N/A

Convertible Top Color Codes

RPO Color Production
N/A Black 2,770
N/A Beige 1,471
N/A White 1,079

1994 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Feature Coupe Convertible ZR-1
Wheelbase 96.2 inches (2.443 m) 96.2 inches (2.443 m) 96.2 inches (2.443 m)
Overall length 178.5 inches (4.534 m) 178.5 inches (4.534 m) 178.5 inches (4.534 m)
Overall width 70.7 inches (1.778 m) 70.7 inches (1.778 m) 73.1 inches (1.857 m)
Overall height 46.3 inches (1.176 m)   46.3 inches (1.176 m)
Front tread 57.7 inches (1.466 m) 57.7 inches (1.466 m) 57.7 inches (1.466 m)
Rear tread 59.1 inches (1.501 m) 59.1 inches (1.501 m) 60.6 inches (1.539 m)
Front Tires P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT
Rear Tires P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT P315/35ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT
Steering rack and pinion (power assisted)
Front suspension Single fiberglass composite monoleaf transverse spring with unequal-length aluminum control arms and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension Fully independent five-link system with transverse fiberglass single-leaf springs, aluminum upper/lower trailing links and strut-rod tie-rod assembly
Brakes Antilock four-wheel power disc
Body construction Fiberglass; separate ladder frame with cross-members
Fuel tank 20 US Gal (16.7 Imp Gal) (76 liters)


Engine Specifications

Feature Base Engine RPO LT1 ZR-1 Engine RPO LT5
Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve with 4 valves per cylinder and 4 overhead camshafts
Block Cast Iron with Aluminum Cylinder Heads All Aluminum
Displacement 350 cid (5.7 liters) 350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 4.00" x 3.48" 4.00" x 3.48"
Compression Ratio 10.5:1 11.0:1
Brake horsepower 300 @ 5000 405 @ 5800 rpm
Torque 340 lb-ft @ 3600 385 lb-ft @ 5200
Main Bearing Five Five
Valve Lifters Hydraulic Hydraulic
Fuel supply Multi-port Injection (MPI) Multi-port Injection (MPI)
 


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