From: Hemmings Motor News
Date: March 1989
Price then: $17,000 ($32,600 adjusted for inflation - about the cost of a new 2015 Chevrolet Impala today)
Price now: $8,300-$33,500
Approximate dollar difference: $900
Approximate annual rate of return: .1%
Corvette: 1982 collector's edition, mint condition, always garaged, every possible option, original window sticker and factory line sheet, 30,000 miles, $17,000
In 1982, Chevrolet finally bid farewell to the C3 body style after 14 years in production. With tons of special edition goodies including special color, striping, wheels and a special opening rear hatch. For a special edition car, these are not rare by any stretch of the imagination. With 6,700 units, it doesn't take much searching to find one today. Perhaps that's why after 26 years, there is little increase in value.On the other hand, the new owner didn't lose any money either.