1988 was the 35th anniversary of Corvette production , so a coupe
only 35th Special Edition Package (RPO Z01; $1295.00) was available. White was the theme, in observance of the 1953 Corvettes,
all of which had white exteriors. Included were white wheels along with white door handles and side strip.
Front hood emblem and side hood emblem were part of the 35th Special
Edition Package. Also included: special white leather interior and steering wheel,
seat embroidery, a console plaque and a console mounted sequence number.
New wheels decorated the 1988 Corvettes, including the standard
16 inchers. Optional 17 inch wheels were also available.
The Corvette engine, still boasting of Bosch sourced fuel injection
first introduced in 1985, continued its steady progress towards better fuel economy, reliability, performance and drivability.
The output of 1988 coupes equipped with the 3.07 differential ratio was upped by 5 hp via a less restrictive exhaust. That
same exhaust was deemed too loud for convertible use, so topless Corvettes were rated at 240 hp, the same as in 1987.