This is the fourth entry in our countdown of Corvette generations ahead of Sunday's launch of the 2014 'Vette.
If the Corvette faithful had to excommunicate one model year from their congregation, they'd pick 1984. It was the first year for the fourth-generation Corvette, one that saw its graceful curves razored into straight lines and hidden headlamps that anonymized America's sport car. The performance at launch was lackluster behind the odd 4+3 transmission, with only 205 hp; the new electronics failed with a quickness, and the rough ride quality produced endless squeaks. Within a few years, GM added the first skip-shift feature (along with detailed instructions how to disconnect it.) To their credit, Corvette engineers tweaked and tuned the generation over the next decade, and solved many of its shortcomings by 1994. This photo by TW Collins comes from Flickr; If you have a Vette to share, add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. And if you haven't tried it yet, download the fantastic new Flickr app here.