A small-block Chevrolet V-8, two-seat cabin, and luscious fiberglass body secured the fifth-generation Corvette’s role in the tradition of America’s sports car. But the Corvette introduced in 1997 was in reality so fresh it contained more new components than the original 1953 model. Its advanced chassis design and world-class powertrain rocketed the legend into the twenty-first century. Its ultimate expression was the fire-breathing, 405-horsepower Z06. Here are the highlights of the C5.
Only a hatchback coupe was offered for the 1997 Corvette,
here posed with four of its grandfathers.
For the first time, Corvette offered three separate models
with the 1999 debut of a notchback hardtop coupe.
The hardtop Corvette (foreground) realized its performance potential
in 2001 as Chevrolet transformed it into the Z06 with a new LS6 V-8.
The 50th Anniversary Edition was an option for the 2003 Corvette hatchback
and convertible. Included were Anniversary Red paint, shale leather interior,
"50" logos inside and out, and new Magnetic Selective Ride Control
Learn more about the Corvettes in this generation:
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