Here is one fine low mileage Corvette. It was ordered new and owned
by a GM employee. These C5s represented a major leap forward in
both chassis and also engine design with the LS1. The '99 models
hit just about every car magazines 10 best lists, and it was
Autoweeks Readers Pick, Best New Car. It even has the original
window sticker and some cool Corvette promotional materials
included. Check it out.
Cared for by a company employee and driven just enough miles to keep things warmed up and moving, (maybe even to church on Sundays), this car looks fantastic! The Torch Red paint has no evidence of even a rock chip on it. Of-course the body sits low and the lines are smooth. There are crossed racing flags leading the way on the hood, hideaway headlights, and a windshield that starts real far forward and leans real far back. There is a removable hardtop for when you get the urge for open air motoring. Air extraction scoops in the front fenders have an accent line in the cutout that runs down the side of the body tapering off at the rear fender. The back of the car pulls the body lines together smoothly and has ground effects vents for air extraction on either side of the exhaust pipes. 5 spoke alloy wheels and low-profile tires complete the look.
Open the door and you will find what you expect to find on a car with such low miles. Its completely stock, super clean, with no signs of wear. There is a sculpted door panel with long armrest for your comfort, and a Bose speaker for your listening pleasure. Power windows, locks, and mirror controls are at your fingertips. Settle in to those amazing power adjusted leather seats and adjust it to your preference. Then grab a hold of that leather wrapped tilt steering wheel. It feels good in your hands. Backlit gauges are tucked up under the hooded dash with wipers, lights and cruise controls at your fingertips that should feel familiar if you are a GM fan. The stereo sits at the top of the center console stack and drives those Bose speakers, with the A/C and ventilation controls just below it. The shifter for the 4-speed automatic falls easily to hand and is wrapped in leather too.
Of-course the LS1 engine is the star of the powertrain show, and for good reason. It is more powerful, lighter, and sits lower in the chassis than its predecessors. It pumps out 345 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque. And, it avoided the gas guzzler tax in '99 by getting 17 and 25 mpg while doing it! But the other changes to the chassis are significant too. The C5s switched to a rear mounted transmission which gave the car a 50/50 weight distribution that really helped improve the handling. Other design changes like a hydroformed box frame and magnesium components both stiffened and lightened the chassis allowing the engineers to tune it for a better ride as well as better handling. Massive disc brakes both front and rear inspire confidence and can haul this car back down from speed in a hurry. The rubber meets the road through 275/40ZR18 tires in the rear, and 245/45ZR17s in the front.
Come on down and check out this car of the year from 1999. Maybe you will decide to make it your car of the year in 2018.
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