Introduced in 1997 the C5 Corvette was a significant upgrade over the already ground breaking C4 that put the world on notice that Chevy's Corvette wasn't just a boulevard cruiser but a world class sports car. In fact, in a side by side, inside out comparison the C5 Corvette is every bit as compelling a driver's car as a Gen 2 Viper GTS or Porsche Carrera.
If there was any doubt about Corvette's chops, the Z06 was the game changer. Incorporating performance topping enhancements to the suspension, brakes and transmission in the stiffer fixed roof coupe body the Z06 was quickly tagged as the "track ready" Vette. And of course the LS6 stunned the competition and put an end to the perceived limitations and "imminent retirement" of Chevy's storied push rod V8.
This 2003 50th Anniversary Edition sports the 405 horsepower version of the LS6 and wears iconic Torch Red on black leather. Its clad with the matte finish wheels and still fresh Conti Sport tires. It is optioned with Bose sound, full power seats, memory package with auto dim mirrors and heads up display.
This car has been very well kept and it shows. It is stock other than a short throw shifter and a harness bar that has never been used (one set of Simpson harnesses included). It rolls down the road perfectly with no clunks or squeaks. Its true these were the race on Sunday drive on Monday Corvettes and yes, it will flat get it, but its not so harsh as not to be a comfortable cruiser, even a daily driver.
It's no secret that these cars have always been coveted by enthusiasts and now collectors. They have in recent years been touted as the best value in the pre owned high performance car market, delivering more bang for the buck than a Viper GTS or Porsche Turbo Carrera. But like those cars, the depreciation curve has already bottomed out and prices for these fantastic cars are rising quickly.
This C5 Z06 is located in Rowlett, Texas and is offered as is where is. Clean Texas title and accident free Carfax. Air pump, owners manuals and 50th Anniversary swag included. Low ballers, scammers and sales assistants need not apply.