The C5 Corvette was a massive step forward for the legendary
fiberglass sports car, and if you haven't driven one, you don't
know just how good they are. This 1999 Corvette has an awesome look
with a few modest modifications, and probably represents the
biggest bang for the buck anywhere.
Finished in traditional Arctic White, this Corvette still looks awesome and looking at it, it's hard to believe that it's 17 years old. It has been driven, of course, but everything looks to be in top condition mechanically, and it shows only the most minor road wear, making it the perfect Corvette for the guy who loves the C5 but might be working on a smaller budget. The bodywork, including the optional "stinger" along the sides is beautifully preserved, and this one has been neatly upgraded with Z06-style scoops on the rocker panels, which were designed to feed cool air to the rear brakes, air screens up front, and some subtle graphics on the hood. There are almost zero scuffs on the chin, and no sandblasting of the rocker panels by the tires, and certainly no marks from parking lot mishaps thanks to the composite bodywork. This car also features the solid top option, which gives it the look of a closed coupe and the lid can be stored in the C5's cavernous trunk using special brackets for just this purpose. Go ahead, take another look at it; the C5 is aging rather well, don't you think?
This car's interior features the optional sport bucket seats, which were a big upgrade over the standard pancake-flat buckets, and the leather remains in great shape. There's some slight wear on the driver's seat, certainly in line with the age and mileage, and overall the interior is as well-preserved as the bodywork. You'll never get tired of watching the gauges do their dance every time you start the engine (they've been upgraded with white gauge faces), and there's tons of useful data to be gleaned from the driver information center in the middle of the cluster. This car also offers options like dual zone climate control, the cool heads-up display, and the memory package, among others. Everything works as it should, as one would expect from such a well-preserved piece, and there are carbon-fiber accents on the doors and dash to dress things up a bit.
The C5's LS1 V8 was another huge step forward. With 345 horsepower in 1999, it was a formidable performer, yet it could still pull down 25 MPG on the highway, something few other cars could match. The LS1 also introduced a plastic intake manifold to control heat and noise, distributorless ignition, and a sophisticated fuel system, all stashed under handsome removable covers with CORVETTE emblazoned on their surface. The standard transmission was a 4-speed automatic as in this one, which also has the optional 3.15 performance gear ratio. The engine runs very well and has a few minor modifications that are popular with Corvette enthusiasts but do nothing to affect reliability. For a little extra fun on the road, there's a rumbling B&B cat-back exhaust system and the suspension has been lowered two inches for that awesome stance. Chrome forged aluminum wheels from a Z06 wear staggered 245/45/17 front and 275/40/18 rear Hankook performance radials and frame a set of cross-drilled Z06 brakes.
If you're looking for a clean C5 at a great price, they don't come better than this. Call today!