C5 Corvette Overview: The 5th Generation Corvette That Ran From 1997-2004

C5 Corvette Overview: The 5th Generation Corvette That Ran From 1997-2004

C5 Corvette Overview 1997 C5 Corvette Instrument Panel Are you thinking about getting a C5 Corvette? The 5th generation Corvette pushed the entire Corvette brand into the 21st century. With modern technology, a redesigned powertrain, and an active handling system, Chevrolet went all out to create one of the most impressive American sports cars at the time. While the C5 was incredibly impressive on the road, it was also a fairly economical car for its segment. This was emphasized by its surprising EPA rating of 18 miles to the gallon, which left much of the competition scratching their heads. Want to learn more about the C5 Corvette? You’re in the right place. A 5.7-Liter V8 Powertrain 1997 Corvette Coupe The C5 Corvette was powered by an all-new powertrain by Chevrolet. Despite small cosmetic…
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C5 CORVETTE BODY KITS (PART 4 IN THE SERIES)

C5 CORVETTE BODY KITS (PART 4 IN THE SERIES)

1997 Corvette Information, 1998 Corvette Information, 1999 Corvette Information, 2000 Corvette Information, 2001 Corvette Information, 2002 Corvette Information, 2003 Corvette Information, 2004 Corvette Information, C5 Corvette Information, Corvette History, Corvette News and Archives
THE HISTORICAL EVOLUTION of C5 CORVETTE BODY KITS (PART 4 IN THE SERIES) We are taking a look at the C5 Corvette body kits from 1996-to 2004. If you love Corvette, you'll love this! Wayne Ellwood shares the evolution in customing the C5 Corvettes. See how designers have been customizing cars as long as there have been cars to customize. This will give you a better understanding of what went into designing these body kits as well as how they changed from one year to the next. Check out the latest post from Vette Vues now! C5 CORVETTE BODY KITS The history of Corvette C5 body kitsCustomizing Your C5 RideIncluded are specific examples from the C5 Body Kit historyFind out how custom shops turned to Corvette as their platformFrom extensive…
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Corvette Active Handling System Debuts

Corvette Active Handling System Debuts

1998 Corvette Information, C5 Corvette Information
Chevrolet Press Release November 6, 1997 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chevrolet Corvette has a well-deserved reputation for cutting-edge technology and high performance -- alldelivered at a very competitive price. That reputation will soon be enhanced when an optional Active Handling chassis control system (JL4) becomes available on all Corvette models early in 1998, and standard on convertibles with the Indy 500 Pace Car package. Corvette's Active Handling system features a unique blend of sensors that are capable of reading steering inputs, vehicle yaw rate, and lateral g force, then activating the vehicle's brakes on a selective basis to help stabilize the car in emergency maneuvers. When added to Corvette's well-developed ABS braking and traction control systems, Active Handling greatly enhances the accident avoidance capabilities of the already…
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Corvette Convertible to Pace Indy 500 in 1998

Corvette Convertible to Pace Indy 500 in 1998

1998 Corvette Information, C5 Corvette Information
Chevrolet Press Release November 6, 1997 1998 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car LAS VEGAS, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new 1998 Chevrolet Corvette convertible will be leading the pack at next year's Indianapolis 500, the 11th time a Chevy has been selected for this honor. Driving the pace car will be none other than golfing's Greg "The Shark" Norman (and Chevrolet spokesperson). Those announcements were made today at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) annual meeting in Las Vegas by Mary Hulman George of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet general manager John Middlebrook. The 82nd running of the Indy 500 will mark the fourth appearance for Corvette as an Indy 500 Pace Car. The first time came back in 1978 -- the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Corvette. Subsequent appearances…
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1998 Corvette Convertible Less Than 1996

1998 Corvette Convertible Less Than 1996

1998 Corvette Information, C5 Corvette Information
General Motors Media Press Release August 5, 1997 All-New 1998 Corvette Convertible $635 Less Than '96 Price Premiere American Convertible Adds Equipment, Reduces Price WARREN, Mich. — Chevrolet Motor Division today announced a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $44,990 for its 1998 Corvette convertible. The legendary topless sports car adds more than $1,300 worth of premium standard equipment, yet will be priced $635 less than the 1996 convertible (the last year a Corvette convertible was offered). "Value is Chevrolet's heritage," said John G. Middlebrook, Chevrolet General Manager. "Beating the Corvette convertible price of two years ago, while offering an all-new vehicle with more equipment for '98, means that the customer wins. We're sure the new convertible will match the success of the all-new coupe introduced as a '97 model."…
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1998 Corvette Convertible Returns to Route 66

1998 Corvette Convertible Returns to Route 66

1998 Corvette Information, C5 Corvette Information
General Motors Media Press Release August 1, 1997 January 1998 Cover Vette Vues Magazine (Coverage of the 1998 Corvette Convertible caravan appeared in the January 1998 issue of Vette Vues Magazine) ‘98 Corvette Convertible Returns to Route 66 WARREN, Mich. — In mid-September, 1997, a caravan of ‘98 Corvette Convertibles will head across the country for a nostalgic drive down U.S. Highway 66 -- better known to most Americans as “Route 66.” This landmark event -- known as Corvette’s “Return to the Road” -- marks the first major public appearance by the ‘Vette Convertible, the newest iteration of the fifth-generation Corvette introduced in January. The caravan of Corvettes will travel the entire 2,400 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica, with stops along the way to meet with the media and…
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1998 Corvette Convertible Now Available

1998 Corvette Convertible Now Available

1998 Corvette Information, C5 Corvette Information
1998 Corvette: America's Sports Car Now Offered in a True Convertible Version GM Media Press Release August 1, 1997 WARREN, Mich. - In January of 1997, the all-new fifth generation of America's premier production sports coupe debuted in Detroit … and within one week, more than 500 media reports were filed around the world! And now, in its 45th year, there's even more exciting news. For 1998, Chevy Corvette is once again available as a convertible. Anticipating the future, Corvette engineers back in 1997 designed that year's Corvette as a "topless" vehicle, thus making sure that when the all-new 1998 convertible debuted, it was indeed a "topless" vehicle. The integral structure of this new convertible design is more than just a styling "knockout." It also provides Corvette with a solid…
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