Corvette C5 Facts 97-99

 

1997 Corvette Overview

1997 began the new generation of Corvette, C5. The Corvette Team faced many tough decisions when designing the new Corvette. They didn't know if they should change the Corvette design drastically, or make the C4 to C5 transition look like natural evolution. Another question they faced was whether or not to change the engine.

Corvette did end up deciding to use the LS1 5.7L V-8. Some Corvette enthusiasts were surprised that their "new" engine still had pushrods but there were plenty of reasons to use that engine. The engine has 345 net horsepower which is plenty for the Corvette. Lastly, it was much cheaper for Corvette to use a pushrod engine, which in turn, made the car a much more reasonable price to the customer.

 

1997 Corvette Retail Prices

  • Coupe
  • $37,495

1997 Corvette Production Numbers by Model

  • Coupe
  • 9,772

 

1997 Corvette Production Numbers by Color

  • Arctic White
  • 1,341
  • Sebring Silver Metallic/li>
  • 2,164
  • Nassau Blue Metallic
  • 292
  • Black
  • 2,393
  • Light Carmine Red Metallic
  • 381
  • Torch Red
  • 3,026
  • Fairway Green Metallic
  • 155


1997 Corvette Engines

Engine

HP/TQ

0-60

Quarter Mile

  • 5.7L V-8 LS1
  • 345 HP @ 5600 RPM
    350 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
  • 4.8 sec
  • 13.3 sec

 

1997 Corvette VIN Decoder

Engine Codes

  • ZYC
  • 5.7L V-8 LS1 345 HP, 350ci (manual transmission)
  • ZYD
  • 5.7L V-8 LS1 345 HP, 350ci (automatic transmission)

Other

  • 1
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • G
  • Manufacturer: General Motors
  • 1
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • YY
  • Carline/Series: Corvette
  • 2
  • Body Style: 2=Two door coupe
  • 2
  • Restraint Code: 2=Active
  • G
  • Engine Type: G=LS1
  • 5
  • Check Digit: Varies
  • V
  • Model Year: V=1997
  • 5
  • Plant: 5=Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 109707
  • Production Number: Between 100000-109707
Example :1G1YY22G5V5109707

1997 Corvette Exterior Colors

Color

Code

  • Arctic White
  • 10U
  • Sebring Silver Metallic
  • 13U
  • Nassau Blue Metallic
  • 23U
  • Black
  • 41U
  • Light Carmine Red Metallic
  • 53U
  • Torch Red
  • 70U
  • Fairway Green Metallic
  • 91U


1997 Corvette Interior Trim Colors

Color Code

  • Black
  • 193
  • Light Gray
  • 923
  • Firethorn Red
  • 943

1998 Corvette Overview

The 1998 C5 Corvette was the first Corvette to come with the new Active Handling system as an option. The Active Handling system activates when there is a significant difference between how the driver intends for the car to corner and how the car is actually cornering. It works with the ABS and traction control systems needed to apply any of the four brakes to help correct the situation. Active Handling can help to avoid many accidents.

Also during 1998, the LS1 5.7L V-8 engine was distinguished as one of the best in 1998. The Corvette, Camaro, and Firebird are all powered by the engine. The 1998 5.7L V-8 was the most technologically advanced push rod small block of its time. The engine continued with its heritage of 4.40 inch center-to-center bore dimensions and high output.

 

1998 Corvette Retail Prices

  • Coupe
  • $37,495
  • Covertible
  • $44,425
 

1998 Corvette Production Numbers by Model

  • Coupe
  • 19,235
  • Convertible
  • 11,849

 


1998 Corvette Production Numbers by Color

  • Arctic White
  • 3,346
  • Light Pewter Metallic
  • 3,276
  • Sebring Silver Metallic
  • 4,637
  • Radar Purple Metallic
  • 1,163
  • Nassau Blue Metallic
  • 1,098
  • Navy Blue Metallic
  • 14
  • Black
  • 6,597
  • Light Carmine Red Metallic
  • 1,567
  • Aztec Gold
  • 15
  • Torch Red
  • 8,767
  • Fairway Green Metallic
  • 223
  • Medium Purple Pearl Metallic
  • 381

 

1998 Corvette Engines

Engine

HP/TQ

0-60

Quarter Mile

  • 5.68L V-8 LS1
  • 345 HP @ 5600 RPM
    350 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
  • 4.72 sec
  • 13.36 sec

 

1998 Corvette VIN Decoder

Engine Codes

  • ZZD
  • 5.68L V-8 LS1 345 HP, 350ci (manual transmission)
  • ZZC
  • 5.7L V-8 LS1 345 HP, 350ci (automatic transmission)

Other

  • 1
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • G
  • Manufacturer: General Motors
  • 1
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • YY
  • Carline/Series: Corvette
  • 3
  • Body Style: 2=Two door coupe, 3=Two door convertible
  • 2
  • Restraint Code: 2=Active
  • G
  • Engine Type: G=LS1
  • 5
  • Check Digit: Varies
  • W
  • Model Year: W=1998
  • 5
  • Plant: 5=Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 131069
  • Production Number: Between 100000-131069
Example : 1G1YY32G5W5131069

 

1998 Corvette Exterior Colors

Color

Code

  • Arctic White
  • 10U
  • Light Pewter Metallic
  • 11U
  • Sebring Silver Metallic
  • 13U
  • Radar Purple Metallic
  • 21U
  • Nassau Blue Metallic
  • 23U
  • Navy Blue Metallic
  • 28U
  • Black
  • 41U
  • Light Carmine Red Metallic
  • 53U
  • Aztec Gold
  • 58U
  • Torch Red
  • 70U
  • Fairway Green Metallic
  • 87U
  • Medium Purple Pearl Metallic
  • 95U

 

1998 Corvette Interior Trim Colors

Color Code
  • Black
  • 193
  • Yellow
  • 194
  • Light Oak
  • 673
  • Light Gray
  • 923
  • Firethorn Red
  • 943
 

1998 Corvette Convertible Top Colors

Color

Code

  • Black
  • N/A
  • Light Oak
  • N/A
  • White
  • N/A

1999 Corvette Overview

The 1999 Corvette Series had 3 cars to choose from, the Coupe, the Convertible, and the new addition, the Hardtop. Some Corvette customers wanted a lighter, stiffer, more agile high performance Corvette and that is just what the Hardtop is. The Hardtop came equipped with a Z51 suspension, designed for racing competition or for drivers who demand the ultimate Corvette handling package. The suspension features stiff springs, large stabilizer bars and large monotube shock absorbers.

The Hardtop, believe it or not, was actually cheaper than the Coupe or the Convertible. If Coupe or Convertible owners preferred the Z51 suspension to be installed on their car, it would carry a price tag of $1,165. The downside to the Hardtop was that it was not the most luxurious of all Corvettes. It came with minimal options.

The only option that were available to the Hardtop were a power driver seat, the JL4 active handling system, a custom-designed Bose audio system, a CD changer and body side moldings. It also only came with one available interior, black leather, and five exterior color choices, Torch Red, Arctic White, Black, Pewter, and Nassau Blue.


1999 Corvette Retail Prices

  • Hardtop
  • $38,777
  • Coupe
  • $39,171
  • Convertible
  • $45,579
 

1999 Corvette Production Numbers by Model

  • Hardtop
  • 4,031
  • Coupe
  • 18,078
  • Convertible
  • 11,161

1999 Corvette Production Numbers by Color

  • Arctic White
  • 2,756
  • Light Pewter Metallic
  • 6,164
  • Sebring Silver Metallic
  • 3,510
  • Nassau Blue Metallic
  • 1,034
  • Navy Blue Metallic
  • 1,439
  • Black
  • 7,235
  • Torch Red
  • 8,361
  • Magnetic Red Metallic
  • 2,733

1999 Corvette Engines

Engine

HP/TQ

0-60

Quarter Mile

  • 5.7L V-8 LS1
  • 345 HP @ 5600 RPM
    350 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
  • 4.8 sec
  • 13.3 sec

1999 Corvette VIN Decoder

Engine Codes

  • ZAA
  • 5.7L V-8 LS1 345 HP, 350ci (manual transmission)
  • ZAB
  • 5.7L V-8 LS1 345 HP, 350ci (automatic transmission)

Other

  • 1
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • G
  • Manufacturer: General Motors
  • 1
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • YY
  • Carline/Series: Corvette
  • 1
  • Body Style: 1=Hardtop, 2=Two door coupe, 3=Two door convertible
  • 2
  • Restraint Code: 2=Active
  • G
  • Engine Type: G=LS1
  • 5
  • Check Digit: Varies
  • X
  • Model Year: X=1999
  • 5
  • Plant: 5=Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 133283
  • Production Number: Between 100000-133283
Example : 1G1YY12G5X5133283

1999 Corvette Exterior Colors

Color

Code

  • Arctic White
  • 10U
  • Light Pewter Metallic
  • 11U
  • Sebring Silver Metallic
  • 13U
  • Nassau Blue Metallic
  • 23U
  • Navy Blue Metallic
  • 28U
  • Black
  • 41U
  • Torch Red
  • 70U
  • Magnetic Red Metallic
  • 58U

1999 Corvette Interior Trim Colors

Color Code
  • Black
  • 19I
  • Light Oak
  • 67I
  • Pewter
  • 92I
  • Firethorn Red
  • 94I
 

1999 Corvette Convertible Top Colors

Color

Code

  • Bright White
  • 16T
  • Black
  • 41T
  • Light Oak
  • 67T