The Fifth Generation Corvette C5

A picture of the 2004 Corvette Z06 Commerative Edition

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"Chevrolet's Corvette has been in production since June 1953. The 1997-Current Corvette is referred to as the C5 or "Fifth Generation" Corvette. This is the first totally new Corvette -- the 1953 Corvette used parts shared with other  Chevrolets, but in addition to a totally redesigned body, the 1997 Corvette employed a new frame, engine and rear mounted transmission. The 1997 model year was a short production year." (original article

"In 1998 Corvette produced its fourth Indy Pace Car Replica model." (original article

"In 1999 Chevrolet brought out a fixed roof coupe they call a "Hardtop" version, the first "fixed roof" model since 1967. Current models include the convertible, the coupe and the hardtop." (original article

"The 2000 Corvette employed few external changes. New wheels were introduced, a standard version and a hi-polished version, and the passenger's outside door key lock entry was discontinued. In January another new 2000 standard painted wheel was introduced." (original article

"2001 saw the introduction of the Z06 model. Based on the fixed roof coupe model, the Z06 is Chevrolet's race ready model. The Z06 comes with the LS6 engine and functioning front air intake grills and functioning rear brake duct air intake grills directly behind the doors. The 6-speed manual transmission is the only transmission available in the Z06." (original article

"In 2002 the Z06's LS6 engine was upped to 405 H.P." (original article

"2003 is Corvette's 50th anniversary. A 50th anniversary option is available on the coupe and convertible, but not on the Z06. The 50th anniversary option consists of a special "Anniversary Red" paint, a special "shale" coloured interior and special 50th Anniversary badging. The Z06 remained unchanged from the 2002 model. Also new for 2003 is Magnetic Selective Ride Control which replaced the Real Time Damping system." (original article