2003 marked the 50th Anniversary for the Corvette and all models
Were marked with special anniversary emblems and identification on their hoods and rear decks, and on nomenclature such as manuals and key blanks. Coupe and convertible tachometer and speedometer displays also had 50th emblems. This particular Corvette is finished in Torch Red Exterior With Black Leather Interior.
Several features previously optional or included in option packages were standard equipment in 2003 coupes and convertibles. The list included fog lamps, sport seats, power passenger seat, dual-zone air conditioning, and (for coupe only) the parcel net and luggage shade.
All models featured LATCH (lower assist tether for children) child seat hooks. Child seat use required the passenger airbag to be switched off. The Indianapolis 500 race on May 26, 2002, was paced by Corvette, a fifth time Corvette had been so honored. However there was no replica Pace Cars ever offered to the Public as the previous times Corvette Paced the Race.
This particular Corvette has only had two owners and very low miles of just 25,991 actual. Documented very nicely with the previous two owners copies of titles and odometer statement, window sticker and build sheet, both sets of keys and key fobs, original owners manual packet with the 50th Logo along with the original flash light and ink pin with the Corvette logo, original manuals, original instruction CD disc on how the car operates, Clean CarFax Vehicle History Report showing no accidents or any issues, and both names and numbers of those previous owners. The Corvette has spent all of its like in Missouri with the original owner being in Wentzville, Missouri up until 2017 and the second owner in Springfield here locally. I do not think you will find a better used C5 on the market for sale and with this low of miles you can still enjoy it and drive the car knowing there is alot of miles left in the car. The C5 Generation of the Corvette started in 1997 and lasted until 2004 and in my opinion is still one of the best looking and driving Corvettes! Most people are unaware of this as these models have more interior and leg room than the newer C6 and C7 models of today! They still have alot of technology but not an overkill like all the models on the road today have. Yes that newer technology is great, however it can get distracting when driving. These models still have keys and door grabs to open them. The newer ones are all push button and when the battery goes dead what do you do? You have to know how to get out. The best bang for buck in today’s market are these C5 models as they have stop depreciating for the most part.
POWERTRAIN / CHASSIS
5.7 Liter LS1 350 H.P. Sequential Fuel Injection V8 Engine
4-Speed Automatic With Overdrive Transmission
Active Handling System
Traction Control System
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
Power Front/Rear Disc Brakes
Power Speed Sensitive Rack And Pinion Steering
Limited Slip Differential
Aluminum 5 Spoke Wheels
Extended Mobility Tires W/Tire Pressure Monitor System
Oil Life Monitoring System
SAFETY / SECURITY:
Driver/Front Passenger Airbags
Air Bag Off Switch Front Passenger
Remote Keyless Entry
Pass-Key II Theft Deterrent System With Horn Alarm
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Disc Brakes
Power Heated Outside Mirrors
Removable Roof Panel
Retractable Halogen Headlamps
Fog & Daytime Running Lamps
Chrome Plated Exhaust Tips
AM/FM Stereo CD W/Bose Speakers
Dual Zone Electronic Air Conditioning
Carpeted Floor Mats
Driver Information Center
Cruise Control With Resume
Intermittent Wiper System
Leather Seating Surfaces
6-Way Power Sport Lumbar Seats
Leather Wrapped Tilt Steering Wheel
Power Door Locks And Windows
Electric Rear Window Defogger
Remote Hatch & Fuel Door Release
Luggage Shade & Parcel Net
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT INCLUDES: ($1,200.00 Option)
1SB Preferred Equipment Group
Consists Of: Memory Package
Head Up Display
Power Telescoping Steering Column & Manual Tilt
Electrochromic Mirrors: Inside Rearview & Left Outside
Polished Aluminum Wheels ($1,295.00 Option)
Removable Transparent (Glass) Roof Panel ($750.00 Option)
50-State Emissions NO CHARGE
Rear Axle 2.73 Ratio NO CHARGE
Front Tire-P245/45ZR17 NO CHARGE
Rear Tire-P285/40ZR18 NO CHARGE
TOTAL OPTIONS $3,245.00
ORIGINAL MSRP $47,140.00
Originally Selling Dealer Was Jim Reed Chevrolet Company in Nashville Tennessee and original owner purchased new from them on September 11th, 2002 with 4 miles on the odometer. The original owner lived in Wentzville Missouri.
Only 1,864 Coupes were built in Torch Red in 2003 out of a total production 35,469 units.
Just 2,595 Corvettes were built with the optional Z51 Suspension
Base Price Of A New Corvette In 2003 was $43,225.00
The overall paint, interior, trim engine compartment are all very clean. Little to no nicks in the paint and can easily pass as a 10,000 mile car. The seats show little to no wear and have no tears or worn places on them. The window glass is nice with no chips or nicks and all of the weatherstripping is like new. The car was kept in a garage and out of the elements. All things work on the car including cold air conditioning, CD player, instruments, headlamps, etc. The car needs nothing that we are aware of. Tires are in great shape with plenty of tread on them and there are no curbed wheels. The wheels are super nice and have that original shine to them. The car is completely stock including the exhaust system. Nothing has been changed nor modified. Must see to appreciate. No Disappointments with this one!
The C5 Corvette was a first of its kind to have a completely new engine driving a rear transaxle, a Corvette first. Virtually all interior, exterior and suspension components were redesigned for this vehicle. The rear transaxle combined a GM-built, electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission, or a Borg-Warner six-speed manual with Computer-Aided Gear Selection (CAGS) with a limited-slip axle built by Getrag. Locating the transmission in the rear maintained nearly equal front-to-rear weight distribution (51.4 / 48.6 with automatic), and improved interior space by enlarging the footwells.
Wheelbase increased from 96.2” to 104.5”, length from 178.5” to 179.7”, width from 70.7” to 73.6” , height from 46.3” to 47.8”, track by 4.4” in front and 2.9” at the rear. Moving the wheels more to the corners increased stability and interior space. Weight was reduced by about eighty pounds. The interior featured large analog speedometer and tachometer gauges flanked by secondary instruments, with “black” lighting. Seats, by Lear Corporation, were a new design. The handbrake was relocated from left of the driver to the center console. Stepover height was reduced by over three inches.
The new “LS1” V8 was all new and state-of-the-art in pushrod V8 design. The block was closed-deck aluminum alloy with cast-in cylinder liners. The block had a deep skirt that extended past the main bearing caps. Four-bolt mains were also cross-bolted to the block for rigidity. The shallow cast-aluminum oil pan had side reservoirs, and was a structural member of the engine. Output was 350 H.P. in 2003. An assembled LS1 was 44Ibs lighter than the previous C4 engines.