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LowThe vehicle would be in mechanically functional condition, needing only minor reconditioning.  The exterior paint, trim and interior would show normal wear, needing only minor reconditioning.  May also be a deteriorated restoration or a very poor amateur restoration.  Mostly usable as-is".  This column does not represent a "parts car".
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Average
This vehicle would be in good condition overall.  It could be an older restoration or a well-maintained original vehicle.  Completely operable.  the exterior paint, trim and mechanics are presentable and serviceable inside and out.  A "20-footer:.
High
This vehicle would be in excellent condition overall.  It could be a completely restored or showing very minimal wear.  The exterior paint, trim and mechanics are not in need of reconditioning.  the interior would be in excellent condition.
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A "100 Point" or "# 1" vehicle is not driven.  It would generally be in a museum or transported in an enclosed trailer to concurs judging and car shows.  this type of car would be stored in a climate regulated facility.



Corvette Car Ornaments
                         

C1 
53-62
C2 
63-67
C3 
68-82
C4 
83-96
C5 
97-04
C6 
05-up




                                       1953 -- 1954 -- 1955 -- 1956 -- 1957 -- 1958 -- 1959
1960 -- 1961 -- 1962 -- 1963 -- 1964 -- 1965 -- 1966 -- 1967 -- 1968 -- 1969
1970 -- 1971 -- 1972 -- 1973 -- 1974 -- 1975 -- 1976 -- 1977 -- 1978 -- 1979
1980 -- 1981 -- 1982 -- 1983 -- 1984 -- 1985 -- 1986 -- 1987 -- 1988 -- 1989
1990 -- 1991 -- 1992 -- 1993 -- 1994 -- 1995 -- 1996 -- 1997 -- 1998 -- 1999
2000 -- 2001 -- 2002 -- 2003 -- 2004 -- 2005 -- 2006 -- 2007 -- 2008 -- 2009
2010 -- 2011




1953   On Tuesday, June 30, 1953 Corvette #1 Serial Number E53F001001 rolled of the assembly line, and Corvette production began.

 Want the rarest Corvette? In 1953 the first two Corvettes, VIN Numbers 1 and 2 were said to have been destroyed, but no records prove that fact and there are no witnesses to the destruction. Who knows? They still might be out there somewhere.

 The first Corvettes were literally "rolled" off the assembly line. The early production line was not prepared for grounding to a fiberglass body and thusly the first cars would not start.

 The first five Corvettes to come off the assembly line did not have an outside rear view mirror.

 Its radical fiberglass body was the only really new component on the 1953 Corvette. Everything else was directly off the Chevrolet parts shelf. Because of this, the first Corvette was essentially a regular 1952 Chevrolet under the skin.
Class:  C1 - 53-62
Base engine:  235ci, 150hp
C1 Engine Options
Vin # digits:  10 digits
Yr 2nd & 3rd
Tire size:   
Roofs:    Roadster (convertible)
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Single Integrated
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  300-314
183 sold
MSRP Base price:  $3,513 ??
$3,498???
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv150,800168,500237,800
www.motortrend.com/features/archive/112_9902_1953_chevy_corvette/Index.html
   




1954   Production moved to the St. Louis facility for the 1954 model year.

  New 1954 exterior color options of black, blue, and red were added along with an optional beige interior choice.

  Although the Powerglide transmission was listed as a $178 option, no 1954 Corvette was ever shipped with a manual transmission.
Class:  C1 - 53-62
Base engine:  235ci "Blueflame", 155hp
C1 Engine Options
Vin # digits:  10 digits
Yr 2nd & 3rd
Tire size:   
Roofs:    Roadster (convertible)
Diagnostics: 
Headlights: Single Integrated
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  3,640
MSRP Base price:  $2,774
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv42,30070,100107,700





1955   The 1955 Corvette finally achieved "true" sports car status with the introduction of 265 cubic inch, 195 hp V-8 engine and 3-speed manual transmission.

 To commemorate the new V-8 engine, 1955 Corvettes featured an enlarged, gold "V" in the "Corvette" script on the front fender panels.
Class:  C1 - 53-62
Base engine:  265 cubic inch, 195 hp ??
235ci "Blue Flame", 155hp??
C1 Engine Options
Vin # digits:  10 digits
Yr 2nd & 3rd
Tire size:   
Roofs:    Roadster (convertible)
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Single Integrated
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  
MSRP Base price:  $2,774
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv51,20089,300122,900





1956   There are 13 vertical bars or "teeth" are in the grill of 1956 Corvettes.

 One of the few ways to differentiate between a 1956 and 1957 Corvette without opening the hood is to look at the inside rear view mirror. On the 1956 model, it adjusts with a thumbscrew, on the 1957 adjustment requires a wrench to loosen the locknut.
Class:  C1 - 53-62
Base engine:  265ci, 210hp
C1 Engine Options
Vin # digits:  10 digits
Yr 2nd & 3rd
Tire size:   
Roofs:    Roadster (convertible)
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Single Integrated
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  3,467
MSRP Base price:  $3,467
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv33,00057,10085,600





1957   The 4 speed manual transmission was introduced as an option in 1957.

 The 1957 Corvette was the first mass produced American automobile to offer 1 horsepower per cubic inch of engine displacement (283hp/283ci).

 The "Polo White" color was last used in 1957.

 1957 was the first year a limited slip differential and fuel injection were offered as options.
Class:  C1 - 53-62
Base engine:  283ci, 220hp
C1 Engine Options
Vin # digits:  10 digits
Yr 2nd & 3rd
Tire size:   
Roofs:    Roadster (convertible)
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Single exposed
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  6,339
MSRP Base price:  $3,176
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv34,30047,70080,300





1958   For the first time since its introduction, the '58 Corvette came with factory-installed seat belts.

 1958 was the first year with four headlamps. The front and rear bumper assemblies also were changed from the 1957 model.

 Before 1958, the only acrylic lacquer paint used was on the "Inca Silver" Corvettes.

 1958 was the last year of a tachometer which kept track of "cumulative engine revolution counter" a feature which first appeared in the 1953 Corvette. In 1958 the tach was used on 230, 245, and 250 hp cars but not on the 270 and 290 hp cars. The Part number is #1548631 for 1958 models.
Class:  C1 - 53-62
Base engine:  283ci, 220hp
C1 Engine Options
Vin # digits:  10 digits
Yr 2nd & 3rd
Tire size:   
Roofs:    Roadster (convertible)
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Single exposed
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  9,168
MSRP Base price:  $3,591
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv30,50042,90077,200
 




1959   1959 was the only year that turquoise soft tops were available.

  Sun visors (called "sunshades") became a Corvette option in 1959.
Class:  C1 - 53-62
Base engine:  283ci, 230hp
C1 Engine Options
Vin # digits:  10 digits
Yr 2nd & 3rd
Tire size:   
Roofs:    Roadster (convertible)
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Dual exposed
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  9,670
MSRP Base price:  $3,875
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv27,10042,00072,600





1960   Nylon belted tires first became available on the 1960 Corvette, prior to 1960 only cotton ply tires were offered.
Class:  C1 - 53-62
Base engine:  283ci, 230hp
C1 Engine Options
Vin # digits:  6 digits
Yr 1st
Tire size:   
Roofs:    Roadster (convertible)
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Dual exposed
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  10,261
MSRP Base price:  $3,875
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv32,80047,40067,400
 




1961  1961 Corvette dropped the "round" nose emblem of previous years in favor of the word "CORVETTE" spelled out as individual letters.

  The trademark chrome grill teeth disappeared forever in 1961, to be replaced by a fine mesh screen in the radiator opening.

  1961 was the last year for wide whitewall tires.

 The 1961 Corvette was the first to produce over 300 HP from the fuel injected 283 CI V8. The engine (RPO 354) produced 315 horsepower.

 In 61 the round Corvette nose emblem disappeared in favor of the word Corvette spelled out in individual letters.

 The chrome tooth grill; long a trademark of the Corvette, was replaced by wire mesh with the 1961 model.

 1961 Was the last year for optional two tone paint.

 1961 was the first year of the trademark quad taillights.

 The base price of a new 1961 Corvette (in 1961) was $3,934.00 (I'll take 3 at that price).

 1961 was the last year for the 283CI engine they start in 1962 with the 327CI engine.
Class:  C1 - 53-62
Base engine:  283ci, 230hp
C1 Engine Options
Vin # digits:  6 digits
Yr 1st
Tire size:   
Roofs:   Roadster (convertible)
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Dual exposed
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  10,939
MSRP Base price:  $3,934
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv36,10052,20067,800
     




1962   Was the last of the solid rear axle Corvettes and the last year for the power top on the convertible.

 1962 top horsepower rating with the 327CI engine reached 360.

 In 1962 stiffer springs were offered as an option which did much to help improve handling.
Class:  C1 - 53-62
Base engine:  327ci, 250hp
C1 Engine Options
Vin # digits:  6 digits
Yr 1st
Tire size:   
Roofs:    Roadster (convertible)
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Dual exposed
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  14,531
MSRP Base price:  $4,038
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv39,40056,00071,900





1963   Luxury amenities such as power steering, air conditioning, and leather seats were first available in the 1963 Corvette.

  Split" rear window was only available this year.

  Leather seats were first available in 1963 but not in all colors.

  In 1963 power steering, power brakes and air conditioning were first offered as a factory installed option.

  In 1963 the weight distribution changed to 48/52 (originally 53/47) making for a much better ride and significantly better handling.

  1963 had wider front brake drums than any prior Corvette.

  1963 was the first year for hidden headlights - these were electrically operated.
Class:  C2 - 63-67
Base engine:  L84 - 327ci, 250hp
C2 Engine options
Vin # digits:  6 digits
Yr 1st
Tire size:  Stock 6.70x15
wider tire option 8.25x15
Roofs:  Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Electric
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  21,513
MSRP Base price:  $4,257
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Grand Sport  6,800,000
Corvette Sting Ray 2 DR Conv46,50066,10072,700
Corvette Sting Ray Split Window53,50079,60095,400
Corvette Z06 2 DR CPE Split Window199,100363,300558,900





1964   Only the driver's side vent on the 1964 Corvette is functional.

 There were 4 engine variations of the 327 engine available in 1964.
Class:  C2 - 63-67
Base engine:  L84 - 327ci, 250hp
C2 Engine options
Vin # digits:  6 digits
Yr 1st
Tire size:   
 Roofs: Standard: 
Optional:
Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Electric
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  22,229
MSRP Base price:  $4,252
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette Sting Ray 2 DR Conv37,00051,00066,500
Corvette Sting Ray 2 DR FSTBK CPE30,20045,50055,600
   
 



1965   Side mounted exhaust systems first appeared in 1965.

 While the 427 was developed first, the 396 went into the Corvette.
 
 396ci 425hp engine option lasted only one year.

 1965 was the first year to have two separate hoods - the smooth small block hood and the big block hood with a "power bulge."

   1965 was the first year for four wheel disk brakes although buyers could choose drum brakes.
Class:  C2 - 63-67
Base engine:  L84 - 327ci, 250hp
C2 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits
Yr. 6th
Tire size: 
 Roofs:  Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Electric
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust:  True dual exhaust
Total made:  23,562
MSRP Base price:  $4,321
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette Sting Ray 2 DR Conv43,20057,30075,600
Corvette Sting Ray 2 DR FSTBK CPE38,40051,70064,200
     




1966   1966 marked the last year for knock off wheels but the first for shoulder harnesses and headrests.
Class:  C2 - 63-67
Base engine:  327ci, 300hp
C2 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:   
 Roofs:   Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Electric
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust:  True dual exhaust
Total made:  27,720
MSRP Base price:  $4,295
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette Sting Ray 2 DR Conv48,50060,40073,000
Corvette Sting Ray 2 DR FSTBK CPE44,30054,70070,400
     




1967   1967 was the first year to have three hood styles: the small block hood, the big block hood, and the L-88 hood, even though externally the L-88 looked like the regular big block hood.

  1967 was the first year "vinyl" was offered as an optional exterior covering for the hardtop.

  In 1967 the parking brake handle was moved from under the dash to between the seats.

  1967 was the first year that vinyl covered hardtops were available. The vinyl was available in black, white or saddle tan.
Class:  C2 - 63-67
Base engine:  327ci, 300hp
C2 Engine options
Vin # digits: 13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size: 
 Roofs: Standard: 
Optional:
Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Electric
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust:  True dual exhaust
Total made:  22,940
MSRP Base price:  $4,389
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR CPE L-88 (427)
Only 20 Produced
789,800855,0001,194,300
Corvette Sting Ray 2 DR Conv49,90063,60079,200
Corvette Sting Ray 2 DR FSTBK CPE44,30054,70070,400
   




1968   Due to policy changes at Chevrolet, Corvette was treated like all other car lines for the first time, and quality dropped drastically. With bad publicity in most magazines, policy was re-thought and Chevrolet quickly restored independence and higher quality to Corvette production within a few months. Many believe that all 1968 models still carry the stigma of having "the worst quality" of all Corvettes.

 Emission control equipment was installed on 1968 models.

 1968 was the first year an AM/FM stereo radio was offered as an option.

 The "Sting Ray name" was not used on the 1968 Corvette, but returned in 1969, this time spelled "Stingray" as one word.

 1968 was the first Corvette to use a front air dam and a rear spoiler.

 1968-1972 the coupe's rear window was removable for more of a true convertible experience.

 T-top does not refer to the shape of the roof, but rather it is short for Targa Top. The original design was a pure Targa but body flex demanded the center bar, discovered late in the design.
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  327ci, 300hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:  F70-15 235/60 - Metric 245/60-15
Roofs: Standard: 
Optional 
Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust:  True dual exhaust
Total made:  28,566
MSRP Base price:  $4,663
   
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv24,60033,80045,200
Corvette 2 DR Conv L-88 (427)193,000275,800487,700
Corvette 2 DR Cpe L-88 (427)86,20092,900124,100
Corvette 2 DR Sport CPE20,00030,00038,400
     




1969   Corvette had its first all aluminum engine in 1969 as the ZL-1. It was not the first GM automobile to do so, however, being beaten by the Corvair in 1960 and the Buick 215 V8.

 Only two 1969 Corvettes were sold with the ZL-1 all aluminum 427 engine, making them one of the rarest collector Corvettes of all time. Note: Visit Roger's Corvette Center in Orlando, Florida, for a close-up look at an original 1969 ZL-1.

 In 1969, the ignition lock was moved from the dash to the steering column. It would remain there until 1997 when it was returned to the dash.
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 300hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:  F70-15 235/60 - Metric 245/60-15
Roofs:    Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust:  True dual exhaust
Total made:  28,566
MSRP Base price:  $4,781
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv26,70037,90049,300
Corvette 2 DR Conv L-88 (427)193,000275,800487,700
Corvette 2 DR SPT CPE22,60032,50040,400
Corvette 2 DR CPE ZL-1 Alum 427
Only 2 built.
  3,350,000
     

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1970   In 1970, big block engines increased from 427 to 454 cubic inches and the powerful 370 HP LT1 small block engine made its debut.

 The first ZR1 performance package appeared in 1970 (not 1990, as some might believe) and included the 370 HP LT1 engine and a host of other performance items.

 The 1970 - 1972 Corvettes were the last to feature chrome bumpers front and rear. In 1973, due to front impact legislation requirements, the front bumper was changed to a body-colored flexible plastic. In 1974 the rear bumper followed suit.

 No Corvettes were painted Black at the factory from 1970 to 1976.

  The awesome 454ci engine was only offered for 5 years.. 1970, 71, 72, 73, and 1974.
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 300hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:  F70-15 235/60 - Metric 245/60-15
Roofs:    Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust:  True dual exhaust
Total made:  17,316
MSRP Base price:  $5,192
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Cpe29,50040,60050,700
Corvette 2 DR SPT CPE24,60035,30042,600





1971   1971 was the last year for fiber optic warning lights, first introduced in 1968.
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 270hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:  F70-15 235/60 - Metric 245/60-15
Roofs:    Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust:  True dual exhaust
Total made:  21,801
MSRP Base price:  $5,496
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv25,20037,30048,000
Corvette 2 DR Conv ZR2
Only 12 made.
281,600394,000517,600
Corvette 2 DR SPT CPE22,50032,90040,7400
       




1972   The only external difference between the 1971 and 1972 Corvettes is the  amber front turn signals and chrome plating on the egg-crate grills on the 1972.

  1972 was the only year for Corvette "Big Block" engines in the 1968 to 1972 range to have no horse power sticker on the air cleaner lid.

 Beginning in 1972 and continuing thereafter, horsepower would be measured as "net" rather than the less realistic "gross" ratings of earlier years.

  "Pewter Silver" was only offered as an exterior color in 1972.

  1972 was the only year air conditioning was available with the LT1 engine and since only 240 were so equipped, this combination is a rare find today.

Restoration Pics:
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Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 270hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:  F70-15 235/60 - Metric 245/60-15
Roofs:    Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust:  True dual exhaust
Total made:  21,801
MSRP Base price:  $5,496
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv26,80039,70049,100
Corvette 2 DR SPT CPE23,70035,30042,000
Corvette Motion Moray GTno sales data 
  






1973   In 1973, aluminum wheels were again listed as an option. However, their inability to maintain air pressure (much like the problems which plagued the early 1963 aluminum knock off wheels), kept them out of the hands of customers until 1976.
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 190hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:  F70-15 235/60 - Metric 245/60-15
Roofs: Standard: 
Optional   
Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Leaded
Exhaust:  True dual exhaust
Total made:  30,464
MSRP Base price:  $5,561
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv18,20027,00043,200
Corvette 2 DR SPT CPE13,90021,60032,800
     




1974   The rear view mirror in the 1974 Corvette was increased to a width of 10 inches.

 The last true dual exhaust was installed in 1974. After that, all exhaust gases were channeled through a single catalytic converter.

 The 1974 rear "rubber" bumper was made in 2 pieces due to shortcomings in the manufacturing process. The process was improved the following year, thus 1975-1982 models used a one piece unit.

  1974 was the last year of the big block engine.

 The FE7 Gymkhana Suspension package was first introduced in the 1974 Corvette.

  1974 was the last year the Corvette would be produced to run on "leaded gas"

  The rear view mirror in the 1974 Corvette was increased to a width of 10".
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 195hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:  GR70-15 235/60 Metric 255/60-15
Roofs: Standard: 
Optional   
Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Last yr. for Leaded
Exhaust:  True dual exhaust
Total made:  37,502
MSRP Base price:  $6,002
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv15,80023,90032,200
Corvette 2 DR SPT CPE12,20017,80025,400
 




1975   1975 was the first year for a HEI distributor.

  Starting in 1975, Corvettes started using electronic tachometers


  The convertible was discontinued after the 1975 model year and would not reappear again until 1986.
GM cited declining sales for convertibles (only 4,629 units in '75) and safety concerns as reasons for killing the ragtops.
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 165hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:  GR70-15 235/60 Metric 255/60-15
Roofs: Standard: 
Optional  
Coupe
Convertible
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  1st yr. for Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  38,465
MSRP Base price:  $6,810
   
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR Conv17,30025,20033,900
Corvette 2 DR SPT CPE10,60014,30021,900
   




1976   Didn't make convertibles 1976 - 1985.
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 180hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:  GR70-15 235/60 Metric 255/60-15
Roofs:    Coupe
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  46,558
MSRP Base price:  $7,605
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR CPE8,0009,95015,100
Corvette 2 DR CPE L-8210,95012,65017,400
 




1977   1977 was the last year for the notch back roof line.

 The aftermarket "Moon Roofs" (glass t-tops for Corvettes) were supposed to be optional equipment in 1977, but the manufacturer had a marketing dispute with Chevrolet. GM developed their own glass panels for the 1978 model year.

  78 - 82 take the same after market replacement radio.  82 has a different bezel ???
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 180hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:  GR70-15 235/60 Metric 255/60-15
Roofs:    Coupe
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  49,213
MSRP Base price:  $8,648
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR CPE7,62511,20017,000
Corvette 2 DR CPE L-829,30012,85019,900
 




1978   The 1978 model saw the first fastback rear window since 1967.

  In 1978 tires turned to metric sizes.
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 185hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:   Metric 225/70-15
Roofs:    Coupe
Diagnostics:   
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  40,274
MSRP Base price:  $9,352
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR CPE8,75012,00019,500
Corvette 2 DR CPE L-8210,00014,70021,400
Corvette 2 DR CPE Pace Car13,50018,60031,900
Corvette 2 DR CPE Pace Car L-8215,80022,40036,000
 




1979   Crossed flag emblems returned to the nose and sides of the Corvette in 1979.

  1979 the fuel tank was changed to 24 gallons.
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 195hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:   Metric 225/70-15
Roofs:    Coupe
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  53,807
MSRP Base price:  $10,220
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR CPE L-8211,30015,00021,900
Corvette 2 DR SPT CPE9,30012,85020,200
 




1980   By Federal mandate, the 1980 Corvette was the first Corvette to have a speedometer with an upper limit of only 85 MPH.
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 190hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  13 digits - Yr. 6th
Tire size:   Metric 225/70-15
Roofs:    Coupe
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  40,614
MSRP Base price:  $13,140
  
Jan-April-10LowMiddleHigh
Corvette 2 DR CPE9,70013,65021,200
Corvette 2 DR SPT CPE L8211,65015,40022,700
 
     




1981   Due to tougher emission standards, Corvettes bound for California were fitted with 305 cubic inch engines.

 The 305 cubic inch V-8 installed in 1980 California-bound Corvettes was the first Corvette engine to be monitored by a computer.

 There were no optional Corvette engines in 1981.

 The 1981 Corvette had two cooling fans to increase engine power.

 In 1981, Corvettes were produced with two different types of paint. Lacquer was applied at the St. Louis plant, and enamel was applied at the new Bowling Green plant.

 1981 the first Corvette to use a computer.

CONS:

  If the computer is removed, the carburetor will default to rich and making you fail inspection.

  The electric radiator fan will not work ???

  Flowmaster mufflers stated:  Older catalytics have a very restrictive air flow.  Putting in a whole new system from exhaust manifold to tailpipe including new catalytic will give you 20-25 more horsepower. 
Installing a H pipe between the two exhaust pipes will improve the horsepower, scavenging of the gases, and the sound because each pipe will only have sound from 4 cylinders.
Class:  C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  L81 350ci, 190hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits: 17 digits
Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric 225/70-15
Roofs:    Coupe
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  40,606
MSRP Base price:  $16,259
  
Corvette 2 DR CPE11,70015,90025,400
Corvette 2 DR SPT CPE L8213,95018,50027,200
   




1982   In 1982, console mounted clocks were quartz units and had the word "QUARTZ" printed on the face, while the 80-81 years did not.

  In 1982 fuel injection reappeared in the Corvette after a 17-year hiatus.

 For the first time since 1954, in 1982 you could not order a Corvette with a manual transmission.

 The fuel injection for 1982 was 'cross fire injection' (manifold) injection NOT tuned port.
Class: C3 - 68-82
Base engine:  350ci, 200hp
C3 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits -Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric 225/70-15
Roofs: 
Collector edition  
Coupe
Hatchback
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up Vacuum
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  25,407
MSRP Base price:  $18,290
  
Corvette 2 DR CPE10,20013,80021,500
Corvette Collector Edition12,75018,10025,900





1983   47 Vettes were produced but none sold!
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric 225/70-15
Roofs:     
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  47
MSRP Base price:   
  




1984   All 1984-1996 Corvette wheels have 5 bolts and the bolt circle diameter is 4.75"

 The 1984 Corvette had the steepest windshield rake angle of any previous American production automobile at 64 degrees.

 A single transverse plastic front and rear spring first made it's appearance on the 1984 Corvette.
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 205hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric 225/70-15
Roofs:    Hatchback
Diagnostics: 
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  51,547
MSRP Base price:  21,800
  
Corvette 2 DR Hatchback CPE6,27510,60013,850
 




1985   The L98 engine made its debut in 1985 offering a horsepower increase from 205 to 230 plus a gain in fuel economy due in part to new Bosch fuel injection with tuned runners.

 With the CB craze dwindling, the last year a CB radio was offered as a Corvette option was 1985. Only 16 Corvettes were so equipped.

 Cross Fire Injection was used only 2 years 1982 and 1984 and in 1985 it was replaced with tuned port.
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Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 230hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric 225/70-15
Roofs:    Hatchback
Diagnostics:  The Assembly Line Communication Link (ALDL) connector is used. 1985 codes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  39,729
MSRP Base price:  24,403
  
Corvette 2 DR Hatchback CPE6,32510,65013,950
   




1986   Suppose to be 1st year ragtop was availables again.
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 230hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric 225/70-15
Roofs:   Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  The Assembly Line Communication Link (ALDL) connector is used. 1986 codes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  35,109
MSRP Base price:  27,027
  
Corvette 2 DR Conv Pace Car.
All Corvettes Conv were considered pace car models
6,90012,50018,900
Corvette 2 DR Hatchback CPE6,40010,75013,950





1987   Corvette's first for the roller valve lifters?

 In 1987 you could buy a Corvette without an engine installed by the factory.

  1987 was the first year you could order 6 way power seats (both driver & passenger sides)
 RPO B2K made it's first appearance on the option list in 1987, affording the opportunity for 184 lucky buyers to place orders for a Callaway Twin-Turbo Corvette through participating Chevrolet dealers at $19,995 each (plus $20,007 for the Coupe base price).

 Corvettes have always been prime targets for car thieves, so a novel anti-theft system was introduced for the 1986 'vette. Embedded in each key was an electrical resistor whose value acted like a code. If the car did not read the correct code, starting was disabled and a built in delay prevented a restart attempt for two minutes.
 
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 240hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric 225/70-15
Roofs:   Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  The Assembly Line Communication Link (ALDL) connector is used. 1987 codes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  30,632
MSRP Base price:  27,999
  
Corvette 2 DR Conv6,57511,10016,300
Corvette 2 DR Hatchback CPE6,47510,85014,150





1988    In 1988, Corvette started using a unidirectional 17" wheel.
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 245hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  Metric
Roofs: Standard: 
Optional:
Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  The Assembly Line Communication Link (ALDL) connector is used. 1988 codes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  22,789
MSRP Base price:  29,489
  
Corvette 2 DR Conv6,72511,20016,500
Corvette 2 DR CPE 35th Anniversary9,20012,70022,200
Corvette 2 DR Hatchback CPE6,52511,05014,200





1989   The FX3 adjustable suspension option, permitting shock valving changes via a rotary dial mounted on the interior console between the seats, was first introduced in 1989.

 The big news for 1989 was the completely new six speed manual transmission.
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 240/245hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric P275/40ZR17
Roofs: Standard: 
Optional:
Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  The Assembly Line Communication Link (ALDL) connector is used. 1989 codes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  26,412
MSRP Base price:  31,545
  
Corvette 2 DR Conv5,92510,40016,900
Corvette 2 DR Hatchback CPE5,82510,20014,550
 

.....




1990   The long awaited, high performance ZR-1 option package was finally publicly available in 1990.
  It included special rear body panels and an all aluminum small block designated the LT5, producing 375 hp.
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 245/250hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric P275/40ZR17
Roofs: Standard: 
Optional:
Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  Climate control unit codes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  23,646
MSRP Base price:  31,979
  
Corvette 2 DR Conv6,00010,50017,000
Corvette 2 DR Hatchback CPE5,90010,30014,650
Corvette ZR1 2 DR CPE12,95020,70030,900
   




1991   The last year for the Callaway twin turbo option was 1991, selling 62 units at $33,000 each. In comparison, the ZR-1 option was a bargain at "only" $31,683.
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 245/250hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric P275/40ZR17
Roofs: Standard: 
Optional:
Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  Climate control unit codes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  20,639
MSRP Base price:  32,455
  





1992   1992 saw the rebirth of the legendary LT1 small block engine as a 300 hp motor with reverse flow cooling and two valves per cylinder.

 July 2nd, 1992 marks the day when the one millionth Corvette, a white convertible, rolled off the assembly line.
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 300hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric P275/40ZR17
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  Climate control unit codes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  20,479
MSRP Base price:  33,635
  





1993   A special 40th anniversary model was released for 1993 with one year only Ruby Red exterior and interior colors.

 The ZR-1 horsepower rating rose to 405 hp for 1993, but the option cost was held to 1992's $31,683.

  Should be the last year for R12 Freon.
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 300hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:   Metric P275/40ZR17
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  Climate control unitcodes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  21,590
MSRP Base price:   
  
Corvette 2 DR Conv6,00010,50017,000
Corvette 2 DR Hatchback CPE5,90010,30014,650
Corvette ZR1 2 DR CPE12,95020,70030,900
   




1994   1994 The Corvette was first produced with dual air bags.

 The cockpit of Corvette was transformed for 1994 with a new single-piece instrument panel, a front-passenger air bag, and new door panels.

 Both the standard and Sport seats were also restyled, and leather seats became standard equipment.

  R12 Freon was banned in 1994.  Conversion kits are available at automotive stores.  Check notes on how to and what to change.

  This is the first year the system should be using the R134A Freon.
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 300hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P255/45ZR17
ZR1 Special
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  Climate control unit codes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  23,330
MSRP Base price:   
  





1995   Windshield wiper arms were redesigned with revised contact angles and higher contact force to reduce chatter at all speeds, and lift at high speeds. 

  1995 and up requires Freon R134A.
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 300hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P255/45ZR17
ZR1 Special
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  Climate control unit codes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  20,742
MSRP Base price:  $43,665 Automatic Trans
  
Corvette 2 DR Conv Pace Car17,70022,70035,300





1996   For 1996, LT1 engines required automatic transmissions. The ZF 6-speed was mandatory with the 330 HP LT4 engine option.

 The 1996 LT4 exhaust system differs from the LT1 system in that it incorporates a balance tube designed to reduce vibration and noise levels.

 In early production 1996 Grand Sports models, there is a small area behind the hatch roof and in front of the panel that attaches to the rear window that is taped, not painted. The tape is 1 inch long and about 18 inches wide whose purpose was to eliminate a problem area in the paint booth during manufacturing.

 Besides the 1990-1995 ZR-1, the 1996 Grand Sport was the only Corvette ever built with a unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) sequence, separate from all other regular production Corvettes of that year.

  1996 marked the end of the 4th generation Corvette.

 ODBD-2 Standard on Jan 1, 1996.
Class:  C4 - 83-96
Base engine:  350ci, 300hp
C4 Engine options
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P255/45ZR17
ZR1 Special
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  Climate control unit codes

ODBD-2
1996-2003 codes
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  34,360
MSRP Base price:  $37,225
  
Corvette 2 DR Conv Collectors Edition14,20018,10027,100
Corvette 2 DR Conv Grand Sport21,40027,80039,400
Corvette 2 DR CPE Collectors Edition12,10015,10022,900
Corvette 2 DR CPE Grand Sport17,80022,90034,200
     





1997  The 1997 Corvette features several first-time high tech innovations, such as black lights for the instrument panel and a "plastic" (composite) intake manifold.

 The first 200 production C5 Corvettes were painted red, not the traditional white color for the first production run.

 The 1997 Corvette is the first one designed from the ground up as a Corvette, with very little borrowing of parts from other cars. One of the few "Off the Shelf" parts are the exterior door handles which are the same ones used on the Oldsmobile Aurora.

 The first use of a transaxle in a production Corvette occurred in the '97. However, the first plans for one were in the Q-Corvette in 1958, planned for the 1960 model. Transaxles showed up in Corvette prototypes in the mid '60s in running models.

 The first 4 speed in a Corvette was built by Borg Warner in 1957. The first transaxle in a production Corvette was also built by Borg Warner, forty years later in 1997. Both were introduced late in the model year.

  Borg Warner has produced a transmission for each generation of Corvette: C1 - 1957 to 1962, C2 - 1963, C3 - 1980 to 1981, C4 - 1984 to 1988, and C5 - 1997 to 1998.

 The 1997 Corvette is the first Corvette to have windshield wipers that sweep in the same direction instead of opposing directions.

 C5 generation Corvette (1997-2004) and uses a rear-mounted transaxle configuration with a torque tube connecting the engine to the transaxle. This design necessitated a two-tank fuel tank arrangement. Each of the two 9.2 gallon tanks hang like a saddle just behind the rear passenger-compartment bulkhead. The total fuel capacity is 19 gallons, the extra capacity being contained in the filler neck and equalizer tube.

   Replacing side mirror on a 97.
Class:  C5 - 97-04
Base engine:  350ci, 345hp
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/45ZR17/LL 89Y
Roofs:    Hatchback
Diagnostics:  ODBD-2
1997 codes
Instructions
C5 codes & Tech info
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  9,752
MSRP Base price:  $37,495
  
www.motortrend.com/roadtests/112_9702_1997_chevrolet_corvette/Index.html





1998   The first Corvette to sport a real trunk since 1962 again appeared with the 1998 Corvette convertible.
Class:  C5 - 97-04
Base engine:  350ci, 345hp
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/45ZR17/LL 89Y
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  ODBD-2
1998 codes - Instructions
C5 codes & Tech info
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  31,084
MSRP Base price:  $37,995
  
www.motortrend.com/roadtests/112_9710_1998_chevrolet_corvette_convertible/Index.html
Corvette 2 DR Conv Pace Car21,40026,10034,800
    




1999   For the first time in history, the 1999 Corvette is available in three distinct body styles... Coupe, Convertible, and Hardtop (aka, "Fixed Roof Coupe").

 The performance axle ratio for C5 Corvettes with automatic transmission is 3.15:1 (the standard ratio is 2.73:1).

 The new hardtop retails for $38,777, the coupe starts at $39,171 and the convertible goes for $45,579.

 Air conditioning systems were revised to use R-134A refrigerant, a non-ozone depleting CFC substitute.
Class:  C5 - 97-04
Base engine:  350ci, 345hp
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/45ZR17/LL 89Y
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  ODBD-2
1996-2003 codes
C5 codes & Tech info
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  18,118
MSRP Base price:  $38,591
  
   




2000  
Class:  C5 - 97-04
Base engine:  350ci, 345hp
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/45ZR17/LL 89Y
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  ODBD-2
1996-2003 codes
C5 codes & Tech info
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:  33,682
MSRP Base price:  $38,895
  
www.motortrend.com/features/archive/112_0008_2000_chevy_corvette/Index.html





2001   2001 will forever be remembered as the year the Z06 performance hardtop was introduced with its 385HP LS6 engine and 6 speed manual transmission.

 Corvette's use of a titanium exhaust for the Z06 was the first ever for a mass production automobile.

 Active Handling became standard equipment in 2001.
Class:  C5 - 97-04
Base engine:  350ci, 345hp
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/45ZR17/LL 89Y
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  ODBD-2
1996-2003 codes
C5 codes & Tech info
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:   
MSRP Base price:  $39,830
  





2002   The 2002 Corvette featured an upgraded 405HP LS6 engine for the Z06.

 The 2002 Z06 windshield was thinner than that used in the coupe models, shaving 2.65 pounds per car. The lighter windshield was shared with convertibles equipped with the Heads Up Display (HUD) option, which was standard on 2002 Z06 models.
Class:  C5 - 97-04
Base engine:  350ci, 345hp
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/45ZR17/LL 89Y
Z06 special
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  ODBD-2
1996-2003 codes
C5 codes & Tech info
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:   
MSRP Base price:  $39,830
  
www.motortrend.com/roadtests/112_0202_2002_chevrolet_corvette_z06/Index.html





2003  
Class:  C5 - 97-04
Base engine:  350ci, 345hp
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/45ZR17/LL 89Y
Z06 special
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  ODBD-2
1996-2003 codes
C5 codes & Tech info
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Fake dual exhaust
Total made:   
MSRP Base price:   
  
www.motortrend.com/roadtests/tuners/112_0304_2003_guldstrand_chevrolet_corvette/Index.html





2004   2004 marks the last of the extremely successful fifth generation Corvette.
Class:  C5 - 97-04
Base engine:  350hp - 5.7 liter
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/45ZR17/LL 89Y
Z06 special
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  ODBD-2
C5 codes & Tech info
Headlights:  Pop-up
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  34,064 (16,165 Coupes, 12,216 Convertibles, 5,683 Z06 Hardtops)
MSRP Base price:  Coupe ($43,735), Convertible ($50,735), and Z06 hardtop ($51,585).
  




2005   2005 marks the introduction of the sixth generation Corvette... the C6.

  A major styling change for the C6 Corvette is non-pop up headlights... not seen on a Corvette since 1962.

 By 2005 HID (High Intensity Discharge) Xenon headlight technology made possible effective, low profile lamps that allowed designers the flexibility of a nicely integrated lighting system. The high beams were a tungsten-halogen projector lens.

  The base engine for the 2005 Corvette was the 400 HP LS2, only 5 HP less than the LS6 engine of the previous year's high performance Z06 model.

  2005 was the first year for keyless access and start.

 The Convertible model was a late introduction in 2005 with no Z06 available this year.
Class: C6 - 05-up
Base engine:  LS2 - 400hp
Vin # digits: 17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/40ZR18/LL 88Y
Z51 special
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  ODBD-2
2005 DTC codes  
Headlights:  Integrated (First year)
Gas: Unleaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:   
MSRP Base price:   
  
www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_0409_2005_chevrolet_corvette_z51/Index.html
 




2006   2006 saw the re-introduction of high performance Z06 model, weighing only 3132 pounds with a 427 cubic inch dry sump engine producing 505 HP.

 A six-speed paddle shift automatic transmission was introduced as an option in 2006.
Class:  C6 - 05-up
Base engine:  LS2 - 400hp
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/40ZR18/LL 88Y
Z06 special
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  ODBD-2
2006 DTC codes
Headlights: 
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:   
MSRP Base price:   
  
www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_0510_2006_chevrolet_corvette_z06/Index.html
 




2007   New keyless access transmitter with integrated mechanical key.

 Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic, a popular color choice in 2005 & 2006, was was replaced by Atomic Orange in 2007, an extra cost color choice.

 Two special editions were introduced for the 2007 model year... the Arctic White Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Z06 (399 built) and an Indy Pace Car replica convertible in Atomic Orange (500 built).
Class:  C6 - 05-up
Base engine:  6.0 liter
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/40ZR18/LL 88Y
Z06 special
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  OODBD-2
2007 DTC codes
Headlights: 
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:   
MSRP Base price:   
  





2008   ODBD-2 -- The CAN (Controller Area Network) protocol is the next generation protocol for OBDII. All vehicles manufactured and sold in the USA after January 1st 2008 must be CAN compliant.

 Jetstream Blue Metallic was announced as a new exterior color option for the 2008 model year, also avaiable on the Z06.

  For 2008, a 427-Limited Edition Z06 was made available in Crystal Red Metallic paint with all 505 units hand signed by retiring Corvette Assembly Plant Manager, Wil Cooksey.

  iPod/MP3 jack included on all sound systems except navigation.
Class:  C6 - 05-up
Base engine:  LS3 6.2L
376ci 430hp
Aluminum block
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/40ZR18/LL 88Y
Z06 special
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:  ODBD-2
2008 DTC codes
Headlights: 
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:   
MSRP Base price:   
  
 




2009   The total 2009 Corvette production run of only 16,956 cars was the lowest since 1962's production run of 14,531 units (not counting 1997's run of 9,752 cars due late introduction of the new C5).

  The 2009 ZR1 was the first 200+ mph production Corvette ever made.

  The 2009 ZR1 was the first production Corvette ever built with a roots-type supercharger as standard equipment, developing 630 horsepower.

 The 2009 ZR1 was the first production Corvette to retail for over $100,000.

  The 2009 ZR1's LS9 engine develops 630 horsepower but actually has less displacement than the Z06's 505 hp LS7 engine (376 vs 427 cubic inches).

 In 2009 consumers had their choice of nine different Corvette configurations including coupe, convertible, Z06, ZR1, Competition Sport, and GT1 Championship editions.
Class:  C6 - 05-up
Base engine:   
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  P245/40ZR18/LL 88Y
Z06 special
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:   
Headlights: 
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust: 
Total made:  16,956
MSRP Base price:   
  
www.automobilemag.com/reviews/chevrolet/0802_2009_chevrolet_corvette_zr1/Index.html





2010   2010 saw the return of the legendary Grand Sport model nomenclature but with much less exclusivity than the 1996 limited edition of only 1,000 special VIN-sequenced, uniquely painted blue & white cars.

  The 2010 Grand Sport option replaced the Z51 performance handling model nomenclature but with much less exclusivity than the 1996 limited edition which featured 1,000 special VIN-sequenced, uniquely painted blue & white cars.

 The 2010 Grand Sport model features the base LS3 engine but is equipped with the wide body panels, larger wheels/tires, and other parts derived from the Z06.

 The base model gets a revised 6A paddle shift control and launch control is standard with 6M.

Class:  C6 - 05-up
Base engine:  6.2 Liter
Vin # digits:  17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:  275/35R18 87Y; 335/30R19 94Y Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar
Roofs:    Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:   
Headlights: 
Gas:  Premium unleaded fuel 91
Exhaust: 
Total made:   
MSRP Base price:  53,580
  
First Test: 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_0911_2010_chevrolet_corvette_grand_sport_test/Index.html
 



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2011   190 mph on the track, 26 MPC on the highway. Corvette has always offered performance extremes. Even better, at 26 MPG highwayO). it does it all without a gas-guzzler tax. Coupe and convertible come standard with the aluminum-block LS3 V8 that delivers 430 hp or 436 hp with the available dual-mode exhaust system.

 Zero to top down in 18 seconds. Get the available power top on the convertible down quickly without ever leaving the driver seat (select models). Or you can choose a manual top that uses a single-handled double latch for easy operation.
Class:  C7
Base engine:  LS3 V8 430 hp
or 436 hp.
Vin # digits:  ???17 digits - Yr. 10th
Tire size:   
Roofs:    ???Hatchback
Convertible
Diagnostics:   
Headlights: 
Gas:  Unleaded
Exhaust:  Optional dual mode.
Total made:   
MSRP Base price:   
  







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