The Corvette C5 was a better car across every function than its predecessor. Performance, quality, handling, packaging and functionality improved across the board, this was the best Corvette so far. The 5th generation marked the return of three distinct body styles: coupe, convertible and hardtop coupe, the latter being the basis for the Z06 track monster that was introduced in 2001.
The Corvette team was given a clean slate to design the new car, resulting in innovations like a rear mounted transaxle for better weight distribution, different diameter wheels (front/rear) and, for the first time since 1962, a trunk in the convertible and hardtop that could easily accommodate a full size golf club bag. Last but not least, the LS series of engines made their debut in the C5’s, ranging from 345HP in the base model to 405HP in the later Z06 models. Notable C5 Corvettes include the 50th Anniversary model, the 1998 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, the Fixed Roof Coupe of 1999-2000 and 24 Hours of LeMans Commemorative Edition (pictured). Production volumes were consistent at between 30,000 and 35,000 units per year during that time.