Everything You Want to Know About the 1997 Corvette, All in One Place.
For Corvette enthusiasts the world over, March 7, 1997, was a date that would be long remembered. After the 13-year production run of the C4, Chevrolet had declared this date as the day that the first all-new Corvette would be made available for sale to the public. Given the massive amount of fanfare that surrounded the arrival of the C5 Corvette, it was little wonder that there was such an overwhelming clamor for this amazing new variant of the legendary sports car.
The arrival of the C5 had been announced some time earlier and there had certainly been plenty of information made available to consumers and enthusiasts alike long before its actual arrival. The new Corvette was celebrated as “bringing a new level of sophistication to the franchise.” Further, it was abundantly clear that this new Corvette was truly going to be unlike anything that had ever come before it. While these types of catch-phrases were synonymous with the introduction of any new car – especially a sports car – there was a great deal of truth behind them, as would soon be discovered by the world over.”
To begin with, the C5 Corvette had a completely new look that was at once elegant, seductive, and a testament to the long lineage of sports cars that proceeded it. As was stated by Interior Designer Jon Albert, “You won’t find a car in the Corvette’s price range that provides the same level of quality, power, ride, handling, and refinement.” As Albert explained further “We designed the (C5) with a synchronous mindset. We focused on individual goals, such as improved performance, reduced mass, and increased reliability, with the overall framework of the whole car. We evaluated and balanced each charge so as to optimize the entire car.”