Corvette Of The Day: 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Commemorative Edition
The C5 Corvette, introduced in 1997, marked a significant milestone in Corvette’s history, representing a complete overhaul of America’s Sports Car. This transformation resulted in improved quality, increased power, and enhanced ride, handling, and refinement.
The C5 featured a sturdy hydro-formed perimeter frame and all-independent suspension, featuring progressive-rate transverse leaf springs, showcasing advanced engineering. Under the hood, the C5 boasted an all-aluminum LS1 346 CI V-8, a first for Chevrolet production cars, capable of reaching speeds of up to 170 MPH.
In 2004, Chevrolet introduced the Corvette Commemorative Edition. This special edition model, which was offered to consumers in all variants of the Corvette (coupe, convertible, and Z06 models), was developed to commemorate Corvette’s back-to-back LMGTS class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2002 and 2003.
Additionally, GM was preparing to introduce the sixth-generation Corvette the following year, so the team at Corvette wanted to create a car that would commemorate the final year of the fifth-generation model while also celebrating the car’s incredible accomplishments on the racetrack.
Only 2,215 Commemorative Edition Coupes were produced and all of them features Le Mans Blue metallic paint, silver front and rear commemorative badges, aluminum 5-spoke wheels with unique commemorative centers and a Shale leather interior with crossed-flag embroidery stitched into the headrests.