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2003 Corvette 50th Anniversary

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Okay, so we are talking almost 70 years ago, when 11 seconds to 60 mph was nowhere near as mind-numbingly dull as it is today, but when Chevy dropped in the new 195 hp (gross) 4.3-liter small-block for 1955 (which it briefly sold alongside the old six before going V8-only), performance improved so dramatically it underlined how slow the original inline six was. Still fitted with the Powerglide two-speed auto, the V8 hit 60 mph in 8.7 seconds, completed the standing quarter in 16.5 and topped out at 117 mph (188 km/h).

Fortunately for Corvette fans, Chevy corrected the backslide the following year. For the C3’s last season the ’82 car gained throttle body injection, then the all-new, lighter C4 motored up for 1984, delivering 60 mph in 7 seconds from its 205 hp V8, which dropped to 6.6 seconds for 1985’s 230 hp car. And Corvette performance has been getting stronger ever since. Even the base model 2021 C8 Corvette can blast to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, and the 670 hp Z06 is supposed to knock two tenths off that. How much quicker can the Corvette get? How much quicker does it need to get? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.
It also made do with a 150 hp (gross) 3.9-liter straight six because Chevy’s legendary small-block didn’t land until 1955. Zero to 60 mph took 11 seconds, the quarter mile needed 18 seconds, and it was all done by 108 mph (174 km/h), after which Road & Track noted “a slight smell of burning paint”.Which still doesn’t sound that great until you consider that in a Motor Trend comparison test between a 1959 Corvette and a Porsche 356 Speedster, the sleepy Porsche needed 15.2 seconds to hit the same marker (and was 15 seconds slower around the old 3.3-mile Riverside track).What’s the very first 1953 Corvette got in common with the latest one besides the name and a plastic skin? Neither car was, or is, available with a manual transmission. That’s not so much a problem on the current car when the two-pedal gearbox is a eight-speed dual-clutch, but the original C1 was saddled with a mandatory two-speed Powerglide.But go back in history, and there was often much more choice when it came to powertrains for Corvette buyers. One One Corvette might have looked fairly identical to another to the casual observer, but there was often a massive difference in performance depending on spec. And some of them, sorry to say, made watching paint dry seem like a shoo-in for Olympic status. Here’s our rundown of the slowest Corvettes ever built.

That was pretty strong go for the time, and by 1981 7.7 to 60 must have seemed like the kind of performance that would have your local drag strip marshals demanding you attach a chute to the back of your Corvette before staging. Because that year Road & Track’s 190 hp, four-speed test car, fitted with the no-choice 2.72:1 freeway-friendly rear cog took an interminable 17.0 seconds to wheeze its way to the end of the quarter mile having needed 9.2 seconds to reach 60 mph on the way. “The car isn’t slow, mind you,” R&T said, trying to put a brave face on things, but also highlighting how bad the performance car market was. “[It’s] among the quicker of current cars.”
Three years later, when most journalists were getting frothy over the L72 427 (7.0-liter) big block V8 and its 425 hp rating, that little old 300 hp V8 had become the base motor, and you still only got two gears if you ticked the two-pedal option. Car Life’s C3 convertible took a leisurely 8.3 seconds to greet 60 mph, compared to 5.7 seconds for the manual-equipped 427 the magazine tested the same month.

What is the slowest year Corvette?
Here’s our rundown of the slowest Corvettes ever built.1953-54 Corvette – 0-60 mph 11.0 seconds.Related: First 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Sells For Record-Breaking $3.6 Million At Auction.1966 Corvette – 0-60 mph 8.3 seconds.1981 Corvette – 0-60 mph 9.2 seconds.
Judged purely on power, the lowest of the C3 Corvette’s low points would seem to be the 1975 base model pictured above, which, strangled by a single exhaust, made just 165 hp (net). But helped by a 2.73:1 rear axle ratio clearly designed for intergalactic space travel that enabled the automatic Vette stretch all the way to 62 mph (100 km/h) in the first of its three gears, the C3 managed a surprisingly respectable 7.7 seconds to 60 mph.Up until the early 1970s the general trend was that new Corvettes would be faster than the ones they replaced. Though curb weights crept up over the years, so did power. But that all changed with the C3, which was launched in horsepower-crazed 1968 but spent most of its life as a malaise-era shadow of its former self.

The C8 Corvette is a quick car, no question. Sure, everyone’s talking about the new 670 hp Z06, but even the base C8 with 495 hp can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, meaning you’re going to need to be driving something pretty rapid to see it off from the lights.In contrast, the stock engine, which was by far the most popular version, made just 250 hp. We couldn’t find any performance numbers for that bottom-rung Vette, but Road & Track tested the next step up the ladder, the 300 hp small block, fitted with the two-speed Powerglide in 1964, and recorded zero to 60 mph in 8.0 secs and 15.2 seconds for the quarter mile. In celebration of its 50th birthday, any 2003 Corvette coupe or convertible could be ordered with the 1SC package that included special anniversary and trim. Oddly, it was not available on the Z06. And as a birthday present to buyers, Corvette made a host of options standard for the 2003 model year. Here are the specifications for the 2003 Corvette: Enthusiast-magazine testers came away duly impressed by the F55 system’s ability to maintain control and reduce ride harshness when traversing large bumps or dips at speed, and its ability to absorb pavement imperfections and eschew superfluous suspension travel without sacrificing road feel. The alternate “Sport” mode was appreciated, but its greater degree of control and subsequently harsher ride was noted to be more appropriate for running hot laps on a race track than it was in daily driving. The Magnetic Selective Ride Control’s added heft, just over 13 pounds, precluded the new system from being offered on the high-performance Z06, however, where every ounce of added weight was looked upon with disdain.

Prices went up again for 2003, partly due to the birthday trimmings and other added features. The coupe now started at $43,255, the ragtop at $49,700, the Z06 at $50,485. Despite the hikes, sales held steady on model-year production of 36,026, a slim 88-unit gain over the ’02 tally.

What color is the 2003 50th anniversary Corvette?
Anniversary Red 50th Anniversary Red [Red]
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The LS6 treatment of the trusty 5.7-liter V8 yields 405 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 400 foot-pounds of torque at 4800. It was overhauled for 2002 with hollow-stem valves, a higher-lift camshaft, a low-restriction mass-airflow sensor and a low-restriction air cleaner. (And it still has those big, bright red valve covers!) The aluminum block is designed to improve lubrication and reduce back pressure, while the heads feature refined porting and reshaped combustion chambers, fed by larger fuel injectors through a massaged composite intake manifold. The pistons are cast from stronger alloy, and their special shape helps increase the compression ratio from 10.1:1 to 10.5:1.
Powering both the coupe ($41,680) and convertible ($48,205) is the 350-horsepower 5.7-liter LS1 V8, which meets California’s Low Emissions Vehicle standards. An automatic transmission is standard; a six-speed manual ($915) is optional.The Z06 is more than a hopped-up model; it’s a vastly different animal. It was intended as a street racer with track capabilities, Chevrolet’s one-up response to Ford’s Mustang Cobra R. The designation Z06 has a rich history, dating back to the 1963 split-window Sting Ray, when the Z06 was a pure road-racing package. (The Z comes from Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Corvette’s famous first chief engineer.) Chevrolet has revived the Z06 designation for this more-than-worthy successor. Only now it’s a separate model, not an option package.The Z06 hardtop has modest mesh air intakes in the nose and wedge-shaped mesh cooling inlets for the rear brakes, located on the rocker panels just aft the doors. It also has open five-spoke aluminum wheels affording a view of big red brake calipers, and four 3.5-inch exhaust tips under the center of the rear bumper. The 17-inch-diameter front wheels are 9.5 inches wide, while the 18-inch rears are 10.5 inches wide. They carry massive and exclusive Goodyear F1 Supercar rubber, P265/40ZR up front, P295/35ZR out back. There is no spare, nor are the tires run-flat units; instead, you get an emergency tire-inflator kit. So take your cell phone and try not to run over any nails.

How many 2003 50th anniversary Corvettes were made?
2003 Corvette SpecificationsOptionProductionPricePreferred Equipment Group (convertible)6,6431,200.0050th Anniversary Edition (hatchback)4,0855,000.0050th Anniversary Edition (convertible)7,5475,000.00Commemorative Edition (convertible)2,6593,700.00
A number of great sports cars sell in this price range, but the Corvette really does not have any direct competitors. The similarly priced BMW Z3, Porsche Boxster and Mercedes-Benz SLK all operate at a more modest pace. When it comes to pavement-ripping prowess per dollar, nothing can match the Corvette’s power and grip.

Is the 2003 Corvette good or bad?
Chevrolet’s 2003 Corvette earned an outstanding 4.9/5 score from Edmunds due to its above-par performance and surprising utility for a sports car. The 2003 Corvette is an excellent choice for those wanting to celebrate the model’s long history or anyone after a sports car while on a budget.
It’s hard to believe, but Chevrolet’s fiberglass flyer turned 50 this year. That’s half a century as America’s premier sports car. Many Corvette owners have been attending events to celebrate. For most of those 50 years, the Corvette has been America’s only true sports car, that is, the only U.S. production two-seater capable of real race-track performance.The coupe comes with a body-colored removable roof panel as standard equipment; a translucent plastic panel is an option. The coupe’s rear window opens like a hatchback. The hardtop and convertible have trunks. The Z06’s top is fixed, for maximum rigidity.

Dodge Viper rivals and surpasses the Corvette’s dynamic capabilities, but it is a more highly focused car and costs considerably more. When it comes to civilization and comfort, the Corvette wins hands down. To get a similar blend of comfort and true sports-car performance, you’ll find yourself in a Porsche store looking at 911s. But the 911 can’t compete with the Corvette’s price.
Ride quality is decidedly stiff. You don’t get a sports car’s ability to change directions without snubbing body roll and limiting up-and-down suspension motions, and when you do those things you’re obliged to accept some tradeoff in comfort. Potholes are easily identifiable in the Corvette. Yet they are not uncomfortably harsh. You hear them and feel them, but they aren’t jarring, and they don’t unduly upset the handling balance.

Automatic or stick, the C5 is fast traffic. It’s quick at the starting gate, beautifully balanced, surprisingly comfortable, and built to a far higher standard than any Corvette in history. While we prefer the six-speed, we have to admit that the automatic rams its shifts home with authority, and there’s enough muscle in the LS1 V8 to cover the performance penalties associated with auto-shifters. Miss one shift with the manual the and the automatic in the lane next door will clean your clock.From a handling and acceleration standpoint, it’s tough to perceive any performance distinctions between the coupe and convertible. Chevrolet claims that the structural design for the C5 began with the convertible, and as a consequence no shoring-up measures were required for the soft-top chassis. You hear the same song from almost every purveyor of convertibles, but in this application it seems to be true. Significantly, we didn’t see a hint of cowl shake, the time-honored malady of convertibles (wherein the dashboard and the outside of the car oscillate at different rates). If there is any distinction to be made between the agility and stability of the Corvette coupe and convertible, it would be all but impossible to discern on public roads.

The Z06 hardtop adds a head-up instrument display, titanium exhaust, a tire inflator kit for its Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, and forged alloy wheels. The six-speed manual is the only transmission offered.
While the Corvette’s basic concept remains the same as it was in 1953 (a two-seat plastic-bodied all-American sports car), the C5 shares almost nothing with previous-generation models. The wheelbase is longer, the track is wider, structural rigidity is far greater, and there are far fewer pieces in the whole assembly, which improves rigidity and quality. The C5 rides vastly better, and performs far better than any previous Corvette, including the fourth-generation (1984-96) Corvette.Standard on the Anniversary Edition, and optional on coupes and convertibles, is Magnetic Selective Ride Control, which provides continuously variable suspension damping without electro-mechanical valves or any small moving parts at all. Instead, the system relies on Magneto-Rheological (MR) fluid in the shock absorbers and an electromagnetic coil inside the shock-absorber pistons. Varying the current to the coil instantly changes the viscosity of the MR fluid. This in turn allows the system to continuously adjust the shock rates, providing a quieter, flatter ride with more precise, responsive handling, particularly during sudden high-speed maneuvers. On bumpy or slick surfaces, Magnetic Selective Ride Control integrates with the Corvette’s standard traction control to maximize stability; it also communicates with the anti-lock brakes.

Is the 50th anniversary Corvette a C5?
And now in the first years of the 21st Century Chevrolet celebrates the Corvettes five decades with a special edition 50th Anniversary model which is available in both hatchback Coupe. And convertible
The Z06 hardtop has modest mesh air intakes in the nose and wedge-shaped mesh cooling inlets for the rear brakes, located on the rocker panels just aft the doors. It also has open five-spoke aluminum wheels affording a view of big red brake calipers, and four 3.5-inch exhaust tips under the center of the rear bumper. The 17-inch-diameter front wheels are 9.5 inches wide, while the 18-inch rears are 10.5 inches wide. They carry massive and exclusive Goodyear F1 Supercar rubber, P265\/40ZR up front, P295\/35ZR out back. There is no spare, nor are the tires run-flat units; instead, you get an emergency tire-inflator kit. So take your cell phone and try not to run over any nails. In addition to its special colors, the 50th Anniversary Editions feature a color-coordinated instrument panel, Champagne-painted wheels, embroidered badges on the seats and floor mats, padded armrests and grips on the inner door panels, and a Shale top for the convertible. Race fans may recognize the package, which was previewed on the ‘Vette that paced the 2002 Indianapolis 500. The hardtop presents a different profile from the coupe. The hardtop roofline is actually more coupe-like than the coupe’s, whose hatchback glass slopes more steeply. Other visible differences between the coupe and hardtop are subtle, starting with tidy Z06 emblems on each side of the hardtop.This remains true on the racetrack. We found the Z06 to be rock-steady, precise, consistent, and fast at a 2.2-mile circuit near Las Vegas. This car proved to be an absolute joy to drive fast. The brakes didn’t fade. The transmission and shift linkage were sol

The Z06 weighs 128 pounds less than the C5 coupe, even though it offers similar creature comforts, including leather, air conditioning, carpeting, a premium sound system, traction control and stability control. Using thinner glass, a titanium exhaust system and less insulation saves the weight. Don’t bother arguing that insulation is a creature comfort; with a car like this, noise and spiritual comfort level are intertwined. Ask anyone who’s driven a noisy racecar.With its thick hindquarters and Acura NSX-like front fenders, the styling of the C5 Corvette has been controversial. We find the rear end reminiscent of the IMSA GTP Corvettes of the late ’80s, and we think the flowing front fenders are handsome when viewed either from outside or behind the wheel. The convertible version looks graceful when the top is down. C5 Corvettes come with comfortable cabins, something that wasn’t always true of previous-generation models. Low doorsills and narrow side rails make getting in and out easier than before, and there’s more room for both driver and passenger. There’s also a real trunk; arriving at the airport after a trip halfway around the world, we were able to cram two huge duffel bags into a coupe. The other major improvement is the elimination of the rattles and stress squeaks that have haunted Corvettes for so long. The C5’s handsome analog gauges are easier to use and more satisfying than the old digital displays. Chevrolet’s second-generation Active Handling is standard equipment; it’s a magical system that gets you out of slides before trouble strikes by applying braking to the individual corners as needed. It uses on-board sensors to measure yaw, lateral acceleration and steering wheel position, then brings into play the capabilities of Corvette’s standard ABS and traction-control systems to smoothly help the driver maintain control when the chassis would rather oversteer or understeer. Some such systems have been criticized lately for their eagerness to aggressively assist before the driver wants or needs assistance. Corvette engineers say that they’ve carefully calibrated this system to limit such intrusiveness. Aside from an “Active Handling” message on the instrument panel, drivers might not even realize they’ve been assisted.Standard equipment includes dual-zone climate controls, fog lamps, sport seats, four-wheel-disc brakes with ABS, a driver information center, remote keyless entry, stainless steel exhaust with chromed quad outlets, retractable headlights, Bose speakers, 6-way power seats with leather upholstery, extended-mobility (run flat) Z-rated tires, traction control with Active Handling, and cast alloy wheels. The coupe comes with a parcel net and luggage shade. Child Restraint Attachment System (CRAS) hooks have been added to the passenger seat for 2003. Don’t forget that the passenger-side air bag must be manually shut off while carrying children.

How much horsepower does a 2003 Corvette LS1 have?
350 horsepower Even the base-level LS1 V8 engine is potent. It produces 350 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque with the six-speed transmission, and 360 pound-feet with the automatic.
The Corvette has endured because it has always represented real performance value. We realize “value” may not be the first word that springs to mind when looking at a $50,000 sticker. But this fifth-generation Corvette (sometimes called the C5) delivers a combination of acceleration and handling matched only by the Dodge Viper, Porsche 911 and various exotics, all of which are far more expensive.Unlike most ragtops, the Corvette convertible weighs about the same as the coupe, so its acceleration is undiluted: 0-to-60 mph in less than 5 seconds with the six-speed manual transmission, about 0.4 seconds slower with the automatic. The only performance penalty that goes with the convertible version is top speed. The ragtop doesn’t share the coupe’s aerodynamic efficiency, so it tops out at a mere 162 mph versus 175 mph for the coupe. Put the top and there’s even more drag and a correspondingly lower top speed. Still, that kind of speed will get you to the drive-in in a pretty big hurry, and in the local slammer even faster.Changes made last year (2002) included revised rear shock valving and new high-performance front brake pads. New aluminum front stabilizer-bar links were added for Z06s, and coupes and convertibles with the Z51 suspension package. All Corvettes with automatics got a new aluminum transmission cooler case.

Even the base-level LS1 V8 engine is potent. It produces 350 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque with the six-speed transmission, and 360 pound-feet with the automatic.
The convertible top stows neatly under a flap that folds flat at the forward edge of the trunk lid. You’ll need to read the owner’s manual to figure out how to use it, however. The top is made of high-quality material and the rear window is glass. The top seals well; we found no leaks in our car-wash test, nor in our high-speed wind test.

Even with the base suspension settings, responses are surgically precise if you can imagine a surgical instrument with 350 horsepower and great gobs of torque. The Corvette offers sharp reflexes while driving down rural roads. It provides a superb blend of muscle and finesse, with a high tolerance for mistakes of the enthusiastic variety. Its brakes are nothing short of race-worthy.I am trying to sell it and want to be sure I list it right. Would I be able to say its a 50th Anniversary ed? I just wouldn’t be able to say it was a 50th Anniversary Special Edition.

How much is a 2003 50th anniversary Corvette worth?
VIN Decoder **Figure based on a stock 2003 Chevrolet Corvette 50th Anniversary valued at $28,800 with ON rates with $100/300K liability/UM/UIM limits.
exactly correct. i have 2 vettes a triple ruby 40th anniversary edition convertible. it has the exterior 40th anniv badging, sport seats and ruby center caps on the wheels . in 93 the seat cover manufacturer made the error of embroidering all 93 vette seat covers with 40th logo so gm decided to use them. that did not make all 93 vettes 40th anniv editions. ruby red is color specific to the 40th A.E. i also have a red 03 ragtop although the front and rear gadges indicate 50th anniversary it is to commemorate the 50th year of production. the 50th A.E. is a specific version of burgandy and has shale interior and if its a converible it has a shale top. for reference go on look up 2003 corvette convertibles theres one for sale fo 14 grand beautiful car for the dough.I have a 2003 Corvette and have been told its not a 50th Anniversary ed. Because it is not the Anniversary red. It is Torch Red and has the emblem on the hood that says Anniversary with the 50 below it. It does not have it on the top of the seat. So my question is, are all 2003 a 50th Anniversary Ed?

This is correct! To be a 50th Anniversary Edition Corvette, it must be Anniversary Red, with a shale interior, and have 50th Emblems on the front bumper, the front fenders, and the trunk, also the seats and the floor mats have the 50th Emblem embroidered with them. Otherwise, it is just a beautiful Corvette produced in 2003!
I’m ready to sell my best friends 2003 EDITION Coupe It is such a awesome machine and it is beautiful and yet it is very simple, and easy to drive. I have every single maintenance record he kept in a file. I do not want to let it go for what I see as a really give away price of $13,500, but I do no need to have the awesome EDITION Coupe since I have medical issues. Regardless, I’m going go to sell it with 68,961 miles on it, and it runs great. That special metallic gold flake red that was specifically developed in Japan for the Edition red Vette is so very nice. Enough, time to sell it ….. I have not even had a single person look at the EDITION Vette, or anyone drive it, so will let it go to the 1st person who offered to pay $13,500. It is a sad day. I’ll keep it until Tuesday or Thursday of this week since it will be raining, and I do not want to run it in the rain. I just drove it from my buddies house to my home in order to sell it. It has been in his AC’d & Heated garage since he passed in 11/25/19. SAD DAY. Cheers mates ….. dan here.Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.

I have a 1978 25th anniversary Corvette. I was tld it was also a Pace Car edition. Is this possible and what would be the value of this Corvette? It has been modified some.
The 50th anniversary special edition only came in anniversary red with stone interior, the red is deed red with gold fleck it also has a 50th emblem on both front quarter panels to indicate that it is the limited edition model. We were fortunate enough to buy one new off the show room floor in 2003. We don’t drive it very often but when we do we get a lot of looks.A 50th Anniversary Edition (RPO Z25) was offered during the 2003 model year. This code is for the. Anniversary Edition was offered with special paint and interior. All other 2003 Vettes like yours and mine are badged with 50th logos and were produced in the 50th consecutive year of vette production but they are not AE unless they came in RPO Z25. Sorry.

What's special about the 50th anniversary Corvette?
Created to celerate the Corvette’s 50th Anniversary, these limited edition cars were available in convertible, semi-convertible “coupe,” and coupe “fixed roof coupe” body styles. These cars were painted in a burgundy color known as Anniversary Red Metallic, and featured a shale colored interior.
Hi Dan, I am very sorry to hear about your friend’s passing. Do you still have the 2003 C5 50th A.E Corvette Stingray? I turn 60 in mid-August ‘20 and this is my dream car! I am willing one into my garage but first I have to will a garage! For the initial 1997 model year, the Corvette was only available as a coupe with a removable roof panel, but a convertible version soon joined the lineup for 1998 and a hardtop (also called the Fixed Roof Coupe) came in 1999. While all models (even the convertible, which was also the first Corvette to have a trunk since 1962) were stiffly constructed and had reduced squeaks and rattles compared to the C4, the rigid Fixed Roof Coupe was chosen as the basis for the Z06, named in honor of the high-performance package available on the 1963 Corvette. The Z06 was a great leap forward in speed, and really brought the Corvette onto the world stage as something that performed like a supercar at a bargain price. 0-60 could be done in less than four seconds and the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds, but the Z06 also excelled in handling and braking. With stickier tires, reworked suspension, titanium exhaust and a 385-hp (405 hp from 2002 on) version of the OHV LS instead of a heavy and complicated quad cam motor like the old ZR-1, the Z06 is still a fantastic all-around performer even today. When it came out, it was not only quicker than a Dodge Viper but also cheaper to buy. After almost 15 years with the fourth generation Corvette, GM released the most radically new version of America’s sports car since the model’s debut in 1953. The new C5 was both lighter and stiffer than the C4 thanks to hydroformed frame rails, and featured a transaxle that both improved weight distribution and freed up interior space. Drive-by-wire throttle and variable effort power steering were other new features but, most importantly, the C5 Corvette introduced the world to the all-aluminum LS V-8 engine, undoubtedly one of the best engines ever made and one that’s been used in countless engine swaps from restomods to NA Miatas and even Toyota minivans. In the C5, the LS1 was mated to a new Borg-Warner T-56 6-speed transmission, while a four-speed automatic remained available.C5s in general have been criticized for a cheap-feeling interior and some argue that the styling hasn’t aged particularly well, but as far as performance per dollar goes, a C5 Corvette is very hard to beat, whether it’s a stock version or a Z06. They’re rugged and reliable sports cars as well, although certain Z06s have suffered valve spring failure and all C5s can develop loose electrical grounds. GM also issued a recall for the steering column, which failed to unlock on some cars, but most have been fixed by now. Being the bargain performers that they are, many C5s and Z06s in particular have been driven hard and often at the track, autocross course, or just between the lights. As with any used performance car, then, it’s wise to be sure to examine maintenance records, check for crash damage and view any performance mods with a cautious eye.

The base C5, meanwhile, was initially introduced with a 345-hp version of the LS1, although this was boosted to 350 hp in 2001 thanks to an intake manifold borrowed from the Z06. Suspension options included F45 Selective Ride Control, but this was eventually replaced by Magnetic Selective Ride Control in 2003. The only suspension available on the Z06 was the race-developed FE4 suspension. The C5 also made a name for itself on the track. With three class wins at Le Mans and numerous other high-profile endurance racing victories, the C5-R was one of the most dominant GT cars of recent memory.
Your current browser is not supported by Hagerty Valuation Tools. You will still be able to use the valuation tool with limited functionality, but we recommend updating your web browser for an optimal experience.*Please note: All prices shown here are based on various data sources, as detailed in About Our Prices. For all Hagerty Insurance clients: The values shown do not imply coverage in this amount. In the event of a claim, the guaranteed value(s) on your policy declarations page is the amount your vehicle(s) is covered for, even if the value displayed here is different. If you would like to discuss your Hagerty Insurance policy, please call us at 877-922-9701.Almost a quarter million Corvettes were built from 1997 to 2004. Available performance options were more limited than in Corvettes of the past, but there are a few special limited production models that collectors do pay attention to. A 1998 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica model, of which 1,163 were built, commemorated the 1998 Corvette convertible’s choice as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500. While collectible, the purple paint, yellow wheels and yellow interior are not to everyone’s liking. 2003 was the Corvette’s 50th anniversary, so there was a special model finished in Anniversary Red Metallic and adorned with 50th anniversary badges. In 2004, a special 24 Hours of Le Mans Commemorative Edition was offered for the C5 (including the Z06), and included Le Mans Blue Metallic paint with red and silver stripes, special badging, different wheels and a carbon fiber hood for the Z06 model. 2,025 of them were built.Shop Edmunds’ car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2003 Chevrolet Corvette for sale near. Simply research the type of car you’re interested in and then select a used car from our massive database to find cheap prew-owned vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you’re interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the Used 2003 Chevrolet Corvette.

We expected a little more for a 50th anniversary model, but considering how good the Corvette is anyway, we can forgive the paint and badges job — barely.Shop with Edmunds for perks and special offers on used cars, trucks, and SUVs near Rutland, ND. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.

Most notable for 2003 is the 50th Anniversary package available on coupe and convertible models. The commemorative package includes Anniversary red exterior paint, a unique shale interior color, champagne-colored wheels and “50th Anniversary” exterior badging with matching embroidery on the headrests and floor mats. Also included in the Anniversary package (or as a stand-alone option on coupes and convertibles) is an all-new Magnetic Ride Control system that provides instantaneous shock adjustment for optimum ride quality and handling. All models also get additional standard equipment that includes sport seats, a power passenger seat, foglamps, dual-zone auto climate control and a parcel net and luggage shade on coupe models.Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they’ll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it’s true, provided you’re willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It’s also good if you’re someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

What is the top speed of a 2003 Corvette 50th anniversary?
The only performance penalty that goes with the convertible version is top speed. The ragtop doesn’t share the coupe’s aerodynamic efficiency, so it tops out at a mere 162 mph versus 175 mph for the coupe.
The Used 2003 Chevrolet Corvette is offered in the following submodels: Corvette Coupe, Corvette Convertible, Corvette Z06. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (5.7L 8cyl 4A), 2dr Convertible (5.7L 8cyl 4A), and Z06 2dr Coupe (5.7L 8cyl 6M). Pre-owned Chevrolet Corvette models are available with a 5.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 405 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2003 Chevrolet Corvette comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic, 6-speed manual.We’ll help you find great deals among the millions of vehicles available nationwide on CarGurus, and we’ll provide you with dealer reviews and vehicle history for each one. After all, over 30 million shoppers use CarGurus to find great deals on used cars and new cars in their area. And when it’s time to get rid of your old ride, sell your car simply and securely on CarGurus.

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CLASSIC.COM is a trademark of CLASSIC.COM Inc. CLASSIC.COM is an independently owned and operated business and is not affiliated with Artcurial, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company LLC, Bonhams, Bring a Trailer, Car And Classic Ltd., Cars & Bids, Clasiq Auctions, Classic Car Auctions Limited (CCA), Collecting Cars, Gooding & Company Inc, Greensboro Auto Auction Inc, Guys With Rides, Hemmings, Henderson Auctions, Historics Auctioneers, Mecum Auction Inc, Motorious, Okotoks Collector Car Auction, PCARMARKET Inc, Porsche Digital Inc, Rad For Sale, Racing Edge Projects Ltd, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, RM Auctions Inc, RM Sotheby’s, Silverstone Auctions Limited, The Collector Car Network, or Worldwide Auctioneers.The Chevrolet Corvette 50th Anniversary Edition was a special variant of the C5 Corvette that was offered for the 2003 model year. Created to celerate the Corvette’s 50th Anniversary, these limited edition cars were available in convertible, semi-convertible “coupe,” and coupe “fixed roof coupe” body styles. These cars were painted in a burgundy color known as Anniversary Red Metallic, and featured a shale colored interior. Power came from Chevrolet’s LS1 engine, which was a 5.7L V8 with 350hp that was sent to the rear wheels via a 6 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission. At the end of production for the C5 Chevrolet Corvette 50th Anniversary Edition, a total of 11,632 examples were built.

The arrival of the 2003 Chevrolet Corvette represented the culmination of fifty years of evolution for General Motors flagship automobile. It had been during the spring of 1953 that the first Corvette had been unveiled at GM’s “Motorama”.
The “50th Anniversary Special Edition” Corvette package, available only on base coupes and convertibles, consisted of a special metallic-burgundy Anniversary Red exterior with champagne colored wheels and specific “anniversary edition” badging.