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1997: A Brave New Corvette World

1997 C5 Corvette
The automotive world changed significantly during the reign of the C4 Corvette. Computers had not only become part of the cars but perhaps more importantly were being used extensively in the design and engineering process.

Performance car standards, along with customer's expectations, had changed. Until recently high performance meant comfort sacrifices. Bone rattling, noisy and uncomfortable rides was the price of speed and there was no getting around it. But technology had changed and when the latter part of the 1990s arrived, going fast did not require self imposed torture.

1997 Corvette

1997 Corvette For Sale

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Price: $25,000
Exterior: black
Interior: black
Miles: 130,000
Location: texas

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this car has many performance upgrades as well as sound system modifications. The motor is a MTI 347 Forged with 12,000 miles and 368 WHP (have dyno sheet) (more)

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The C5 was introduced in 1997. It was an entirely new car; more so than any other Corvette generation in that all major elements - the drivetrain, the chassis and the body - had not appeared before.

Something else was new: when describing the C5, road testers used the word "refined", which was not how previous Corvettes were labeled. It's not that the Corvette was going soft in its later years; the difference was in the state of the automotive art.

1997 Corvette LS1 engine
Although still classified as a "small block" about the only thing still in common with the original small block V8 installed in the 1955 Corvettes was the 4.40" bore centers and the fact that both were a two valve pushrod design. The new motor was aluminum with cast-in cylinder liners. The LS1 was designed to go 100,000 miles between major servicing - try that in 1957! It also featured a "throttle by wire" design. This meant that the customary throttle cable was eliminated and pressing what was usually known as the gas pedal actually moved a sensor that was part of the engine management computer. As of 1997, only BMW had sold a car in the US with similar technology.

The output of the LS1 was 345 hp - only 30 hp less than the ZR-1 as introduced in 1990. Engine RPM was limited to 6,000 RPM


1997 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
AAB Memory Package 6,186 (63.43%) $150.00
AG2 Power Passenger Seat 8,951 (91.79%) $305.00
AQ9 Sport Seats 6,711 (68.82%) $625.00
B34 Floor Mats 9,371 (96.09%) $25.00
B84 Body Side Moldings 4,366 (44.77%) $75.00
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels 416 (4.27%) $950.00
CC3 Removable Roof Panel, blue tint (coupe) 7,213 (73.96%) $650.00
CJ2 Electronic Dual Zone Air Conditioning 7,999 (82.02%) $365.00
D42 Luggage Shade and Parcel Net 8,315 (85.26%) $50.00
F45 Selective Real Time Damping, electronic 3,094 (31.73%) $1,695.00
G92 Performance Axle Ratio (Automatic only) 2,739 (28.09%) $100.00
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission 2,809 (28.80%) $815.00
NG1 Massachusetts / New York Emissions 677 (6.94%) $170.00
T96 Fog Lamps 8,829 (90.54%) $69.00
U1S Remote Compact 12-Disc Changer 4,496 (46.10%) $600.00
UN0 Delco Stereo System with CD 6,282 (64.42%) $100.00
V49 Front License Plate Frame 2,258 (23.15%) $15.00
YF5 California Emissions 885 (9.08%) $170.00
Z51 Performance Handling Package 1,077 (11.04%) $350.00

Total Production: 9,752
Coupe: 9,752 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 346 cu. in. 345 hp engine and four speed automatic transmission: $37,495.00.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior
10 Arctic White 1,341 (13.75%) Black / Light Gray / Red
13 Sebring Silver Metallic 2,164 (22.19%) Black / Light Gray / Red
23 Nassau Blue Metallic 292 (2.99%) Black / Light Gray / Red
41 Black 2,393 (24.54%) Black / Light Gray / Red
53 Light Carmine Red Metalli 381 (3.91%) Black / Light Gray
70 Torch Red 3,026 (31.03%) Black / Light Gray / Red
87 Fairway Green Metallic 155 (1.59%) Black / Light Gray / Red

Notes: Listed are recommended color combinations but any combination was possible.


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