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1998 Corvette C5 Convertible Debut

1998 Corvette convertible, coupe
When Chevrolet introduced the C5 Corvette in 1997, it was under very difficult circumstances, all of which have been well documented. They did a lot, more in fact than any other Corvette generation. But they did not do everything and one element - a convertible - was missing. 1998 was the year that the C5 convertible made its appearance.
1998 Corvette - David Kimble illustration
David Kimble illustration courtesy of GM

1998 Corvette trunk 1998 Corvette - Motor Trend Car of the Year
Left: Something the world had not witnessed in 36 years - a conventional trunk on a new Corvette. It was last seen in 1962, the final year of the C1 but was now part of every convertible. The C3 and C4 convertibles had minimal storage accessed through the passenger compartment. Right: The 1998 Corvette (both coupe and convertible) was the recipient of Motor Trend magazine's "Car of the Year" award.

1998 Corvette For Sale

1998 C-5
Price: $14,800
Exterior: White
Interior: Gray
Miles: 75,000
Location: West Chester, Pa

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1998 C-5 for sale with 75,000 original miles on it. This car according to kbb would be considered in very good condition, but not excellent (more)

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The stylists went back to the Corvette roots (left, a 1958) with the "waterfall" interior in the new convertible (right). A more open effect was the result of extending the exterior into the interior, a common styling element of classic sports cars.


1998 Corvette Paces the Indy 500

Front: 1998 Corvette C5 Indy 500 pace car replica; left: 1978 Indy 500 pace car; right: 1995 Indy 500 pace car replica; rear: 1986 Indy 500 pace car replica
1998 Corvette Indy 500 pace car replica hood 1998 Corvette Indy 500 pace car replica wheel 1998 Corvette Indy 500 pace car replica decal
The Corvette was chosen as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 for the fourth time*. 1,163 pace car replicas (RPO Z4Z; $5,039.00) were sold and featured special trim. The paint scheme included graphics (hood, above left; wheels right; side, below) which could not possibly be described as subtle. The interior was black / yellow leather.

*previous years: 1978, 1986 and 1995

1998 Corvette C5 Indy 500 pace car replica side lettering

1998 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
AAB Memory Package 24,234 (77.96%) $150.00
AG2 Power Passenger Seat 28,575 (91.93%) $305.00
AQ9 Sport Seats 22,675 (72.95%) $625.00
B34 Floor Mats 30,592 (98.42%) $25.00
B84 Body Side Moldings 17,070 (54.92%) $75.00
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels (coupe) 5,640 (18.14%) $950.00
CC3 Removable Roof Panel, blue tint (coupe) 6,957 (22.38%) $650.00
CJ2 Dual Zone Air Conditioning 26,572 (85.48%) $365.00
D42 Luggage Shade and Parcel Net (coupe) 16,549 (53.24%) $50.00
F45 Selective Real Time Damping, electronic 8,374 (26.94%) $1,695.00
G92 Performance Axle (3.15 ratio for automatic) 13,331 (42.89%) $100.00
JL4 Active Handling System 5,356 (17.23%) $500.00
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission 7,106 (22.86%) $815.00
N73 Magnesium Wheels 1,425 (4.58%) $3,000.00
NG1 Massachusetts / New York Emissions 2,701 (8.69%) $170.00
T96 Fog Lamps 29,310 (94.29%) $69.00
U1S Remote Compact 12-Disc Changer 16,513 (53.12%) $600.00
UN0 Delco Stereo System with CD 18,213 (58.59%) $100.00
V49 Front License Plate Frame 16,087 (51.75%) $15.00
YF5 California Emissions 3,111 (10.01%) $170.00
Z4Z Indy Pace Car Replica ($5,804 with manual) 1,163 (3.74%) $5,039.00
Z51 Performance Handling Package 4,249 (13.67%) $350.00

Total Production: 31,084
Coupe: 19,235 (61.88%)
Convertible: 11,849 (38.12%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 346 cu. in. 345 hp engine and four speed automatic transmission: $37,495.00.
Base Corvette Convertible with 346 cu. in. 345 hp engine and four speed automatic transmission: $44,425.00.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top
10 Arctic White 3,346 (10.76%) Black / Light Gray / Light Oak / Red Black / Light Oak / White
11 Light Pewter Metallic 3,276 (10.54%) Black / Light Gray / Red Black / White
13 Sebring Silver Metallic 4,637 (14.92%) Black / Light Gray / Red Black / White
21 Pace Car Purple 1,163 (3.74%) Yellow Black
23 Nassau Blue Metallic 1,098 (3.53%) Black / Light Gray / Light Oak Black / Light Oak / White
28 Navy Blue Metallic 14 (0.05%) Black / Light Gray / Light Oak Black / Light Oak / White
41 Black 6,597 (21.22%) Black / Light Gray / Light Oak / Red Black / Light Oak / White
53 Light Carmine Red Metalli 1,567 (5.04%) Black / Light Gray / Light Oak / Red Black / Light Oak / White
58 Aztec Gold 15 (0.05%) Black / Light Gray / Light Oak Black / Light Oak / White
70 Torch Red 8,767 (28.20%) Black / Light Gray / Light Oak Black / Light Oak / White
87 Fairway Green Metallic 223 (0.72%) Black / Light Gray / Light Oak Black / Light Oak / White
95 Medium Purple Pearl Metal 381 (1.23%) Black / Light Gray / Light Oak Black / Light Oak / White

Notes: Listed are recommended color combinations but any combination was possible except for code 21.


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