Lot 135 - 1997 Chevrolet Corvette C5 Targa

Lot 135 - 1997 Chevrolet Corvette C5 Targa

Lot 135 - 1997 Chevrolet Corvette C5 Targa

Lot Number 135
Registration P672 GPE
Chassis Number 1G1YY22GXV5105424
Odometer reading 66,500 miles
Result Sold - £9,240

The C5 Corvette - only the fifth incarnation of America's most popular sports car since its introduction in 1953 - was launched to rave reviews in 1997 and featured an all-new body that was both modern and much stronger than before. With a rear-mounted transaxle for the first time, the Corvette had near perfect 50:50 weight distribution and more interior space as well. The new alloy block LS1 V8, an engine Australian's have grown to love over the years, used state-of-the-art technology with a cast-alloy head and developed a massive 345bhp at 5600rpm along with 350lb/ft of torque. There was a choice of two transmissions, including GM's own electronically controlled four-speed manual or the Borg-Warner six-speed manual with a Getrag limited-slip diff. An Electronic Throttle Control system enabled a limitless range of throttle progression. The shapely and more aero coupé body featured a removable hardtop while the new twin-pod instrument panel recalled the Stingrays of the Sixties in design. Despite being larger than the previous C4 Vette, Chevrolet's engineers actually managed to shed weight through the clever use of lightweight materials and more compact LS1 engine, performance improved markedly as a result. The quarter-mile was dispatched in 13.28 seconds and 0-100km/h took just five seconds, making this one of the fastest cars on the road in 1997. The C5 Corvette was, arguably for the first time ever, a world class sports car genuinely capable of matching the best European cars on every level. Factory-backed C5-R racers took on the Porsches in major endurance races from 1999, scoring some significant wins. Today, the C5 offers unrivalled value for money in terms of looks, performance and reliability.

This superb example is presented in silver with a black leather interior. It comes with electric windows, electric seats, suede headlining, cruise control and a factory fitted Bose entertainment system with CD player. The present owner imported this Corvette in March 2022 and then set about converting the headlights to comply with UK regulation, powder coated the wheels and fitted an aftermarket Bassani exhaust system and a KNN induction air filter. Its four-speed automatic gearbox is mated to a LS1 5.7 litre Chevrolet V8 providing excellent performance. The car comes with various handbooks and Corvette wallet, Carfax information sheet which verifies its mileage, two sets of keys and a new MoT test certificate. This is a great American muscle car presented in good condition at a reasonable price.

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