1999 C5 Corvette

199 C5 Corvette

You may have seen on this website the 1968 Chevy Corvette Project of mine. It was my fathers, and I put a large amount of effort into restoring it. Shortly after getting it up and running, I asked the very reasonable question "Well, what do I do with it now that it's done and drivable?"

Come to find out... with a classic convertible car, you can't do much.

With a classic car, autocross is feasible but some groups don't allow convertibles. Track days are out without adding a rollbar which would ruin the cars value, and the drag strip is out as running 13.99 or under requires a rollbar. That limits using that old corvette to sitting around at car shows with old dudes and going to eat ice cream. I've never been much of a sunday driver, and I don't really get the point of paying to be the attraction in a car show.

In the end, it was just not the kind of car I would have ever picked up for myself, and I got pretty bored with the Classic C3 Corvette fast.

Having done motorcycle track days, I knew there was fun to be had there with the right car. So I saved my money from working a second job and treated myself to a 1999 Chevy Corvette. The 1999 C5 Corvette seemed like the best choice out there for the price. Afterall, the C5 is outfitted well enough from the factory to be a blast with great handling, a reasonable weight and a solid platform upon which to expand. Seemed like a simple enough choice!

199 C5 Corvette

I spent the better part of a month or so searching for the 1999 C5 Corvette that I wound up with. Most people wanted way more than was reasonable for their Corvettes, and the few that were reasonable had been long neglected and abused. I test drove a few C6 Corvettes, and they all had profuse leak issues and damage. Just as I was starting to lose paitenance, I finally found a 1999 Corvette in San Diego. The Corvette got a clean bill of health for an automotive shope and was so stock it still had a tape deck in it, just what I was thinking of!

I arranged a solid deal with the owner, flew down to pick it up, and the rest is history.