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Date: April 11, 2002

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Initial reaction: Near-40th color (very close to truck), Lexus-like interior (why not white-face dials?), Euro side markers (but NOT tail lamps?), Mag wheels (didn't fly the first time), a small '50' plate in the chrome (?) nose emblem (doesn't Gold signify a 50th anniversary?). . . IF this is it . . . I'll happily drive my 2000, keep my 40th, and wait for the C6. But I am getting worried: Camaro - gone, Firebird - gone, Mustangs are getting faster, and Cadillac will soon use us as their tow car. Hello? General? Is there anyone home????


Date: April 11, 2002

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Any C5 is a wonderful car, but the 5o th. just shows that GM has no interest in Corvette history or concern for loyal owners. The interior is "pretty", but is the goal here a Lexus or a Vette ?. Sorry, this car does not suggest in any way 5o years of sports car racing, drag racing, or muscle car image. I have no intention of going through with my 50 th. Anniv. order, and I suspect many others will cancel their orders. Maybe that will send a message to GM.


Date: April 04, 2002

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Well, let me get this straight: For an additional price, I can get an S-10 pickup color(U94), with the same interior as my new Tahoe(also defined as a truck). What does the "General" think it is doing? Turning America's sports car into America's truck! Pretty poor execution as an example of a truly significant anniversary IMHO.


Date: April 04, 2002

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Oops, the code is 94U, not 97U. The pics on Corvette Forum that were posted tell me GM really blew it this time. No way am I buying a 50th Ann for that color. I was going to get a vert, but the interior is a mess, again not original to Vette. What were they thinking???? Dan - help, are they nuts?


Date: April 02, 2002

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I just read that the color code for the 50th Ann is 97U - this is the same code for a dark met red, with gold flecks, that is on GMs truck line. I certainly would hate to think GM/Corvette is going to use a color available for trucks as the anniversary color! I have a deposit for a 50th ann but if that's the case, I'm cancelling. Please Mr Hill, say it ain't so!!!


Date: March 11, 2002

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An elctric fold-away hardtop such as in the 2003 Cadillac cousin whould be a nice feature on the anniversary edition.


Date: March 11, 2002

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An elctric fold-away hardtop such as in the 2003 Caddilac cousin whould be a nice feature on the anniversary edition.


Date: March 05, 2002

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Isn't the 50th Anniversary gem a diamond or is it Gold?


Date: February 27, 2002

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Supplementing my comments on January 12, 2002, I ask the question, "is the '50th' logo shown at the top of the comments page the OFFICIAL design or badge put out by the GENERAL?"


Date: February 26, 2002

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From the Dave Hill Co presentation: "It will include the obvious badges, with an upgraded interior and a innovative high tech suspension, even above that of the Z06." I wonder what this suspension is? Some type of active suspension? The 50th badged coupe/convert will have a suspension that will out perform the Z06's? Maybe this suspension is a preview of what we'll see in the C6.


Date: February 22, 2002

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It appears that some of the 2003 anniv. models are on the assembly line at BG this week. Also the evaluation models (40) are there as the production numbers on the plant's web site are changing versus the vin numbers. Little bird says that the 2003 anniv. model color is darker than magnetic red but lighter than 40th anniv. ruby red. The interior is ALL gray. Yes all gray, no black anywhere. Sunvisors are even gray, as well as dash, door panels. Logo stitched into the seats. Says it looks sharp? We will see.


Date: February 11, 2002

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From talk by Dave Hill in Colo. on Sunday. From post on Corvetteforum. The 50th Anniversary Vette will be introduced during the month of May, and be the official Indianapolis 500 pace car. The car will start being shipped 7/22/02 from the factory. The pricing of this option is not yet set, although it will not be a outlandish amount. And it will be offered for the coupe and convertible ONLY. It will include the obvious badges, with an upgraded interior and a innovative high tech suspension, even above that of the Z06. And there will not be any increase in the engines power He also said that 40 cars (50th anniversary model) will be built next week in the plant as production proving vehicles. Anybody doing a factory tour should keep their eyes open, but they've probably got them hidden from public view.


Date: February 11, 2002

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From talk by Dave Hill in Colo. on Sunday. From post on Corvetteforum. The 50th Anniversary Vette will be introduced during the month of May, and be the official Indianapolis 500 pace car. The car will start being shipped 7/22/02 from the factory. The pricing of this option is not yet set, although it will not be a outlandish amount. And it will be offered for the coupe and convertible ONLY. It will include the obvious badges, with an upgraded interior and a innovative high tech suspension, even above that of the Z06. And there will not be any increase in the engines power He also said that 40 cars (50th anniversary model) will be built next week in the plant as production proving vehicles. Anybody doing a factory tour should keep their eyes open, but they've probably got them hidden from public view.


Date: January 28, 2002

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Latest: Production will not start until October. Hard to believe because the NCM is having a celebration at the end of June. Also heard the color will be Ruby Red with Gold metalflake.


Date: January 25, 2002

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I'm hoping that the rumored Ruby Red color for the 2003 is that, only a rumor. A few weeks ago, my Dealer with whom I have placed my deposit for a 2003 model, indicated that it would look like the old '53. This would have been very nice although I understand it won't happen. If it turns out to be a Ruby Red car, I will probably wait for the C6 and keep driving my Nassua Blue '99 C5 and Goodwood Green '67 roadster in the mean time. It would seem appropriate for the folks at Chevrolet to do something really special for the 50th. A repeat of the 40th annv. color doesn't do it for me.


Date: January 23, 2002

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I think the color of a Golden Anniversary Edition should simply be: "GOLD", with the ultimate option to include a 400+ H.P., if not a Z06 package on all models. I have been waiting for the 2003 model for several years now and I've even ordered my 2003 vanity license plate. But if the color is going to be ruby (nothing against the color itself), I might as well continue driving my current C5 one additional year while waiting for the C6 due in 2004.


Date: January 23, 2002

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I think the color of a Golden Anniversary Edition should simply be: "GOLD", with the ultimate option to include a 400+ H.P., if not a Z06 package on all models. I have been waiting for the 2003 model for several years now and I've even ordered my 2003 vanity license plate. But if the color is going to be ruby (nothing against the color itself), I might as well continue driving my current C5 one additional year while waiting for the C6 due in 2004.


Date: January 23, 2002

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I asked a GM engineer about the 2003 Z06. We were standing next to a 2002 Z06 at the time. He pointed to the 2002 Z06 and said, "You're looking at it!"


Date: January 12, 2002

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"Imagination, Anticipatin', more anticipatin', dreamin', snoopin', rumorin', guessin', waitin', n'hopin'". It's apparent that we are all caught up in this quest to know the unknown, and want to somehow, move the clock fast-forward just for this ------(PASSION!!). I for one have had that feeling since my '99 fixed roof was delivered 12/15/98, at which time I placed (3) "50th Anniversary, Limited, Special Edition" (as the dealers then refered to them), site unseen orders at (3) different dealerships that week because the "rumor mill" had it that very few were going to be produced, and available only at "eligible" Dealerships!! Well, (3) years have passed, and I'm as eager as ever to obtain one, whatever and wherever available. It'll be a daily driver as is my fabulous '99, but occasionally on a nice sunny summer day or cool evening, I'll still take out my 40th Anniversary "Ruby Red" convertible and ponder the decade that has passed! As for my dream, it would be a c5/6 chassis/drivetrain under a nostalgia look -a-like '53(or '57) with just enough in-town, cruisin' power! for a 62 year old "VETTER".


Date: January 08, 2002

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I placed my order for my 50th Anniversary Edition on 28 April 2001. I have no idea what it will look like but know it will go with my collection of All Five Generations of America's Sports Car. I have a '57, '67 435 Hp Cpe, '82CE, '88 35th Anniversary, '93 40th Anniversary ZR-1, and my current driver a '99 Cpe.


Date: December 30, 2001

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A 50th anniv./all body styles equipped z06 motored w/auto or 6-spd with 50th badging or I.D. before the C-6 in possibly released in 2004 Make mine nassau blue please. P.S. make all vettes have Z06 wheels&rubber or 9.5&10.5 rims Member Blue Angels R Boyer/ nassau blue coupe Happy New Year


Date: December 18, 2001

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A Portland dealer heard the color would be the same as the 40th Anniversary w/gold accents. I personally think to copy the 40th Ann color in any way would be a big miss for Chevy. It would cheapen the 40th Ann & the 50th. I truly hope he's wrong!!


Date: December 11, 2001

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My first Vette is 01( I will keep it for life) My next one will be a 03, My dealer says I will get to order his second one....I dont care what color or anything....I just cant wait


Date: December 05, 2001

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Ruby Red With Gold meteal flake/with speical trim


Date: November 30, 2001

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I was told in July by a GM engineer that a 50th Anniversary model would not be offered in the Z06. However, he said all 2003 Corvettes would carry 50th anniversary badging of some sort. He indicated the 50th exterior color and interior color was locked-in as a package. He said it was an attractive combination, maybe a little on the understated side. He said that I wouldn't be disappointed by waiting for the 2003 Z06.


Date: November 28, 2001

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At the 2001 Bloomington Gold event, I talked to a GM engineer who was with the two 2002 Electron Blue Z06 cars in the Chevrolet tent. He made the following comments regarding management's direction to the design group about the 2003 50th anniversary project. 1. The design for the 2003 package had to be reflective of Corvette heritage and had to be readily identifiable as "Corvette." Furthermore, he said a pace car is designed to attract attention at high speed on a race track and the 2003 model would not be a "pace car design." 2. The package had to comply with current production constraints. 3. The package had to be affordable and production numbers would not be limited. Per the engineer, GM does not want to upset 50 years of loyal Corvette customers with an expensive anniversary package available in limited numbers. At the 2000 national NCRS event in Bowling Green, Will Cooksey made the following comment in an open forum meeting responding to questions about the 2003 model: "Order a red or black 2003 and you will have a rare car.


Date: November 28, 2001

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I've always thought the '53 in White with a Red interior and a Black ragtop was the defining Corvette. Because of this I have had several in this combination (including 2 C5s). I think the 1953/C1 to 2003/C5 knock off (front and back C1 on a C5 body) that has been published is a 'killer car' and would bring GREAT acceptance. Nevertheless, anything Chevrolet makes will sell with a few extra chrome badges and/or plaques. It's too bad they don't have to be a little more creative to capture the audience.


Date: November 27, 2001

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I think that the 50th year that the corvette has been here will be special . the special car will more likely be of the Z06 , with a higher horsepowered engine. somewhere around 425hp and 400ft lbs. of torque. Next the out side will change with new front end work and rearend refinements. the color will be red and white on the exterior, and red interior. showing where they started and where they have come to in the present. with badges showing from 53' to 03', 50th year .


Date: November 27, 2001

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50th Anniversary Corvette to be Ruby Red with Gold Metal Flake, Light "Doe Skin" seating surfaces with 50th embroidery, Other C6 interior changes appear, gold badges all around, Unique gold tinted rims. Available as only a C5 Coupe or Convertible Model. Front and Rear Fascia change to "Tiger Shark" styling, See Dec 2001 Corvette Fever article, page 16, 427 option costs approximately $100K and they will sell every one of them!


Date: November 27, 2001

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I've heard the 50th will be a "plain jane", nothing special, like the 40th was. Too bad, if this is true GM is really missing the point.


Date: November 23, 2001

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I saw photos in a magazine that showed a current C5 styled by the aftermarket to look like a '53, it was awesome!! But, I read were GM rejected the idea, too bad.


 

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