Corvette Chief Engineer Dave Hill spoke at the C5
Birthday Celebration, and revealed that the three improved
1999 Corvette C5 Models would be unveiled to
the public at the 1998 NCM Labor Day event.
He told us of two new colors for the 1999 Corvette.. A Navy
Blue metallic similar to the "Camero" color or
the dark Daytona blue of the '63 Split Window, and a new "high
tech" Magnetic Red
color. The new Magnetic
Red will be a candy apple tint
type color requiring several trips to the paint shop to complete, it will
therefore be a $500 MSRP Option. Addressing the fuel pumps noise
issue, he said the fix was here, and would be retrofitted to older C5's
beginning in April. Mr.
Hill also stated a service bulletin, (83-15-02) had been
issued to dealers addressing the wind noise
problems in the C5.
The first C5
Birthday Bash at the NCM has come to a
close. H. Michael Trahan
member C5R# W0154
of Hasting MI, won the promo car cover at Saturday evening drawing. A
GREAT time was had by all. Some of the news form the celebration, came
from the man himself, Dave Hill. There will be two new
colors announced for the 1999 C5 Corvette. One, a color similar to the Daytona
Blue of the the 1963 Corvette, and a
Magnetic Red. The Magnetic
Red will be a custom "Candy
Apple" type paint requiring several trips to the paint shop.
It will therefore be a $500 RPO.
March 18, 1998
We told you about it in the November
7, 1997 Hot News.
Now, according the May 98 edition of "Corvette
Fever", Aztec Gold
made it out the door on just FIFTEEN 1998 C5s
(3 were Convertibles) before it was
discontinued for quality control reasons."Corvette
Fever" figures these will be out on the market through some
select dealers, keep your eye open for a VERY RARE
13, 1998 4:PM CST
It's and a full
moon... But GM
was notified by the decal supplier for the C5
Indy Pace Car that the
decals were applied to the last Pace Car
today. Ready for shipment back to the plant. Umm..
if you get one of the last Indy's,
you'll have to let us know if the decals are in the proper place, and right
"We hope by now most of
you have received your "Motor
Trend" (April 1998)
magazine. There is a timely article about the '99 C5
fixed-roof coupe on page 43. We would
like to clarify some of the points made. The '99 fixed-roof Coupe
will be available one of two
1. The Economy Version
will be an automatic with a single
base axle standard, 4-speaker stereo cassette,
fixed mast antenna, and 17-inch five spoke wheels
with smaller-sized tires all the way around.
2. The Kick Butt Version …the
SIX-SPEED one! …. will have available a special
performance package which includes the MN6
(6-speed), performance-handling suspension, and gives enthusiasts
back what is needed for street battle - 18"
rears and 17" fronts - same size wheels and tires presently
on the Targa and Convertible.
additional points regarding this new fixed-roof Coupe are as follows:
Stereo may be upgraded to an eight-speaker Bose
system. A 12 CD disc changer is
scheduled to be available also. Five exterior color
choices are being offered, but the interior color choice is
limited to black. The standard fabric seats may be
optioned up to leather (black only). Options NOT available include
F45 - Real Time Damping, T96
- Fog Lights, JL4 - Active Handling
Suspension, and a Power Antenna. Remember, the picture in "Motor
Trend" on page 43 is
just an artist's interpretation - and we at the C5
Registry do not believe it should be viewed as the actual
finished look of the 1999 fixed-roof Coupe. Interested?
Get with your dealer quick, supplies are
Look for a mast type radio
antenna as standard equipment on the 1999 C5
fixed roof coupe. The standard power antenna
on the Convertible or the "in glass" antenna of the Targa
will not be on the fixed roof coupe.
1, 1998 - Color
Five color choices will be offered for the new
fixed roof coupe, but the interior
choice is limited to black. Fabric interior will be
standard on the fixed roof coupe with leather as an option. Carmine
Red will be discontinued and replaced with a new color, Rumored
to be a Red
Metallic pearl type paint. A pearl
yellow color choice is also being discussed.
New options for the C5
Corvette will make their debut for the 1999 model year.
Among them will be a Telescoping
steering column, and a heads
up drivers display! Strong Rumor: Late
in the 1999 production year, the LS1
power plant for the C5 will
get a 30hp bump to 375hp.
The new LS6 engine will
follow at a later time.
In the April edition of
a well known magazine, they state: "Look for a change on the exhaust
system on the 1999 C5
fixed roof coupe". Gone will be the complicated
undersized four pipe rear system. "The
C5 Registry's guess is a re-designed and improved two pipe system",
across the board on the 2000
The last of the 1998 model Indy
will be built Friday, February 27, 1998 and will be VIN#
made the deadline!
25, 1998 - Dan's E-Mail
While downloading a large
amount of e-mail today, our leader
e-mail took a nose dive!
If you've sent mail to Dan
between 1:30 PM on February 25th, and 7:30 PM on the 9th of February and
have not yet received a reply, please mail him again firstname.lastname@example.org
February 24, 1998 -
Fixed Roof Coupe
The C5 Corvette fixed roof
coupe will be shown to the press only
at the Indy 500 on Memorial Day.
But production will not begin until August 1998,
and you probably won't see it in the dealer showrooms until September.
Look for a price tag around $32,000.
Ron from Pro Auto Tech called
us to report he had just put his Modified C5
"The Mongoose" on
the Dyno. He has 340hp at the rear wheels with 352ft/lbs.
of torque. That translates to 400hp
at the flywheel with 410ft/lbs of torque. [Click
Here For Dyno Results and Details]
February 21, 1998 - Could
be Bad News - (If you
have a Six-Speed on Order)
Chevrolet dealers Wednesday, February 18th that they
definitely are not going to be accepting any more orders for 1998
Six Speed transmissions in C5
Corvettes. - But, C5's
equipped with the Six Speed option that
have been already been ALLOCATED,
will most likely be preference and completed. Check with your Dealer or Chevrolet
Customer Center @ 1-800-222-1020, to see where
your order stands. (Have
Your Order Number Handy).
It is rumored Mag Wheels
will return as an option on the 1999 C5
Corvette. RPO JL4 (Active
Handling) will also remain an option in '99.
Total production for the 1998
Indy Pace Car replica is
confirmed at 1163 including 5
Pilot C5's for factory
use only. There are 616 MX0 Automatics and 547
MN6 Six Speeds. The brake down is 1111
domestics, 37 Exports, and 15
to Canada. Unique
Feature: Black Leather Steering Wheel and Shift Knob with
Neon Yellow Stitching. The Sport seats and the leather "Boot"
which covers the transmission shift linkage are also stitched in Neon
Here For More Information.
18, 1998 - News
on the LS6 Packaged C5
The "LS6" will be
sold as a package. Along with several other enhancements the package will
include a Six-Speed Transmission and a beefed up LS1
engine producing 400+HP.
This car is being designed as Chevrolet's Flagship car, and a replacement
for the ZR1, keeping with Corvette's tradition of being a technology and
horse power leader. The package will add about $10,000
to the price of the C5.
17, 1998 - Snakes for
division, to show what can be done with the new LS1
engine, has begun work on a "normally aspirated" LS1
powered Z-28 Camaro that will produce 540HP.
This car will feature a six-speed Transmission. The wild paint
scheme is being designed by PPg. That's
right folks! 540HP from an LS1!
Information on this car should be appearing in the August car magazines.
has developed a special wheel for the C5
Corvette.To obtain information, or purchase these wheels at a special C5
Registry Member Price, call:
Top Notch Auto Accessories at 1-800-841-5394
ask for Rob Buckalew.
Use your member
discount code that you received with your registration
packet.. (Click here to view
Track testing is complete.
Drag strip times are in and official (timeslip
available here). Mallett 435
#98-003, on its production 315/35/17 Goodyear ZR-S tires, and in full
street trim, including catalytic converters and full exhaust, ran an
uncorrected 11.996 @ 117.38
mph at the Silver Dollar Raceway in Georgia.
has a new replacement
filter for the C5 standard
air box. The K&N Part number is
33-2111. This new filter was released late in December 1997. It
is a "2nd stage " design, replacing
the "1st stage" so called design
using the old Corvette 85 to 87 filter - which had a very poor fit within
the air box.
sales (2,166 units) posted their best January in history, increasing 522
percent compared with January 1997.
Rumor: Its Rumored the LS6
will be given the model name "Super
Sport" [SS] when it comes
out late next year... Also rumored that model Year
"2000", base LS1,
HP will go up 20HP. Fact: All Indy
are scheduled to be competed by the end of February 1998. Currently
the plant is building 140 C5's
a day..with about 40 of that production being
Indy Pace Cars.
1999 Corvette C5 Hardtop
model will have 17"
tires all around and they will be an EMT tires of a non- F-1 design.
Because these tires MAY BE a
lower speed rating the factory is considering putting a speed limiter
similar to the one on the Camaro. ( We hope
they don't...this would be a Mistake! ) The base price
could be about $4000.00 lower than the Targa Coupe for 1999. They will
achieve this saving through a number of small changes in addition to the
tire change, such as cloth interior and limited color selection.
Rumor: The six speed transmission has become
a "hard to get" option. Rumor is that after meeting the GM
allotment, the supplier has halted production.
new 1999 C5 Corvette model -
The Hardtop - will have a production run of approximately 5,000
units, and will only be available in 4 colors. The rear wheels,
while smaller than the regular coupe, will probably be better
looking! The profile of the roof line is similar to the
convertible with the top up.
GM increased the base price on
the 1998 Corvette C5 Coupe
January 19, 1998 by $500: From $37,495 to
What many people don't know is that the Indy
decals that go all over the C5
Pace car are put on at another off-site, non-GM location.
The Neon-Yellow Windshield "CORVETTE" Decal (at
the top of the windshield) is not installed at the factory off site
location because some states prohibit them on the windshields so they have
been placed in a box in the back of Indy
Convertible for the New Indy C5
Owner (or) Dealer to install.(My BET is Half of them never make it to the
New C5 Owner and the other
half are Ruined at Installation!!!) The Indy
Corvettes then have to be shipped back to the plant in
Bowling Green for a Quality Control Inspection. This whole process could
take up to an additional three weeks after
the C5 is actually built and
before it is shipped to the dealer.
beginning the week of January 12th,1998 the C5
Indy Pace Car is scheduled
for a production run of up to 30 per day until the assigned 1158
Indy Pace Car Replicas are
Rumor has it that GM will be bring down a
1998 Pace Car to Cypress
Gardens for the NCRS Show January 22-25,1998.
January 5, 1998
Contrary to popular belief the Active
Handling (JL4) is available
with ALL suspension types
including Z51 & F45.
It is still a $500 option above the cost of
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