1999 Chevrolet Corvette - ToyBox

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine, Photography by: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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A bit of tradition mixed with a lot of mumbo

Bang for your buck. If that’s high on your priority list, we’ve been saying for a while now that American cars is where the action is at the moment. This is a good example.

Without looking at the price, let’s talk high-end exotic supercharged two-seater convertible. Okay, it’s 20 years old, but it’s red and a fairly sleek design that has aged very well. And it’s by a big-name maker. How much? We reckon just sub-70k is pretty damn good.


While we throw money at chrome bumper Corvettes – C2s in particularC5s remain largely overlooked, despite the fact the design and spec sheet says this is a well-crafted sports car.

In 2017, Road & Track mag in the USA rated the C5 as the ultimate performance bargain, saying this about it: "It was the first modern Corvette to challenge the world’s best sports cars on truly level ground, the first Corvette to take a class victory at Le Mans, and the last Corvette to feature those oh-so-cool hidden headlamps."


Basic specs include a very rigid chassis, rear-mounted six-speed transaxle for good weight distribution and of course that 5.7lt LS1 V8 with a conservative power claim of 354hp. That was enough to punt the car to 100km/h in around 4.5 seconds and give it a top speed a whisker over 280km/h. So yes, a serious performance car.

The folding roof on this model is said to be pretty easy to deal with and includes a glass rather than plastic window.

In case your were wondering, yes it is traditional Corvette in that it has some fibreglass in its broad mix of materials.


This example was converted to right-hand-drive by the Corvette Clinic. At $69,500 it stacks up and is available through the Healey Factory in Melbourne.

You can view the car's listing on our classifieds here!


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