C5 Production Numbers

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This week we’re reviewing production numbers for the C5 Corvette, produced between 1997-2004. The development of this car and the engineers and stylists behind it are discussed in the book All Corvettes Are Red, a must-read for any C5 fan.

The C5 continued GM’s mission to constantly improve every aspect of performance, quality and functionality in its halo sports car. The 5th generation marked the return of three distinct body styles: coupe, convertible and hard top (aka fixed roof coupe), the latter being the basis for the Z06 track terror that was introduced in 2001. The Corvette team was given a clean slate to design the new car, resulting in innovations like a rear mounted transaxle for better weight distribution, different diameter wheels (front/rear) and, for the first time since 1962, a trunk in the convertible and hardtop that could easily accommodate a full size golf club bag. Last but not least, the LS series of engines made their debut in the C5’s, ranging from 345HP in the base model to 405HP in the later Z06 models.

Notable C5 Corvettes include the 50th Anniversary model, the 1998 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, the Fixed Roof Coupe of 1999-2000 and 24 Hours of LeMans Commemorative Edition (pictured).

TOTAL238,230

Model Year Coupe Convertible Hardtop/Z06 Total
1997 9752 9752
1998 19235 11849 31084
1999 18078 11161 4031 33270
2000 18113 13479 2090 33682
2001 15681 14173 5768 35622
2002 10634 8784 5869 25287
2003 12812 14022 8635 35469
2004 16165 12216 5683 34064

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C4 Production Numbers

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Next up in our Corvette Production Numbers series are the C4 cars.  By the time 1982 rolled around, the C3 Corvette was 14 years old and the chassis that it was based on dated back to 1963.  Needless to say, a lifetime for a chassis and body style.  The Corvette team at GM was well aware of this, and had been working feverishly on the next generation car.  Unfortunately, development and quality control issues prevented them from introducing the C4 Corvette until March of 1983, 6 months beyond the typical September new model introduction.  In short, no 1983 Corvettes were ever offered to the public; the C4 was introduced as a 1984 model.

As GM was still struggling with ever-increasing emissions regulations, the focus for early C4 Corvettes was on handling and chassis dynamics.  And they delivered, so much so that there are still many competitive C4’s at sanctioned racing events across the country.  Right out of the box, the C4 was a capable corner carver, and when the Corvette team increased power substantially in 1992 with the second-generation LT1 (300HP), the Corvette was a force to be reckoned with.

Notable C4 Corvettes are the early models with the unique Doug Nash “4+3″ overdrive manual transmissions, the 1988 35th Anniversary model (pictured), the incredible and highly anticipated ZR-1 supercars of 1990-95, and the Grand Sport and Collector Edition models from 1996, which sported a one-year only 330HP LT4.

Model Year Coupe Convertible ZR-1 Total
1984 51547 51547
1985 39729 39729
1986 27794 7315 35109
1987 20007 10625 30632
1988 15382 7407 22789
1989 16663 9749 26412
1990 12967 7630  3049 23646
1991 12923 5672  2044 20639
1992 14102 5875  502 20479
1993 15450 5692  448 21590
1994 17536 5346  448 23330
1995 15323 4971 448 20742
1996 17167 4369 21536
TOTAL 358,180

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