By the time the 50th Anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette came around in 2003, Chevrolet’s vision for celebrating the milestone came in an exclusive “Anniversary Red” exterior with shale interior on standard Coupe and Convertible models. There would be no performance upgrades as well as no exclusivity. Chevrolet would build 11,632 Anniversary Editions.
Dick Guldstrand, aka “Mr. Corvette” was a former racer and tuner of Corvettes and his contributions to the model over the years are well known. Guldstrand had previously offered his own line of tuner Corvettes known as the Guldstrand GS80 for C4 Corvettes and then he built six C5-based Guldstrand GS90s featuring the ZR-1’s LT5 motor. Guldstrand thought the 50th Anniversary should be a “truly important” sports car and so Dick had one last go a remaking a Corvette the way he thought they should be. His Guldstrand 50 is about both flash and performance.
Starting with a 2003 Corvette Z06, the engines were sent to Katech Engineering, the shop that built Corvette Racing’s engines in the C5-R. The result was a 7.0 liter small block stroked to 427 cubic inches with a conservative horsepower rating of 500 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque. Flowmaster exhaust provided the soundtrack to the 427’s rumble. The free flow exhaust would flow from a pair of Mirrored-D tail pipes. The Z06’s suspension was left relatively untouched although Guldstrand would lower it by one inch and add his signature front and rear stabilizer bars. Michelin Pilot Sport tires were mounted to 18/19 inch Fiske wheels also finished in gold.
The exterior was penned by former Corvette designer John Schinella and features DuPont’s Anniversary Gold exterior with Colbalt Blue side coves and rear bottom fascia. Matching gold aerodynamic panels were added to the front and sides of the car that were toned down versions of those found on the C5-R. The power-dome hood over the 7-liter 427 V8 added an attractive set of vents in the middle. European style tail lights offered a slightly different perspective on the rear end.
Inside the Anniversary Z06, Gold sport seats had Cobalt Blue side bolsters in suede and Dick Guldstrand signature was embossed on the head rests. The Colbalt Blue suede found its way to the center console lid, and the boots of the emergency brake and shifter.
The original pricing of the Guldstrand Signature Edition 50th Anniversary Corvette was $49,300 for the package plus the cost of the 2003 C5 Z06, which had a starting MSRP of $51,155.
We recently found one of Guldstrand’s 50th Anniversary Corvettes for sale at Ormond Fine Imports in Florida. The car has a low 24,800 miles on the odometer from over its 15-year history and it looks to be in very good condition. Not only does it look good, but this collector-quality Corvette is priced at $34,900 – a substantial discount over the original $100,000 MSRP.
For more information on this rare Guldstrand 50th Anniversary Corvette Z06, call John Sr. at 386-672-2474 or email him at [email protected].
A member of the Corvette Museum’s Corvette Hall of Fame, Dick Guldstrand passed away at the age of 87 on September 7, 2015. He was a true Corvette legend and his influence on the brand is both understated and underappreciated. At least in these special editions, his legend will live on.
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