C5s continue to be the performance bargain of the Corvette world, in this writer’s opinion.
In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I’m partial to C5s, having even owned the same Torch Red ’97 coupe twice (it’s a long story).
But we’re sure you’ll agree that this 2002 Corvette, done in Torch Red with Light Oak interior, is one very nice sports car.
Whereas my ’97 was showing some signs of its age with 80,000 miles on the odometer, this ’02 is virtually new – with just 3,707 miles!
It’s up for sale now on bringatrailer.com, and with six days left in the auction, the no-reserve price is still a very reasonable 16,777 so far. Somebody could very well get a bargain Corvette, especially considering this one listed for $45,515 when it was originally delivered to Maroone Chevrolet in Greenacres, Florida.
Indeed, this was a one-owner car until last month, when the selling dealer acquired it. It’s equipped with the standard 5.7-liter V8 that pumps out 350 horsepower, but impressively it’s one of just 8,553 examples with the six-speed manual transmission (out of the 35,757 that left the Bowling Green factory that year).
Other features include the Z51 Performance Handling package, head-up display, removable roof panel, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable seats, and AM/FM/CD stereo with Bose speakers. Additions include a B&B Performance muffler, aluminum shift knob, and European half-amber tail light lenses (with the original shift knob and lenses also included with the sale).
The seller changed the oil and performed a safety inspection in November, and the Carfax report comes back clean. The car shows little signs of wear, other than peeling noted on the finish of the front Corvette emblem, an easy and inexpensive fix.
The paint on the car appears to be nearly perfect, with very few if any rock chips visible on the front bumper and hood in the extensive photos provided in the listing. The interior likewise is perfect, as you might expect with such low mileage. Speaking of the interior, we always felt that the overall design was better and more “Corvette-ish” than the subsequent C6, but that’s just one man’s opinion.
So, what’s your opinion of this like-new C5 Corvette? Would you like Santa to bring it to your house?
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