CUSTOM PAINT/CHROME SCHEME, LAMBO DOORS, 5.7L LS1, 6SPEED, CLEAN CARFAX, SHOW IT
The C5 Corvette was remarkable in a lot of ways, and perhaps the most interesting aspect that it was the only Corvette model available in three different body styles: hatchback, convertible, and the unusual "fixed roof coupe" or FRC. Ostensibly designed for Corvette fans who wanted the lightest, stiffest, fastest and most affordable Corvette possible, this 1999 Chevrolet Corvette fixed roof coupe is an interesting custom that takes it in an entirely different direction.
The stripped-down (relatively speaking, anyway) FRC came in only a few colors, so this one was repainted a few years ago in Magnetic Red, which was on the color chart, just not for the FRC. The car has the profile of a convertible and uses the convertible's rear deck and conventional trunk lid, but the solid roof is part of the structure, making it by far the most rigid of the C5 triplets. It was also lighter, so performance benefitted in every measurable way. Of course, this one is pretty far from stock, starting with the Lamborghini-style doors that were professionally installed and work properly. There's also a custom air-extractor hood, stripes, a trick inverse rear wing, and a lot of chrome upgrades to really make this Corvette sparkle. The usual excellent C5 fit and finish are here, and people still do a big double-take when they see the unusual roof line, which is probably the most enjoyable part of owning such a car.
The FRC was only available with the base seats, and only in black, so that's what's here now. It was also only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox, so that will give you an inkling of its intentions. Other things like A/C, power windows, locks, seats, and mirrors, and a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo were definitely on the menu (this is a Corvette, after all), so it's comfortable on the road and for long trips. The shifter on this one is an aftermarket unit with an oversized shifter ball and a red boot, but beyond that, it seems to be quite stock. The gauges still light up and dance when you turn the key and the grippy leather steering wheel feels great in your hands. A few brushed aluminum accents add some contrast to the all- black interior, and aside from some minor comfort marks on the seats, the condition is excellent. The trunk is decently sized, making this a car that you can use as a real car instead of just a toy.
While it's dressed like a Z06, which was also based on the FRC, this is a standard LS1 V8, which is certainly no slouch in the performance department. Smooth and torquey, it's shockingly easy to drive fast or slow, and represented perhaps the greatest leap forward in Corvette performance ever. It's been augmented with a lot of chrome dress-up, so it looks ready to show and quite unlike all the other C5s you'll see at the cruise night. Get your sunglasses on before you open the hood! The 6-speed shifts smoothly and there are 3.42 gears out back that make it punchy, especially with the lighter curb weight that makes it feel very tossable. The big Corvette brakes are remarkably powerful and ride quality is remarkably good for a car with this kind of performance. And the chrome Z06-style aluminum wheels look spectacular wrapped in fat Michelin radials.
A neat experiment in Corvette engineering, this cool custom is as much fun to drive as you would think by looking at it. Very affordable, still very fast, and most likely to be the only one of its kind at a show, this isn't to be missed. Call today!
Seatbelts, Rear Defogger, Passenger Airbag, Driver Airbag, Anti-Theft System, Power Windows, Power Steering, Power Seats, Power Locks, Power Brakes, Fuel Injection, Four Wheel Disc Brakes, Cruise Control, Anti-Lock Brakes, Tilt Wheel, Leather Seats, Heat, Air Conditioning, Numbers Matching, Defrost, CD Player, AM/FM Radio
Owner's Manual, Original Window Sticker
- Engine Size
- 5.7L LS1 V8
- Transmission Type
- 6 Speed Manual
- Body Color
- Body Style
- 79,403 (Actual)
- Interior Color
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console
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