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Autotrader Find: 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Custom Convertible

Today on Autotrader Find, I present to you: a 2002 Chevy Corvette Z06… convertible.

I know what you’re thinking: There was no "C5" Chevy Corvette Z06 convertible! But then you see this ad, and suddenly everything you thought you knew was a total lie; up is down, black is white, wet is dry, Crest is Colgate. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!

Well, I’ll tell you what’s going on here: You’re looking at a C5 Corvette Z06 that was converted into a convertible by a company called Caravaggio Corvettes. It’s offered with just 10,000 miles by a private seller in Valparaiso, Indiana, for $45,000. And I must admit, it looks surprisingly professional. If you’re into that sort of thing. See the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette models for sale near you

According to the description, here’s the basic situation with this Corvette. It started out like a normal Corvette Z06: built in Kentucky, sold new in the Pittsburgh area, driven, most likely, on the occasional sunny day. And then, at some point, it was converted by Caravaggio. The listing says Caravaggio converted 39 different C5 Corvettes to the "widebody" look — but just ten convertibles and, among that ten, just three Z06s. The listing also says the widebody kit makes the car 5.5 inches longer in back and 3.5 inches longer in front.

And then there’s the engine. According to the ad, this Z06 makes 456 wheel horsepower and 411 wheel torque — probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 550 hp and 490 lb-ft, measured the usual way — thanks to a Lingenfelter tune. Those are monstrous figures — and they represent a huge jump over the stock Z06’s 405 hp and 400 lb-ft.

Of course, this thing’s $45,000 price tag is enough to end all the excitement about its rarity and performance. But if you combine the power and the Z06-ness with this car’s low mileage, you have to admit: This is quite possibly the coolest C5 Corvette convertible you can buy today. Find a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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5 COMMENTS

  1. $140k invested = OUCH!!! thought this was interesting “painted in Ferrari Rosso Corsa red paint while the entire interior is wrapped in sumptuous Ferrari tan leather”

  2. I’d rather drive a stock ’03 50th anniversary one for less than $20k. Then again, I’d rather have the removable top hatch-coupe than a convertible. 

    Of the three body types offered on the C5, the Z06 had the non-removable top coupe style that was the worst of the three for fun and looks. 
  3. Might be a stupid question, buy wouldn’t it be much easier and more cost effective to convert a convertible to a Z06 than to convert a Z06 to a convertible? 

    • That’s exactly what I was thinking. But I guess by the time you drop in the LS6 and all the suspension it might be a wash. even then it would be a ZO6 clone rather than a true ZO6. 

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