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Autotrader Find: C5 Corvette With C1-Inspired Body

The Chevrolet Corvette is an iconic sports car that has evolved a lot over the years. Today’s Autotrader Find combines two different styles of Corvette separated by 43 years. It’s a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette that’s been re-bodied to look like a 1961 Corvette. A C5 that looks like a C1. It’s available for sale in Jacksonville, Florida, with an asking price of $85,000.

What is This?

There’s a company called CRC that will take your modern Corvette and make it look like an old one. CRC has multiple “Retro-Vette” models available. The one you see here is based on the 1961-1962 model, which had the “duck tail” rear end and was the first Corvette with four round taillights. This taillight treatment became a Corvette design cue that continued until the C7 was introduced for 2014.

But Why?

So, why would anyone want a CRC Retro-Vette rather than just buying an authentic old Corvette? For starters, you get all of the conveniences of a much more modern car. Things we take for granted like power steering, anti-lock brakes, and air conditioning are all there. Plus, these are hand-made, carbon-fiber body panels. That means it’s super lightweight compared to the stock fiberglass body on the C5.

On top of the carbon-fiber body, this Corvette has custom two-tone seats, an aftermarket stereo with SiriusXM, and Corsa exhaust. It’s probably an absolute blast to drive thanks to the lighter weight combined with the upgraded exhaust. It certainly offers a totally different and higher-performance drive than a real C1.

The price might seem a bit steep, but it’s about right based on recent auctions for CNC cars like this. C5 Corvettes are a dime a dozen, but this one is special and worth the money to the right Corvette enthusiast. Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale

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