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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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Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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