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Autotrader Find: Purple and Yellow Chevy Corvette Pace Car

Here we have a 1998 Chevy Corvette convertible that also doubles as the strangest-looking Indianapolis 500 pace car ever. No, your eyes don’t deceive you, this is the color scheme they actually chose for the pace car at the Indy 500 20 years ago. Then, as per usual, they sold a limited run to the public in this same color scheme.

The exterior color is purple. It shows up as mostly dark blue in the photos, but in person, this color is unquestionably a deep purple, which is already a weird enough color to start. Then, to make things even stranger, they decided to paint the wheels yellow, so the exterior of the car is comprised of purple paint, yellow wheels and a bunch of Indy 500 graphics.

To make things even more unusual, the decision was also made to continue the yellow wheel color into the interior for the seats. The rest of the interior is totally standard fare, with the usual black buttons, a black dashboard and a black steering wheel, but the seats are bright yellow — construction safety vest yellow.

I suppose the color choice was made in order to emphasize the C5 Corvette’s new design, which was a huge deal back in 1998 following 15 years of the C4 model. If this was the plan, it certainly did the job, as you don’t see too many purple vehicles with yellow wheels.

This particular Corvette pace car is actually appealing to me, in part because it has miles on it — someone drove it 78,000 miles, which means the price isn’t stratospheric like some ultra-preserved pace car replica models. Indeed, this C5 pace car is offered by O’Towne Auto Sales in the Milwaukee area for just $16,987 — not a bad price for one of the most distinctive C5 Corvette models around.

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  1. Probably the most affordable way to get a car that I have the exact 1:18 replica as a kid! Well especially since a couple of my others, a Ford GT90 and Mustang Mach III were concept cars. 

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