The Golden Anniversary 2003 Corvette Featured Two Limited Editions
The 2003 Corvette represented two historical marks in Chevrolet history. The first and more obvious was the fact that 2003 made the Golden Anniversary for the legendary sports car. The second mark was one that was not immediately revealed in the fact that the C5 generation of the Vette was coming to a close and after one more year of production in 2004, the C6 generation would come to the forefront with the 2005 Corvette.
Chevy had all eyes on it when it came time to tackling this historical automobile and they did not disappoint upon delivering not one, but two, special editions for the year. The first special edition was a coverable and the second was a coupe and each 2003 Corvette Limited Edition featured:
- Exterior: Special metallic burgundy paint adorned both the coverable and the coupe.
- Wheels: Each featured champagne painted wheels with 50th Anniversary badges.
- Interior: Special shale colored interior with emblems embroidered on the armrests, floor mats, grips and seats were found on both limited models.
- Tops (Convertible): All convertible tops that were of the Limited Edition were also a shale color.
- Suspension: All limited editions also came with technology that was similar to what GM had introduced on the 2002 Cadillac STS. The technology was known as the F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension and used a sophisticated magnetic fluid system to control wheel and body motion at the blinding rate of 1,000 times per second. The system worked hand and hand with the 2003 Corvette’s anti-lock braking system and traction control for a ride that was smoother and more controlled than ever before. There was even a console switch that allowed the driver to switch between tour and sports mode depending on what type of ride they wanted to experience.
Even if a buyer didn’t opt for a Limited Edition model in 2003, they still received a taste of the special year. All 2003 Corvettes came standard with special emblems on the front and rear that featured a silver 50 along the well known crossed flag symbol. Also standard on all 2003 Corvettes were such features as fog lamps, dual climate control, sport seats, and a driver’s side power seat.
The 2003 Corvette didn’t disappoint in the speed department either. The 5.7 liter engine was capable of putting out 350 horsepower and went 0-60 miles per hour in just4.9 seconds and o-100 miles per hour in only 11.5 seconds. The car was capable of doing a13.4 second quarter mile at a blazing speed of 101.1 miles per hour.
Because of all the new advances put into the 2003 Corvette paired with the special anniversary trim, the car was understandably more expensive than its previous model year but despite this fact, sales stayed steady. The 2003 Corvette actually outsold the 2002 Corvette by 88 units for a total unit movement of 36,026.
The 2003 Corvette was a true masterpiece that took 50 years to put together. When it was all said and done, the good people at General Motors definitely gave all Corvette enthusiasts something to covet and the vehicle will be cherished for many years to come. Corvette lovers can only hope that the 60th year anniversary addition will be just as special; but they will have to wait several more years to find out.