Chevrolet Corvette Commemorative Edition

During the lead up to the 50th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette, Bill Pasteiner of Advanced Automotive Technologies and Bill Miller of Magna Steyr joined forces to design a striking retro-styled Corvette based on a C5 chassis, which they hoped would be chosen by GM to mark the occasion. However, to the chagrin of legions of die-hard Corvette fans, Chevrolet instead chose to release a somewhat muted 50th Anniversary Edition Corvette. While the C5 Corvette did represent the height of Chevrolet’s engineering prowess, Corvette enthusiasts were left wanting more.

Undaunted, Pasteiner purchased the rights to the design from Magna Steyr, forging ahead with the production of a limited number of special 2003 and 2004 Corvettes. With their unique bodywork, including all-new front fenders, hoods, decklids, headlights, taillights, bumpers and trim pieces, the cars successfully combined the iconic styling of the original C1 Corvette of 1953 with the advanced technology, brilliant performance and modern amenities of the C5 Corvette.

The carefully engineered conversion used the same attachment points as the production Corvette’s standard body panels, with the only other deviation being a small recess created within the inner fiberglass of the trunk to accommodate the new rear deck lid. In addition, no structural modifications were required and all original Corvette safety systems were unchanged as well. Approximately 200 of these innovative automobiles were produced in total, with extensive press coverage including cover stories and features in publications including ‘Vette, Corvette Enthusiast, and a multitude of other periodicals. Strong owner enthusiasm led to the creation of an online registry for these fascinating and desirable automobiles.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

345 bhp, 346 cu. in. LS1 V8 engine, GM 4L60E four-speed automatic overdrive transmission within a rear-mounted transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104.5".

Source: RM Auctions

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