It's hard to believe that it's been fifty
years since the very first Corvette rolled off the assembly line. Some
might say it's been a long fifty years for the Corvette. There have
been many good years; the current Z06 model comes to mind. There have
also been some not-so-good years. Remember that 1984 model? But
overall, most anyone who has ever owned a Corvette will likely tell
you it was one of the most exciting automotive experiences they've
ever had. So, to continue offering those great experiences and to
celebrate the Corvette's 50th birthday, Chevrolet will offer a special
'Vette for 2003.
Unfortunately, the limited edition Corvette doesn't really differ all that much from the standard version. The 50th Anniversary Edition is only available in dark red with all shale interior, and it rides on champagne-painted wheels. That's about as special as the special edition gets, which is very much to our disappointment. In order to appropriately celebrate fifty years of heritage, this
'Vette should include the LS6 under its hood. Better yet, how about a factory-installed supercharger? At the very least, it would have been nice to see some different wheels or a paint scheme that harkens back to the authoritative Corvettes of the 60's. Oh, well.
This year, the 50th Anniversary Corvette is slated to pace the Indy 500, which happens to be the fifth time a Corvette has paced the renowned racetrack. Other years include 1978, 1986, 1995 and 1998. (See photo.) In fact, Chevrolets have paced the Indy 500 no less than 12 times, and the 50th Anniversary Corvette will bring the total to 13. That's more than any other automotive manufacturer.
As far as pricing goes, the 50th Edition should fall somewhere between a fully loaded coupe and the mighty ZO6, so plan on at least $48,500. Is it worth it? To loyal Corvette aficionados, the 50th Anniversary Edition will be worth every hard-earned penny. But in my opinion, I'd take a standard Corvette instead. It will still have the 50th anniversary logos, you'll get your choose of colors, and you'll save a few bucks in the process. In any case, we congratulate Chevrolet for 50 years of Corvette history. And when the Corvette gets a complete makeover next year, we hope it will be a promising continuation of America's number one sports car.