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The 1998 Chevrolet Corvette

1998 Corvette Pace Car Convertible

1998 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car

The C5 convertible made it's debut in 1998 and was chosen as the pace car for the Indy 500. Only 1,163 pace car replicas were built sporting purple paint with bright yellow graphics and wheels. New optional magnesium wheels were introduced which were painted a bronze color, these lightened the car, and your wallet costing $3,000. Run-Flat tires were standard on all cars and avoided having to carry a spare tire. The rear window in the new convertible is made of glass with a heater element for defrosting. It also has an express down feature that automatically opens the tonneau cover and lowers the windows a small amount with the press of a button. New optional "Active Handling System" (AHS) applies brakes individually when the car detects that it is sliding. This new system uses yaw and pitch sensors to determine how the car is moving and can correct for understeer and oversteer to keep the car from going out of control. Corvettes equipped with AHS also have the "Competitive Mode", this mode turns off the traction control but leaves the AHS active for Gymkhana and Autocross competition. Dual airbags are standard safety equipment on C5.
Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1996 Corvettes Built - 31,084
Total 1996 Coupes - 19,235
Total 1996 Convertibles - 11,849

Coupe Serial Numbers: 1G1YY22GxW5100001 to 1G1YY22GxW5131069
Convertible Serial Numbers: 1G1YY32GxW5100001 to 1G1YY32GxW5131069

The "Vehicle Identification Number" (also VIN or serial number) is stamped on a plate on the lower edge of driver's side windshield.

Position Character Description
1 1 US built
2 G General Motors product
3 1 Chevrolet Motor Division vehicle
4&5 YY Corvette
6 2 or 3 Body style number
2 = Two door hatchback style 07, 08, 77, or 87
3 = Two-door convertible GM body style 67
7 2 or 4 2=Active manual belts with driver and passenger inflatable restraint system
4=Active manual belts with frontal and side-impact driver and front passenger inflatable restraint system
8 G LS1 5.7-liter (346 cu. in) Sequential multiport-fuel-injection (SFI) V8
9 ? A check digit that calculates the characters in the serial number and gives it a single digit code and can be used to verify that the serial number is legitimate
10 W The model year where W=1998
11 5 Bowling Green, KY
12-17 100001 and up production sequence for coupes and convertibles
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Engine Serial Number

1998 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number. The date code the engine was manufactured was also cast into the block. The engine serial number includes a production sequence number starting with 0001001 and one of the suffixes below.

Code Engine Horsepower Compression Transmission Fuel Supply Extra Features
ZZC LT1 350-cid 345-hp V-8 10.1:1 Automatic Multi-Port Injection  
ZZD LT4 350-cid 345-hp V-8 10.1:1 Manual Multi-Port Injection  

Production Options

RPO Description Price Production
1YY07 Base Coupe $37,495 19,235
1YY67 Base Convertible $44,425 11,849
AAB Memory Package $150 24,234
AG2 Power Passenger Seat $305 28,575
AQ9 Sport Seats $625 22,675
B34 Floor Mats $25 30,592
B84 Body Side Moldings $75 17,070
CC3 Blue Transparent Roof Panel $650 6,975
C2L Dual Roof Package $950 5,640
CJ2 Dual Zone Climate Control $365 26,572
D42 Luggage Shade and Parcel Net $50 16,549
F45 Selective Real Time Damping $1,695 8,374
G92 Performance Axle Ratio (auto. only) $100 13,331
JL4 Active Handling System $500 N/A
MN6 6-speed Manual $815 7,106
NG1 MA/NY State Emissions Requirements $170 2,701
N73 Magnesium Wheels $3,000 1,425
T96 Fog Lamps $69 29,310
UN0 Delco Bose Stereo with CD $100 18,213
U1S Remote Compact 12-Disc Changer $600 16,513
V49 Front License Plate Frame $15 16,087
YF5 California Emissions $170 3,111
Z4Z Indy Pace Car Pkg. $5,039 (auto. trans)
$5,804 (man. trans)/td>
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg. $350 4,249

Color Options for 1998

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Other combinations could be ordered.
RPO Exterior Interior Production
10U Arctic White B-LG-R 3,346
11U Light Pewter Metallic B-LG-R-LO 3,276
144 Sebring Silver Metallic B-LG-R 4,637
21U Radar Purple Metallic (Pace Car) B-Y 1,163
244 Nassau Blue Metallic B-LG-LO 1,098
28U Navy Blue Metallic B-LG 14
41U Black B-LG-LO-R 6,597
53U Light Carmine Red Metallic B-LG-LO-R 1,567
58U Aztec Gold B-LG-LO 15
70U Torch Red B-LG-R 8,767
87U Fairway Green Metallic B-LG-R 223
95U Medium Purple Pearl Metallic B-LG-LO 381
Color Codes: B=Black, LG=Light Gray, R=Firethorn Red, Y=Yellow

Interior Colors

RPO Color Production
193 Black N/A
194 Yellow (Pace Car) N/A
673 Light Oak N/A
923 Light Gray N/A
943 Firethorn Red N/A

Convertible Top Color Codes

N/A Black 8,630
N/A Light Oak 2,376
N/A White 843

1998 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Feature Coupe & Convertible
Wheelbase 104.5 inches (2.654 m)
Overall length 179.7 inches (4.564 m)
Overall width 73.6 inches (1.869 m)
Overall height 47.7 inches (1.212 m)
Front tread 62.0 inches (1.575 m)
Rear tread 62.1 inches (1.577 m)
Standard Tires Front/Rear P245/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT / P275/40ZR-18 Goodyear Eagle GT
Ground Clearance 3.7 inches
Curb Weight 3,245 (Coupe)
3,246 (Convertible)
Steering Power-assisted, speed-sensitive, magnetic variable-effort power rack and steering
Front suspension Independent SLA forged-aluminum upper and lower control arms and steering knuckle, transverse monoleaf springs, steel stabilizer bar, and spindle offset.
Rear suspension Independent five-link design with tow and camber adjustment, cast-aluminum upper and lower control arms and knuckle, transverse monoleaf springs, steel tie rods and stabilizer bar, and tubular U-jointed metal matrix composite driveshaft.
Brakes Antilock four-wheel power disc
Body construction Fiberglass; integral perimeter frame with center back­bone/all-welded steel body frame construction
Fuel tank 19.1 US Gal (15.9 Imp Gal) (72 liters)

Engine Specifications

Feature Standard Engine (RPO LS1)
Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
Block Cast aluminum block and cylinder head
Displacement 346 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 3.90" x 3.62"
Compression ratio 10.1:1
Brake horsepower 345 @ 5600
Torque 350 lb-ft @ 4400
Main bearing five
Valve lifters hydraulic, two valves per cylinder
Fuel supply Sequential Multi-port injection (MPI) system SiteMap
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