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The 2003 Chevrolet Corvette

2003 Silver Corvette Coupe


2003 was the 50th anniversary for Corvette. A 50th anniversary edition was offered and it also was chosen as the pace car for the Indy 500. Buyers of the 50th anniversay edition could make it a pace car with the optional $495 graphics package. The anniversay edition included most of the options and a special "Anniversary Red Metallic" paint. The interior was decked out in shale leather and for the first time in a C5 the dashboard was not black. A new selective ride control RPO F55 replaced the F45 ride control this year. It used a magnetic fluid that could be electrically controlled to make up to 1,000 changes per second. This allowed a Vette travelling at 60 mph to make a change every inch of road travel. Light Pewter Metallic and Magnetic Red Metallic were deleted this year and the only new color was the Anniversary Red Metallic which is much darker than the older Magnetic Red. All 2003 included 50th anniversary badging. The Z06 hardtop was thickened to conform to safety standards.

2003 Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 2003 Corvettes Built - 35,469
Total 2003 Coupes - 12,812
Total 2003 Convertibles - 14,022
Total 2003 Z06 Hardtop - 8,635

Coupe Serial Numbers: 1G1YY22Gx35100000 to 1G1YY22Gx35135469
Convertible Serial Numbers: 1G1YY32Gx35100000 to 1G1YY32Gx35135469
Z06 Serial Numbers: 1G1YY12Sx35100000 - 1G1YY12Sx35135469   

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 1 or 2 or 3 Body style number
1 = Two-door fixed-roof hardtop
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
G G LS1 5.7-liter (346 cu. in) Sequential multiport-fuel-injection (SFI) V8
S LS6 5.7 liter sequential multiport-fuel-injection Chevrolet V-8
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 1 The model year 3=2003
11 5 Bowling Green, Kentucky
12-17 100001 and up Production Sequence

Production Options

RPO Description Cost Coupe Convert FRC Total
Prod. % Prod. % Prod. % Prod. %
1SA Base Equipment Group
Includes Parcel Net and Luggage Shade (coupe), Fog lamps, Sport Seats, Power Passenger Seat, Dual Zone Auto HVAC
$0 1,502 12% 178 1% 8,613 100% 10,293 29%
1SB Option Package
Includes 1SA above, Head Up Display, Electrochromic Mirrors, Drivers Memory Package, Twilight Sentinel Headlamps, Power Telescoping Steering Column
$1,200 7,310 57% 6,643 47% 0 0% 13,953 39%
1SC 50th Anniversary Package
Not available on Z06. Includes 1SB above, 50th Anniversary Red Metallic Paint, Shale Two Tone Leather Trim, 50th Anniversary Paint/Trim Package, 50th Anniversary Aluminum Wheels, Magnetic Selective Ride Control
$5,000 4,085 35% 7,547 54% 0 0% 11,632 33%
79U Millennium Yellow Paint w/ Tint $750 1,041 27% 1,151 8% 1,708 20% 3,900 11%
AAB Memory Package (Requires RPO CJ2) $175 11,691 91% 13,880 99% 8,241 95% 33,812 95%
AG1 Power 6-Way Driver Seat (Std. on Z06) $305 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
AN4 Child Seat Tether N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
AP9 Parcel Net (Coupe only) $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
AQ9 Driver/Pass. Recl. Bucket Seats $0 12,812 100% 14,022 100% 0 0% 26,834 76%
AR9 Driver/Pass. Bucket Seats (Euro) $0 0 0% 0 0% 8,635 100% 8,635 24%
B34 Floor Mats $25 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
B84 Body Side Moldings $150 7,688 60% 9,147 65% 5,408 63% 22,243 63%
C2L Dual Roof Package $1,200 5,184 15% 0 0% 0 0% 5,184 15%
CC3 Transparent Roof Panel $750 3,150 25% 0 0% 0 0% 3,150 9%
CF7 Non-Transparent Roof Panel $0 4,478 35% 0 0% 0 0% 4,478 13%
CJ2 Automatic Climate Control $0 12,812 100% 14,022 100% 8,635 100% 35,469 100%
CV3 Mexico Export $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
DD0 Electronic Monochromatic Mirrors $120 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
EXP Export Option N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control (Not avail. with Z06) $1,695 5,696 44% 9,296 66% 0 0% 14,992 42%
FE1 Base Suspension $0 11,389 89% 12,853 92% 0 0% 24,242 68%
FE3 Sport Suspension (Included with Z51) $0 1,423 11% 1,169 8% N/A N/A 2,592 7%
FE9 Federal Emissions $0 9,243 72% 10,869 78% 6,544 76% 26,656 75%
G92 Perf. Axle Ratio - 3.15:1 MXO Auto (Not Avail w/Z06) $395 4,282 33% 5,503 39% 0 0% 9,785 28%
GU2 Std. Axle Ratio 2.73:1 MXO Auto $0 4,763 37% 3,696 26% 0 0% 8,459 24%
GU6 Std. Axle Ratio 3.42:1 Six Speed $0 3,767 29% 4,823 34% 8,635 100% 17,225 49%
LS1 Std. 5.7L SFI Aluminum V8 350 hp Engine $0 12,812 36% 14,022 40% 0 0% 26,834 76%
LS6 5.7L SFI Aluminum V8, 405 hp Engine (1YY37 only) $0 0 0% 0 0% 8,635 100% 8,635 24%
MM6 6-speed Manual $915 3,767 29% 4,823 34% 0 0% 8,590 24%
M30 Elect. 4spd. Automatic Transmission $0 9,045 71% 9,199 66% 0 0% 18,244 51%
N37 Steering Column, Power Telescope Manual Tilt $350 11,296 88% 13,585 97% 0 0% 24,881 70%
N73 Magnesium Wheels N/A 148 1% 145 1% 0 0% 293 1%
NB8 CA/Northeast Emission Override $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
NC7 Federal Emissions Override $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
NG1 Massachusetts/New York Emissions Requirements $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
QD4 Domestic Standard Five Spoke Wheels $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
QF5 Deluxe High Polish Wheels (Not avail. w/Z06) $1,295 5,659 44% 4,631 33% 0 0% 10,290 29%
R6M New Jersey Surcharge (mandatory in NJ) $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
R8C Museum Delivery Package $490 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
U1S Remote Compact 12-Disc Changer (All Models) $600 6,440 50% 9,539 68% 0 0% 15,979 45%
UL0 AM/FM Stereo Cassette-Bose N/A 2,045 16% 2,619 19% 0 0% 4,664 13%
UN0 Stereo System Delco-Bose with CD $100 10,767 84% 11,403 81% 8,635 100% 30,805 87%
UV6 Heads-Up Display N/A 11,638 91% 13,836 99% N/A N/A 25,474 72%
V49 Front License Plate Frame $15 6,975 54% 8,315 59% 5,315 62% 20,605 58%
XGG Front Tire - P245/45ZR17 BW SBR $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
YF5 California Emissions $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
YGH Rear Tire - P275/40ZR18 BW SBR $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Z49 Canadian Options $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Z51 Performance Handling Package:
Larger diameter sway bars than previous years, (included with FE3 Sports Suspension, includes power steering fluid cooler), Not available with RPOs F55 and Z06.
$395 1,423 11% 1,169 8% 0 0% 2,592 7%

Color Options for 2003

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Other combinations could be ordered.
RPO Color Interior
Colors
Coupe Convert FRC Total
Prod. % Prod. % Prod. % Prod. %
12U Quicksilver Metallic B-LG-LO-R-RB 798 6% 500 4% 1,089 13% 2,387 7%
21U Electron Blue Metallic B-LG-LO-RB 967 8% 531 4% 1,272 15% 2,770 8%
40U Speedway White B-LG-R 371 3% 308 2% 0 0% 679 2%
41U Black B-LG-R-RB 1,600 12% 1,398 10% 2,599 30% 5,597 16%
70U Torch Red B-LG-R-RB 1,864 36% 1,374 10% 1,967 23% 5,205 15%
79U Millenium Yellow w/ Tint B-LG-RB 1,041 27% 1,151 8% 1,708 20% 3,900 11%
88U Spiral Gray Metallic B-LG-LO-R 2,086 16% 1,213 9% 0 0% 3,299 9%
94U Anniversary Red Metallic S 4,085 35% 7,547 54% 0 0% 11,632 33%
Color Codes: B=Black, LG=Light Gray, LO=Light Oak, R=Firethorn Red, RB=Red/Black, S=Shale

Interior Colors

RPO Color Coupe Convert FRC Total
Prod. % Prod. % Prod. % Prod. %
19I Black 6,265 49% 4,715 34% 7,200 83% 18,180 51%
67I Light Oak 720 6% 949 7% 0 0% 1,669 5%
70I Red/Black 231 2% 303 2% 1,435 17% 1,969 6%
92I Light Gray 1,511 12% 508 4% 0 0% 2,019 6%

Convertible Top Color Codes

RPO Color Convert
Prod. %
16T White 218 2%
41T Black 5,386 38%
54T Shale 7,547 54%
67T Light Oak 871 6%

2003 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 47.9 inches (1.217 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 1458 lbs / 3246 kg (coupe)
1456 lbs / 3248 kg (convertible)
1414 lbs / 3118 kg (Z06)
Steering Power Rack and PinionPower-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 back-bone/all-welded steel body frame construction
Fuel tank 19.1 US Gal (15.9 Imp Gal) (72 liters)

Engine Specifications

Feature Base Engine RPO LS1 Z06 Engine RPO LS6
Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
Block All Aluminum All Aluminum 
Displacement 346 cid (5.7 liters) 346 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 3.90" x 3.62" 3.90" x 3.62"
Compression Ratio 10.1:1 10.5:1
Brake Horsepower 350 @ 5600 405 @ 6000
Torque 360 lb-ft @ 4000 400 lb-ft @ 4800
Main Bearing Five Five
Valve Lifters Hydraulic, two valves per cylinder Hydraulic, two valves per cylinder
Fuel Supply Sequential Multi-port injection (MPI) system Sequential Multi-port injection (MPI) system
 


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