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The 1998 Chevrolet Corvette

1998 Corvette Pace Car Convertible

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 1998 Corvettes Built - 31,084

Total 1998 Coupes - 19,235
Total 1998 Convertibles - 11,849

Serial Numbers
Coupe1G1YY22GxW5100001 - 1G1YY22GxW5131069
Convertible1G1YY32GxW5100001 - 1G1YY32GxW5131069

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

VIN (Serial) Number Decoder

11US built
2GGeneral Motors product
31Chevrolet Motor Division vehicle
62 or 3Body style number
2 = Two door hatchback style 07, 08, 77, or 87
3 = Two-door convertible GM body style 67
72 or 42=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
8GLS1 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
10WThe model year where W=1998
115Bowling Green, KY
12-17100001 and upproduction sequence for coupes and convertibles

Engine Serial Number Decoder

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.

CodeEngineHorsepowerCompressionTransmissionFuel Supply
ZZCLT1 350-cid345-hp V-810.1:1AutomaticMulti-Port Injection
ZZDLT4 350-cid345-hp V-810.1:1ManualMulti-Port Injection

Production Options

1YY07Base Coupe$37,495.00 19,235 61.9%
1YY67Base Convertible$44,425.00 11,849 38.1%
AABMemory Package$150.00 24,234 78.0%
AG2Power Passenger Seat$305.00 28,575 91.9%
AQ9Sport Seats$625.00 22,675 72.9%
B34Floor Mats$25.00 30,592 98.4%
B84Body Side Moldings$75.00 17,070 54.9%
CC3Blue Transparent Roof Panel$650.00 6,975 22.4%
C2LDual Roof Package$950.00 5,640 18.1%
CJ2Dual Zone Climate Control$365.00 26,572 85.5%
D42Luggage Shade and Parcel Net$50.00 16,549 53.2%
F45Selective Real Time Damping$1,695.00 8,374 26.9%
G92Performance Axle Ratio(auto. only)$100.00 13,331 42.9%
JL4Active Handling System$500.00 N/A N/A
MN66-speed Manual$815.00 7,106 22.9%
NG1MA/NY State Emissions Requirements$170.00 2,701 8.7%
N73Magnesium Wheels$3,000.00 1,425 4.6%
T96Fog Lamps$69.00 29,310 94.3%
UN0Delco Bose Stereo with CD$100.00 18,213 58.6%
U1SRemote Compact 12-Disc Changer$600.00 16,513 53.1%
V49Front License Plate Frame$15.00 16,087 51.8%
YF5California Emissions$170.00 3,111 10.0%
Z4ZIndy Pace Car package with auto trans$5,039.00 1,163 3.7%
Z4ZIndy Pace Car package with manual trans$5,804.00 1,163 3.7%
Z51Performance Handling Pkg.$350.00 4,249 13.7%

Color Options for 1998

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Other combinations could be ordered.
Interior Color
10UArctic White$0.00B-LG-R 3,346 10.8%
11ULight Pewter Metallic$0.00B-LG-R-LO 3,276 10.5%
144Sebring Silver Metallic$0.00B-LG-R 4,637 14.9%
21URadar Purple Metallic (Pace Car)$0.00B-Y 1,163 3.7%
244Nassau Blue Metallic$0.00B-LG-LO 1,098 3.5%
28UNavy Blue Metallic$0.00B-LG 14 0.0%
41UBlack$0.00B-LG-LO-R 6,597 21.2%
53ULight Carmine Red Metallic$0.00B-LG-LO-R 1,567 5.0%
58UAztec Gold$0.00B-LG-LO 15 0.0%
70UTorch Red$0.00B-LG-R 8,767 28.2%
87UFairway Green Metallic$0.00B-LG-R 223 0.7%
95UMedium Purple Pearl Metallic$0.00B-LG-LO 381 1.2%
Color Codes: B=Black, LG=Light Gray, R=Firethorn Red, Y=Yellow

Interior Colors

193Black$0.00 N/A N/A
194Yellow (Pace Car)$0.00 N/A N/A
673Light Oak$0.00 N/A N/A
923Light Gray$0.00 N/A N/A
943Firethorn Red$0.00 N/A N/A

Convertible Top Colors

N/ALight Oak2,37620.1%

1998 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

FeatureCoupe & Convertible
Wheelbase104.5 inches (2.654 m)
Overall length179.7 inches (4.564 m)
Overall width73.6 inches (1.869 m)
Overall height47.7 inches (1.212 m)
Front tread62.0 inches (1.575 m)
Rear tread62.1 inches (1.577 m)
Standard Tires Front/RearP245/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT / P275/40ZR-18 Goodyear Eagle GT
Ground Clearance3.7 inches
Curb Weight3,245 lbs (Coupe)
3,246 lbs (Convertible)
SteeringPower-assisted, speed-sensitive, magnetic variable-effort power rack and steering
Front suspensionIndependent SLA forged-aluminum upper and lower control arms and steering knuckle, transverse monoleaf springs, steel stabilizer bar, and spindle offset.
Rear suspensionIndependent 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.
BrakesAntilock four-wheel power disc
Body constructionFiberglass; integral perimeter frame with center backbone/all-welded steel body frame construction
Fuel tank19.1 US Gal (15.9 Imp Gal) (72 liters)

Engine Specifications

FeatureBase Engine RPO LS1
TypeV-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
BlockCast aluminum block and cylinder head
Displacement346 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke3.90" x 3.62"
Compression ratio10.1:1
Brake horsepower345 @ 5600
Torque350 lb-ft @ 4400
Main bearingFive
Valve liftersHydraulic, two valves per cylinder
Fuel supplySequential Multi-port injection (MPI) system

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