1998 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Convertible
1998 CHEVROLET CORVETTE PACE CAR, 4300 MILES, MANUAL, 1 OF 1158, EXCELLENT SHAPE
This is a beautiful 1998 Pace Car Corvette Replica finished in Radar Blue exterior paint, featuring yellow wheels and a yellow graphics package with a checkered flag motif that stretches from the front grill to the rear of the car. The car's interior is similarly appointed with black and yellow leather. This car has under 4,300 miles and is in perfect condition. Truly a collectable grade Limited Edition Corvette
While it was not the rarest Corvette Pace Car Replica ever manufactured by GM, the 1998 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Replica was and remains – one of the most desirable pace car replicas ever made.
Before 1998, Corvette had served as the official pace car of the Indianapolis 500 a total of 3 times – in 1978, 1986 and 1995. Each time the Corvette made an appearance, Chevrolet would commemorate the occasion by building a limited-edition replica. It seemed only fitting therefore that, when it was announced that the 1998 Corvette would once more lead the field at the Indianapolis 500, that GM would build a replica to commemorate the event.
The car, which could be ordered by consumers via Regular Production Option (RPO) Z4Z, included an added cost of $5,039.00 (or $5,804.00 for customers who wanted their cars equipped with a manual transmission like this car) over the base price of $44,425.00!
For that price, consumers were treated to a Corvette Pace Car Replica packed full of options including: an upgraded Delco radio with CD player, a digital clock, an anti-theft system, and Bose speakers. Both the driver and passenger sports seats were power-adjustable and had memory functions.
The 1998 Corvette that served as the official pace-car from the race was virtually identical to the production model variants that were built to commemorate the event. Unlike most other pace cars, which require mechanical modifications to bolster the car's performance to meet the rigors of pacing the massive racetrack, the Corvette came equipped with enough horsepower to handle the demands of leading the pack with ease.
Chevrolet manufactured 1,158 pace-car replica convertibles for distribution to dealerships across the United States. The car also has the distinction of being the first Corvette Pace Car to have its Indianapolis 500 livery applied by the factory, not the owner.
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