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25 Unique Corvette Models That Will Go Down In History

Cameron EittreimOctober 14, 2019

Corvette 427 Via Motor Trend
Corvette 427 via Motor Trend

8. 2008 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Crystal Red Limited Edition

Even though the recession hit in 2008, the year was still a great one for new limited-edition vehicles. The Corvette came in a rare edition known as the 427 Crystal Red. What makes this Corvette unique aside from the 427 engine is the limited edition Crystal red paint job. This was one of the last C6 Corvettes available in a special package and these models are extremely rare. The 427 option was a deal-specific option generally only available at top-tier Chevrolet dealerships.

Corvette 427 Via Motor Trend
Corvette 427 via Motor Trend

In addition to the limited edition paint scheme, the engine cover had special yellow lettering and matching red Corvette lettering throughout the car. The 427 Crystal Red edition is a limited edition Corvette that you can still get your hands on.

Corvette Z06 GT1 Via Motor Trend
Corvette Z06 GT1 via Motor Trend

7. 2009 Chevrolet Corvette GTI Championship Edition

When it comes to limited-edition Corvette models, 2009 was an exceptional year for the brand. The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette GTI Championship Edition is another race-inspired sports car that introduces buyers into another level of Corvette. The Championship Edition is a car that commemorates the wins of the Corvette brand in the worldwide Le Mans race. The GTI Championship Edition was made in a small production amount of 600. When it comes to recent Corvette models that have become collectible, the GTI Championship Edition stands out.

Corvette Z06 GT1 Via Motor Trend
Corvette Z06 GT1 via Motor Trend

You get all of the benefits of driving a modern car and the rarity of a limited edition Corvette model. Not to mention the fact that the C6 is one of the most well-designed Corvette models to hit the road. The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette GTI Championship Edition is certainly one of the rarest Corvette models to hit the road, and also one of the most fun to drive.

Indy 500 Pace Car Via Meccum
Indy 500 Pace Car via Mecum

6. 1998 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica

Chevrolet has a history of sponsoring NASCAR as a brand, and the Corvette has been a central figure in this. Dealerships in the late 90s were greeted by the special edition 1998 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica. The car was made to look exactly like the authentic pace car, which introduced the world to the new Corvette. The car has unique features such as a two-tone interior that features pin-striped leather seating. The 1998 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica featured a unique yellow dashboard and matching yellow alloy rims.

Indy 500 Pace Car Via Meccum
Indy 500 Pace Car via Mecum

Nothing about the car has increased in terms of performance, but wouldn’t it be nice to drive around in a real pace car? The 1998 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica certainly fits the bill as one unique-looking C5 Corvette. You’ll still find these Pace Car Replicas around from time to time, and in good condition, this is one fun-to-drive Corvette that gets a lot of attention.

2003 50th Anniversary Via Motor Trend
2003 50th Anniversary via Motor Trend

5. 2003 50th Anniversary Edition

The C5 Corvette just looks good in red, and in this case, it’s Xirallic Crystal. The 50th anniversary Corvette was a beautiful car to look at. The champagne-colored wheels and the astonishingly beautiful paint job to let you know that you were looking at something unique. 2003 was a good year for Chevy and the 50th Anniversary Edition got an upgraded interior with custom stitched seats and a navigation system. The 50th Anniversary Edition also introduced the world to Magnetic Ride Control, which gives this Corvette a subtle and smooth ride.

2003 50th Anniversary Via Motor Trend
2003 50th Anniversary via Motor Trend

The 2003 50th Anniversary Edition was only available in a convertible, and if you’re looking for one of these beauties you can expect to cough up some dough. The 2003 50th Anniversary Edition is perhaps one of the most highly sought-after C5 Corvettes.

2004 Z06 Via Motor Trend
2004 Z06 via Motor Trend

4. 2004 Commemorative Edition

The final year of the C5 was a somber one for GM. Even though the C6 was a much-improved Corvette model, the C5 had introduced the world to the modern Corvette. The 2004 Commemorative Edition sent the C5 off in style with a special edition Le Mans blue paint scheme and an embroidered set of headrests. The 2004 Commemorative Edition also came in a Z06 package which included racing alloys and all the enhancements that make the Z06 a serious track vehicle.

2004 Z06 Via Motor Trend
2004 Z06 via Motor Trend

If you’ve been searching high and low for a C5 with some attitude, the 2004 Commemorative Edition fits the bill. This beautiful Corvette is one of the best handling sports cars to come out in the new millennium.

2007 Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 Via Car And Driver
2007 Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 via Car And Driver

3. 2007 Z06 Ron Fellows Championship Edition

Like it or not, the Corvette has made a name for itself in the racing world. Ron Fellows was one of the key people behind that dominance. As such, the 2007 Z06 Ron Fellows Championship Edition is a Corvette with some history behind it. The paint scheme is unique to this car with red stripes along with the front fenders and Corvette across the windshield. In addition to those enhancements, there’s also a lip spoiler and 20-inch chrome wheels wrapped in Goodyear tires. The 2007 Z06 Ron Fellows Championship Edition stands out at one of the most unique C6 Corvettes to hit the collectors market.

2007 Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 Via Car And Driver
2007 Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 via Car And Driver

If you’ve been following the Corvette racing scene for years then you’ll know how important this specific car is to Corvette culture. If you want to own a piece of automotive history, the 2008 Corvette ZHZ Ron Fellows Championship Edition is a great choice.

2007 Indy 500 Via Motor Trend
2007 Indy 500 via Motor Trend

2. 2007 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica

How did GM go about introducing the world to the new C6? Well, they went the pace car route, of course. The 2007 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica is another nod to GM’s performance heritage and the car was sold at top-tier Chevrolet dealerships for the 2007 model year. If you’re a person who loves Indy car racing and want to show it off, the 2007 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica is the way to do it. Only available in a convertible, the Atomic Orange C6 stands out from the crowd in every aspect, from its stitched seats to the Indy 500 Logos in the doors.

2007 Indy 500 Via Motor Trend
2007 Indy 500 via Motor Trend

The 2007 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica is actually fairly easy to find on the used car market, but the value of this car has skyrocketed so you can expect to pay a pretty penny.

2008 Corvette ZHZ Via Motor Trend
2008 Corvette ZHZ via Motor Trend

1. 2008 Corvette ZHZ

Finally, the most unique Corvette to hit the road in recent years was actually one that anyone could rent. The 2008 Corvette ZHZ was a limited run of 500 vehicles that were made especially for the Hertz Rental Car Company. Notable upgrades over the average Corvette include seven-spoke special edition chrome wheels and an automatic exhaust switch which allows the driver to open and close the exhaust. The ZHZ was only available in a coupe version, and it featured either all-yellow paint or yellow paint with black stripes. The 2008 Corvette ZHZ is a wicked-looking ride and one of the most notable Corvettes.

2008 Corvette ZHZ Via Motor Trend
2008 Corvette ZHZ via Motor Trend

You can still find the 2008 Corvette ZHZ on the used car market for a reasonable price as the used car stigma seems to scare people away from it. Still, for the price, you’ll get a pretty rare piece of automotive history that looks great and is fun to drive too. When it comes to limited edition sports cars, the Hertz line of exotics still manages to look great even after all this time.

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