2003 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, 50 Year Anniversary Edition

          61,200 miles, 5.7L, 350HP V8, $23,000 

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To mark the Corvette's first half-century of production, Chevrolet offered a 50th Anniversary Special Edition 2003 Corvette. Available only on coupes and convertibles, the package included a handsome metallic-burgundy Anniversary Red exterior with champagne-painted wheels and specific badges; a shale interior was highlighted with embroidered emblems on the seats and floor mats, armrests, and grips. The 50th Anniversary convertible also had a shale-hued top. The RPO 1SC Preferred Equipment Group 2 added $5,000 to the cost of a base coupe or convertible.

Also standard with the golden-anniversary model was a new F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension. Similar to the system GM introduced on the 2002 Cadillac STS, the system used a unique damper design to govern wheel and body motion via "Magneto-Rheological" fluid in each shock absorber. Simply put, this is synthetic oil permeated with millions of minute iron balls that float uniformly within the shock fluid. Adjusting the current feed to an electromagnetic coil causes the ball-imbued fluid to change viscosity -- and thus the shock absorber's damping -- with the ability to go from no damping to virtually solid damping.

The F55 suspension was designed to make such adjustments at the blinding rate of about 1,000 times per second, governed by a dual-processor computer chip and based on the car's speed, steering-wheel angle, wheel travel, lateral acceleration, braking, and even the outside temperature. The system was designed to isolate and smooth the action of each tire to help minimize bouncing, vibration, and noise. The result was a quieter, flatter ride with more responsive and precise handling, especially during sudden high-speed maneuvers. The system worked in tandem with both the Corvette's traction-control and antilock braking systems to afford maximum balance and stability over a full range of road conditions. For the heartiest motorists willing to trade some ride comfort for additional road feel, a console-mounted switch afforded a change from "Tour" to "Sport" mode.

Enthusiast-magazine testers came away duly impressed by the F55 system's ability to maintain control and reduce ride harshness when traversing large bumps or dips at speed, and its ability to absorb pavement imperfections and eschew superfluous suspension travel without sacrificing road feel. The alternate "Sport" mode was appreciated, but its greater degree of control and subsequently harsher ride was noted to be more appropriate for running hot laps on a race track than it was in daily driving. The Magnetic Selective Ride Control's added heft, just over 13 pounds, precluded the new system from being offered on the high-performance Z06, however, where every ounce of added weight was looked upon with disdain.

 Link2003 Corvetter 50th Anniversary Edition

 Link2003 Corvette Specifications

 Link2003 Corvette at Cars.com

"What's wrong with it?"  

The car was recently inherited and is being sold for no other reason than it is not practical for the families that have rights to it. 

The car is clean but it is not pristine.  The carpets and leather reveal normal wear but there are flaws with this 6 year old car. 

First, the fold-down sun shades' (driver and passenger) need to be replaced outright, not cleaned.

Second, there are three cracks that buyer's may wish to repair;

    One on the driver's side door - it looks like it was opened into another car.

    Two within the right rear wheel-well.

The car needs to be detailed, and the cigarette lighter stuck back in its socket.  Understanding it needs some work, we are selling almost $3,000 below "Fair" Blue Book.

The VIN number is shown below if you want to do a CarFax report, they claim to have 7 "records."  The car has had one owner, has not been in any accidents, and has been garaged for all 6 years.  There is no signs of rust and it runs fantastic.