The 1999 Chevrolet Corvette C5 might be the ultimate bargain performance car

Jay Leno’s Garage is a great place to learn about all kinds of cars. There’s a good reason for the 3 plus million subscribers to the YouTube channel. In the video, Jay Leno talks about one of his personal cars – a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette C5. Although there are three more generations after it, the car was the pinnacle of sports car technology at the time, especially for its price.

The 1999 Chevrolet Corvette Might Have Been the Best Performance Bargain Ever
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Jay loves a car with a good story and this Corvette is no exception. He actually got it as a reward for driving the 1999 Indy 500 pace car. The blue C5 was actually a demo car with about 2,500 miles on the clock. It has been in Leno’s collection for 22 years now and he still enjoys it.

According to the eccentric car collector, the C5 does not get the credit it deserves, as it does not have the fine finish of some European cars. However, the beauty of the Corvette has always been in its simplicity and attainability, at least compared to something like a Ferrari F355, for example. To those who make fun of the pushrod V-8 engine, Jay points out that the unit is simple and bulletproof. Moreover, the OHV design allows for a low engine profile, which translates into a lower center of gravity. There’s a reason the cars in NASCAR still use this design.

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He goes into even more detail, about the C5, talking about the practicality, interior ergonomics, and how well it has held over the years. The Corvette has always been the most recognized American sports car and for a good reason.

Even today, its 350 horsepower is enough to make you grin from ear to ear, while enjoying some epic V-8 notes.
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Moreover, as Jay says, “it’s a truly egalitarian car”. It’s genuinely attainable for people who are willing to work hard. This in itself makes the Corvette a winner and the C5 is currently one of the most affordable ones out there, starting from as little as $15,000.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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