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In its 45th year, the Corvette returned to offering convertible and coupe models with the debut of a "top-less" version of the C5 Corvette.

  • The convertible's glass rear window was heated and the top had an "express-down" feature that released the tonneau cover and automatically lowered the windows part way at the touch of a button.
  • New-for-1998 was a magnesium wheel option featuring lightweight wheels with a unique bronze tone.
  • Standard features included stainless steel exhaust system; Extended Mobility Tires capable of running for 200 miles with no air pressure; dual heated electric remote breakaway outside rearview mirrors; daytime running lamps; and five-mph front and rear bumpers.
  • The LS1 V-8 and four-speed automatic transmission were again the standard offering, with the T56 six-speed manual transmission optional.
  • Corvettes were available in Arctic White; Sebring Silver Metallic; Nassau Blue Metallic; Black; Light Carmine Red Metallic; Torch Red; Magnetic Red II Clear Coat; and Fairway Green Metallic.
  • Leather seats were standard and came in Black; Yellow; Light Oak; Light Gray; and Firethorn Red.
  • Convertible tops came in Black, Light Oak, and White.


  • The serial number [Vehicle Identification Number -- VIN] was stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.
  • The coupe serial numbers ranged from 1G1YY22G*W5100001 to 1G1YY22G*W5131069
  • The convertible serial numbers ranged from 1G1YY32G*W5100001 to 1G1YY32G*W5131069
Position Character Description
1 1 US built
2 G General Motors product
3 1 Chevrolet Motor Division vehicle
4 & 5 YY Corvette
6 2 or 3 Body style number
  • 2 = Two door hatchback style 07, 08, 77, or 87
  • 3 = Two-door convertible GM body style 67
7 2 or 4 2=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
8 G LS1 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
10 W The model year where 1998
11 5 Bowling Green, KY
12-17 100001 and up production sequence for coupes and convertibles
  • The 1998 Corvette exterior colors were:
    • 10 = Arctic White
    • 13 = Sebring Silver Metallic
    • 23 = Nassau Blue Metallic
    • 41 = Black
    • 53 = Light Carmine Red Metallic
    • 70 = Torch Red
    • 86U = Magnetic Red II Clear Coat
    • 87 = Fairway Green Metallic
  • Upholstery Codes
Color Leather Upholstery
Black 193
Light Oak 673
Light Gray 923
Red 943
Yellow ???


Model Model No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
Coupe 1Y Y07
2-dr. Hatch Coupe - 2 passenger

2-dr. Hatch Coupe - 2 passenger

$37,495 3245 19,235
Convertible 1Y Y67
2-dr. Convertiple - 2 passenger

2-dr. Convertiple - 2 passenger

$44,425 3246 11,849


Feature Standard Engine (RPO LS1)
Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
Block Cast aluminum block and cylinder head
Displacement 346 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 3.90" x 3.62"
Compression ratio 10.1:1
Brake horsepower 345 @ 5600
Torque 350 lb-ft @ 4400
Main bearing five
Valve lifters hydraulic, two valves per cylinder
Fuel supply Sequential Multi-port injection (MPI) system


  • Four Speed Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission (TMH 700-R4) with floor-mounted gear shifter
  • Six-speed Borg-Warner Manual with floor-mounted gear shifter


Feature Coupe & Convertible
Wheelbase 104.5 inches (2.654 m)
Overall length 179.7 inches (4.564 m)
Overall width 73.6 inches (1.869 m)
Overall height 47.7 inches (1.212 m)
Front tread 62.0 inches (1.575 m)
Rear tread 62.1 inches (1.577 m)
Standard Tires Front/Rear P245/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT / P275/40ZR-18 Goodyear Eagle GT
Steering rack and pinion (power assisted)
Front suspension Independent SLA forged-aluminum upper and lower control arms and steering knuckle, transverse monoleaf springs, steel stabilizer bar, and spindle offset.
Rear suspension Independent 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.
Brakes Antilock four-wheel power disc
Body construction Fiberglass; integral perimeter frame with center backbone/all-welded steel body frame construction
Fuel tank 19.1 US Gal (15.9 Imp Gal) (72 liters)


RPO AAB Memory package to recall settings for
  • outside rearview mirrors
  • radio
  • power seats
  • heating-ventilation and air-conditioning Controls
RPO AG2 Power six-way passenger seat $305
RPO AQ9 Sport seats $625
RPO B34 Front floor mats $25
RPO B84 Body side moldings $75
RPO CC3 Roof panel with blue tint $650
RPO C2L Dual body color-keyed roof panel and blue transparent roof panel $950
RPO CJ2 Dual-zone air conditioning $365
RPO D42 Luggage shade and cargo net $50
RPO F45 Continuously Variable Real Time Damping, not available with RPO ZS1 package $1695
RPO G92 Performance axle ratio, not available with six-speed manual transmission $100
RPO JL4 Active-handling system $500
RPO MN6 Six-speed manual transmission $815
RPO NG1 Massachusetts/New York emissions requirements $170
RPO N73 Custom magnesium wheels $3,000
RPO T96 Fog lamps $65
RPO UNO Delco-Bose music system $100
RPO UlS Remote CD changer $600
RPO V49 Front license plate frame $15
RPO CYF California emissions system $170
RPO Z4Z Indy Pace Car package with automatic transmission $5,039
RPO Z4Z Indy Pace Car package with manual transmission $5,804
RPO Z51 Performance handling package with Bilstein adjustable Ride-Control system $350


1998 Corvette Notes

  • Model-year production was 31,084 units.
  • For the fourth time (1978, 1986, 1995,1998), a Corvette was selected to pace the Indianapolis 500 with Indy 500 veteran Parnelli Jones driving the purple and yellow pace car.
  • Corvette made its long-awaited return to Trans-Am racing successful by placing first in the 1998 season-opening event on the street circuit at Long Beach, California, in the No.8 AutoLink Corvette driven by veteran road racer Paul Gentilozzi.
  • A total of 1,163 Corvettes had the Indy Pace Car package.


1998 Corvette

1998 Corvette

1998 Corvette

1998 Corvette