This slick 1998 Corvette represents one of the biggest bangs for the buck anywhere. Nicely maintained and not modified under the hood, it's one of those clean drivers that tend to stand out at car shows and on the highway. It's got the right colors, a 6-speed, and no stories, and for under $20 grand, you just can't go any faster. Dressing your 'Vette in Torch Red is never a bad choice, and the clean lines of the C5 seem to work especially well when they're attracting attention. This one shows off the ministrations of a dedicated owner who made sure it was always clean and waxed, and given the relatively low mileage, it wasn't used in the daily grind. As a result, the usual high-wear areas are in good shape with some chips and scrapes, but nothing that you'll notice from even five feet away. Sure, it's almost 20 years old, so there are some signs of age, but like most Corvettes, this one has definitely led an easy life. Other pleasant surprises include the tinted windows, which look awesome against the red car, the optional "Stinger" on the sides of the bodywork, and two tops, which were an extra-cost option. This car just looks right. Black leather is a great complement to the Torch Red paint, and this C5 appears to be an unusual find, sporting only the go-fast options but precious little else. That means standard buckets, which are actually a lot lighter than the Sport seats and every bit as comfortable (and rarer!). The leather remains in nice condition with only a small split on the high-traffic area on the outer bolster. Bright gauges with electro-luminescent dials look as cool today as they did in 1998, and you'll note that little button on the center console for the traction control, just in case some burnouts are in your future. Manual A/C is another interesting feature, although it does carry standard power windows, locks, and seats, cruise control, and a Bose AM/FM/CD stereo system all make this Corvette as much a luxury cruiser as back road burner. It also has great storage capacity with a remarkably big trunk, and even back there the carpets show very little wear. The 346 cubic inch LS1 engine needs no introduction, although it's somewhat disguised under the heavy plastic coil covers. In the years since its introduction, these engines have proven to be incredibly reliable and durable, and there's a huge variety of aftermarket performance parts available for them. Fortunately, this one has led an easy life and still carries its factory-spec components, suggesting that it hasn't been raced or abused. But even in stock form, the LS1 is a formidable performer, even today, and the flexible power band makes it a joy to drive in traffic or on the open road. Remarkably, the 6-speed manual transmission was optional and most C5s are automatics, so this red 'Vette is snappy around town yet the tall gearing makes it a superlative highway cruiser. Even the exhaust system is completely stock and it's so clean underneath that you have to wonder if this car has ever seen the rain. Stock C5 wheels are still a clean design that looks great, and they carry factory-spec 245/45/17 front and 275/40/18 rear Goodyear run-flat tires. C5 Corvettes aren't just great cars, they're incredible bargains, too. If you want one that's been gently used but will still stand out from the crowd, this is an awesome choice. Call today!