Feast your eyes on this glorious creation that screams everything American. Corvette? Yes. Lifted? Yes. Giant tires with an overhang that would be illegal almost everywhere else? Absolutely. This 1999 Chevy C5 Corvette is complete with Z71 off-road decals and could very well be yours as it’s for sale on Facebook Marketplace for just $8,500.
Lifted C5 Corvette: Details
According to Jalopnik, the owner has a history of building things like this and has even lifted a C4 Corvette in the past. From the looks of this thing, he knows what he’s doing, and care was taken to modify it. The seller says the C5 has a four-inch lift and rides on 33-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires. What makes things more interesting is that the wheel lug pattern suggests they’re for a Jeep Wrangler.
To achieve the lift, a rubber block was fitted over the Corvette’s leaf spring suspension, which resulted in a two-inch front lift and just over two and a half in the rear. With the size of the tires, the owner had to cut into the fenders and wheel wells of the C5 so that the tires would fit in with some clearance. But once the tires were on, steering was non-existent, and a set of coil-over springs were added.
While the massive tires hinder the performance of the C5 Corvette, the owner still managed to clock a 6.7 second 0-60 time which is still pretty quick but a significant hit to the original C5 time of 4.8 or 5.1 seconds. You can see the build and the C5 Off-Road Corvette in action on YouTube, where the owner documented it all. Overall, the result is the best of both worlds: a car that can do burnouts (though with tires that cost around $1,000 a set, you may not want to) and one that can ford a small river or stream and tackle some dirt roads. What more could you want?