This 1997 Chevrolet Corvette has that perfect balance of legendary pedigree and modern convenience. It's a low-mileage and value-priced example of the first-ever C5. Red was the most popular color for this debut year for the C5. Sure, that always looks good, but there's something about the Arctic White here that really has our attention. The odometer is believed to reflect the car's full actual mileage, and that means this has averaged under 1,900 miles annually. So the factory paint still has a gloss that loves to radiate in the sunshine. You'll be hard-pressed to find signs of use, and that continues to get more impressive every year this gets closer to the quarter-century mark. So as its status matures into a full classic, it just seems like this first-year C5 looks even more preserved when in such a pristine white. The whole exterior seems like a benchmark of preservation where it has just received good care to make sure the panels look their best and the headlights rest flush. The pewter gray and black interior has a handsome style. It looks just as well preserved as the exterior. So while this one doesn't look like it has spent much time ever with the targa roof out, you'll also happily share the setup with the world. This kind of new-school classic comes with plenty of great modern features. It includes a Bose premium stereo, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual airbags, power windows, power locks, anti-theft system, keyless entry, and plenty of trunk space to stow both the targa top and a weekend's worth of luggage. You even have dual-zone A/C automatic climate control. So that you and your passenger can individually dial-in the ideal temperature. The driver's seat probably shows the most signs of use out of anywhere, but it's still quite clean and complete. This leather-wrapped high-back bucket power adjusts for the ideal comfort, and the sports steering wheel, tilt column, and full gauge package make this feel like a commanding position. The 5.7-liter LS1 motor is what will really make the C5 a mainstay classic. It was a valuable leap forward in technology and power. This fuel-injected V8 was rated at 345 horsepower right from the factory, and it firmly established the C5 as the new benchmark sports car. So while we all know today how these can easily accept modifications, it's nice to see this significant motor looks so refreshingly stock in this preserved coupe. The four-speed automatic transmission is good for quick downshifts as well as overdrive cruising. There's also power steering, four-wheel disc brakes, cruise control, and a fully independent sports suspension. So all Corvettes are made to be the meanest Saturday night cruisers around, but this one is also good for cross-country road trips. Complete with owner's manual, this is the first-year C5 that has the right look and preservation for a great collector car. So it's time to grab it while the price is still so affordable. Call today!