Corvette’s fifth generation drew to an end with the 2004 Corvette. To mark the end of the C5 generation, GM introduced a special Commemorative Edition Corvette. This Corvette was designed to honor Corvette’s return to racing. The Commemorative Edition 2004 Corvettes featured LeMans Blue paint and Shale interior. Convertible, Coupe, and Z06 models were available in this special commemorative edition. Special LeMans and Corvette C5 emblems were featured on the car along with the headrests.

Additionally introduced with the the commemorative package on all of the specially equipped coupes and convertibles were the polished alloy wheels. This could be ordered as part of the regular equipment group, and was also available for either the coupe or convertible upgrade at an additional cost. The Commemorative Edition option for the Z06 Coupe included a carbon-fiber hood which help minimize the nose weight of the car, reducing the weight by 10.6 pounds. The 2004 Z06 special edition received additional testing at the Nürburgring (a world renowned race track and proving ground for many of the top automotive  manufacturers), which resulted in many mechanical improvements for the vehicle. These improvements include: revised damping for the Sachs gas-pressure shock absorbers, stiffer bushings for the upper control arms, and softer bushings for the rear anti-roll bar.

Total 2004 Corvettes Built – 34,064
Total 2004 Coupes – 16,165
Total 2004 Convertibles – 12,216
Total 2004 Z06 Hardtop – 5,683

Mechanical dimensions

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 47.9 inches (1.217 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 Power Rack and Pinion
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 toe 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 18.5 US Gal.


ENGINE specifications

Feature Base Engine RPO LS1 Z06 Engine RPO LS6
Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
Block All Aluminum All Aluminum
Displacement 346 cid (5.7 liters) 346 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 3.90″ x 3.62″ 3.90″ x 3.62″
Compression Ratio 10.1:1 10.5:1
Brake Horsepower 350 @ 5600 405 @ 6000
Torque 360 lb-ft @ 4000 400 lb-ft @ 4800
Main Bearing Five Five
Valve lifters Hydraulic, two valves per cylinder Hydraulic, two valves per cylinder
Fuel supply Sequential Multi-port injection (MPI) system Sequential Multi-port injection (MPI) system

Color Options 

  • Arctic White
  • Le mans Blue Metallic
  • Black
  • Machine Silver
  • Torch Red
  • Millennium Yellow W/  Tint
  • Magnetic Red Metallic II
  • Medium Spiral Gray Metallic

Interior Colors 

  • Shale Commemorative
  • Black
  • Light Oak
  • Torch Red
  • Black/Torch Red (Z06)
  • Light Gray


2004 Corvette

2004 Lemans Blue Corvette