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The 1999 model year brought a third body style to the C5 Corvette: the hardtop, also known as the fixed-roof coupe. Originally conceived as a budget alternative to the Targa top and the convertible to broaden the 1999 C5 Corvette's appeal as a high-performance but no-nonsense vehicle among consumers, the new hardtop was not all that much cheaper than its sister vehicles. In fact, at $38,777, it cost only $400 less than the coupe's base price.
Basically a convertible with a hard top, the fixed-roof coupe came with a trunk and similar appointments. Weighing 80 pounds less than the coupe, it could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds, according to Motor Trend. It was more rigid than the Targa-top coupe and somewhat Spartan in that it didn't offer all the options available for the convertible and sports coupe. Still, it came with a six-speed manual transmission and an improved Z51 suspension standard. CorvetteMods.com carries parts and accessories for the 1999 C5 Corvette, including the Corvette C5 1999-2004 Z06 & fixed roof coupe shorty antennas.
Color choices for the hardtop were limited to black, arctic white, torch red, Nassau blue and light pewter metallic. Buyers of the convertible or coupe had all these choices plus Sebring silver metallic, navy blue metallic and magnetic red metallic.
New options for 1999 included a power telescoping steering column and Twilight Sentinel, which opened and turned on the headlights at dark. One particularly popular option for the coupe and convertible was the head-up display, which gave a spaceship effect to a car ride by projecting dashboard data on the windshield in front of the driver.
Bolstered by the addition of the hardtop, production increased slightly in 1999, to 33,270, including 18,078 coupes, 11,161 convertibles and 4,031 hardtops.