You can’t really get much more performance per dollar than a C5 Z06 like this 2001 located in Calexico, CA (via ebay). For $
14500 (update 7/18 price reduced to $13850) cash you get a 385 hp rocketship with 6 spd transaxle and a salvaged title. Before you start screaming “NO NO NO salvaged titles, they won’t let me onto Amelia Island” – you can find Z06s with clean titles for $2-3k more, still within dailyturismo’s window of “15k” but this car fits the bill for a good dailyturismo.
The Z06 was a $8k option on a C5 corvette ‘fixed roof coupe’ (approx $40k base price in 2001) and could get you to 60mph in just about 4 seconds. The quarter mile is reached in the low 12 second range.
Z06 comes with the factory V8, a 5.7liter LS6 with 385 hp and 405
ft-lbs of torque. The engine puts its power down through a 6 speed
transaxle (located in the rear to aid weight distribution) and into Z06
specific 18×10.5 inch wheels in the back. Did I mention that balsa wood is used into the frame and it uses ox-cart derived transverse leaf springs for suspension?
a Z06 is identified by a few “Z06” badges and huge brake cooling vents
just in front of the rear wheels (and a few other little details). In 2001 approximately 5700 guys took time off ordering sleeveless t-shirts on the internet and ordered the Z06 option package (probably to keep their mullets safe from wind that you would encounter in the convertible).
set of truck scales the C5 Z06 is a featherweight at 3115 lbs, thanks
in part to a wicked looking titanium exhaust system with quad tips that
replaces the heavier stock steel piece.
Is this car hot…or is it just Calexico’s weather?