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More than five decades ago, then-General Motors engineer Zora Arkus Duntov had a dream; to see the Chevrolet Corvette transformed into a serious performance car. Intended or not, the fifth generation Corvette (C5), which debuted in 1997, fulfilled that dream. With its 5.7-liter V8 engine, sharp handling and improved structural rigidity, the C5 was a true bargain when compared to many other sports cars.