YouTuber Buys Cheapest Cammed C5 Corvette Z06 in the USA

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Corvette appears to have been properly repaired, but it still needs some work and it cost around $10k.

The video above comes to us from the Garage Topics YouTube channel and it features what new owner Michael Seymour believes to be the cheapest cammed C5 Corvette Z06 in the U.S.A. He got the price that he did because the car had been badly crashed and repaired, so it has a rebuilt title, but the car looks pretty good and it drives straight. More importantly, this Z06 sounds wicked at idle thanks to the aftermarket camshaft, headers and exhaust, but with a price “around $10,000”, did Seymour get a good deal?

The Introduction

The video begins with a quick clip of the C5 Z06 is idle, followed by a short segment where Seymour explains why he bought this particular car. He had been considering an LS-swap project, possibly an E36 BMW M3, but he found this Corvette online. It had a rebuilt title because it had been badly wrecked, but a previous owner bought the car back from the insurance company and performed the repairs.

Cheap C5 Corvette Z06 Intro

We find out later on that a previous owner installed the Vengeance Racing camshaft, a set of Texas Speed longtube headers and other performance upgrades with roughly 129,000 miles on the odometer, but he sold it shortly after. Unfortunately, the buyer wrecked it right away, at which point the initial owner bought the car, replacing the body panels and some rear suspension bits.

Cheap C5 Corvette Z06 Wrecked

Also, after buying it, he drove it for about 90 minutes to get it home and it drove well, but it has some issues that he doesn’t disclose in this video. He does say that he paid around $10,000, but he also includes the extensive modification list, so he bought a modified C5 Z06 with a rebuilt title and the need for more work for around $10,000.

Cheap C5 Corvette Z06 Fix

The “Issues”

Seymour mentions several times that the Corvette has issues that he will address in a later video, but he does point out a few of the things that he aims to repair. The paint could use some love in a few places including the passenger’s side front fender and around the rear window, but the ugliest aesthetic issues are under the hood.

C5 Corvette Z06 BAd Paint

The previous owner painted half the stock coil packs red and it looks kind of tacky, but the previous owner also painted the air intake tube red, then black, and the black paint is chipping off.

Corvette Z06 Coil Packs

However, with the hood closed, the new owner states that Z06 has a five-foot paint job, provided that you are looking at the driver’s side. The inside looks pretty good with the C6 seats and shifter, but it needs a shift boot.

C5 Corvette Z06 Rear

Seymour closes by urging critics of the Corvette to go out and drive one, as he “bashed on the cars for years”, but once he drove one, he was amazed at how well they drive. He was amazed enough to buy one.

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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