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Aztec Gold Car Number 5 out of 15 Made!

In 1998 GM experimented with a high metallic paint “Aztec Gold Metallic” for the 50th Anniversary in 2003. GM first took 5 cars and painted them. Then Will Cooksey and his team noticed that in certain light and angles the car looks like a different color from neighboring body panel. Then Corvette took 5 more cars and some advice from DuPont and tried again. With the same results Will Cooksey had an expert from DuPont fly out and try again with 5 more. The first series was painted on 10/22/1997. The second series was painted on 11/17/1997. The final five were completed on 11/26/1997. The paint results on all 15 corvettes were the same. All the body panels where removed from the cars and inspected. Then panel-by-panel each corvette was hand assembled with the panels that closely matched. It is said that no 2 Aztec Gold corvettes look the same, but if you where not looking for the differences you would never see it. GM has a high standard for consistency, so the project was cancelled for “Aztec Gold”. All 15 prototypes cars were shipped to the GM Tech Center in Warren Michigan. There was a private auction only open to GM Executives and limited number of dealers. 3 Convertibles where made, 12 where coupes for a total of 15.

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Sequence NumberBuild DateJob NumberVINModelTransmissionRPO
110/22/199789461G1YY22G8W5109036CoupeAutoGU2
210/22/199789471G1YY22GXW5109037CoupeAutoGU2
310/22/199789481G1YY22G1W5109038CoupeAutoGU2
410/22/199789491G1YY22G3W5109039CoupeAutoGU2
510/22/199789501G1YY22GXW5109040CoupeAutoGU2
611/6/1997105481G1YY22G8W5110638CoupeAutoG92
711/6/1997105491G1YY32G2W5110639ConvertibleAutoGU2
811/6/1997105501G1YY22G6W5110640CoupeAutoG92
911/6/1997105511G1YY22G8W5110641CoupeAutoG92
1011/6/1997105521G1YY22GXW5110642CoupeAutoGU2
1111/10/1997108981G1YY22G2W5110988CoupeAutoG92
1211/10/1997108991G1YY32G7W5110989ConvertibleSix-SpeedGU6
1311/10/1997109001G1YY22G0W5110990CoupeAutoG92
1411/10/1997109011G1YY32G5W5110991ConvertibleAutoGU2
1511/10/1997109021G1YY22G4W5110992CoupeAutoG92
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