Tastefully Modified Chevy Corvette C5 Z06 with Sleepy Headlights

Tastefully modified Chevy Corvette C5 Z06 with sleepy headlights

There is something raw and elegant about the design of the Chevy Corvette C5. Its muscular curves, giant hood, and predatory front end with pop-up headlights resemble the design of both C3 and C4 generations. Despite being designed in the mid-90s under the influence of the popular-then new edge styling, the car preserved the original proportions and styling cures of the previous Corvette models.

Thanks to the unmistakable design, serious performance, current pricing on the market of the used car, and, probably the pop-up headlights, loved so much by car enthusiasts around the world, the C5 is experiencing a second reborn. It’s safe to say that it’s aging nicely, and slowly moving to the category of modern classics, which makes the car even more desirable today.

“it’s aging nicely, and slowly moving to the category of modern classics”

Chevy Corvette Z06 C5 Race edition carbon fiber spoiler
Race Edition Carbon Fiber Spoiler

“You don’t need much to outline the performance nature of a C5. Get a set of propper wheels, matched with the right suspension height, add a pair or two exterior add-ons, and your stock Corvette is ready to steal any show.”

If you are a lucky owner of a C5 or looking to get one anytime soon, it’s always nice to make up a kind of blueprint of the future build in your head to prioritize your goals and spend money on mods wisely. But which parts should you consider foremost and what things to start with? No one will give you better advice than an owner of a C5 who has already completed his own modifications project (if such projects ever get to be completed). That’s why we decided to get in touch with Edgar Q. Stockton from California, who was kind enough to talk with us about the mods and upgrades done to his car.

Chevu Corvette C5 Z06 Sleepy headlights LED mode
Sleepy headlights conversion is one of the best mods for the C5s. If you don’t know, the stock headlights on these cars are not that good and you can barely see at night

How did you get into the muscle car scene?

– Family always owned muscle cars, so I guess you can say it’s in the family haha.

Black Stanced Chevy Corvette C5 with BC Coilovers

Why did you choose a Chevy Corvette C5?

– Always liked the flip up headlights and corvettes, so best of both worlds.

What inspired you to choose this modification style?

– Self motivation, always wanted to build an all motor car for myself.

Stanced Corvette C5 Z06 with ZR carbon fiber side skirts and C5R carbon Fiber Lip
ZR carbon fiber side skirts and C5R carbon Fiber Lip
Chevy Corvette C6 Z06 Oem Spyder wheels
This C5 sits on a set of BC Racing Coilovers and C6 OEM Spyder Wheels.

What challenges did you face while putting it together?

– Choosing the right specs so that everything could function properly.

What do you love about your car?

– Sleepy headlights conversion, if you don’t know the stock headlights on these cars are not that good and can barely see at night. These new headlight are very bright so really love them.

LED headlights for Chevy Corvette C5 Z06

Is it your daily or a weekend ride?

– Was my daily for a bit but now it’s more of a weekend car.

Do you take it to local car shows or a race track?

– I try to make it to as many car show as I can. Only taken it to the drag strip once when it was cam only.

2003 Chevy Corvette Z06 Specs

Performance modifications

  • 103mm MSD Atomic intake manifold
  • 102mm Nick Williams throttle body
  • Halltech systems Killer Bee Cold Air Intake
  • MSD coil packs
  • MSD 2-step
  • 42 lbs injectors
  • Speed Engineering long tubes and x-pipe
  • Borla Performance Exhaust (straight axle back)
  • Texas Speed MS3 cam

103mm MSD Atomic intake manifold

MSD coil packs
Clean and stylish engine bay with 103mm MSD Atomic intake manifold and MSD coil pack.


Black Chevy Corvette C5 with lowered suspension

Black Chevy Corvette With C5R front bumper lip


  • OEM C6 Z06 Spyders

Exterior mods

  • C5R carbon fiber lip
  • ZR carbon fiber side skirts
  • Race edition carbon fiber spoiler
  • Tracspec motorsports hood vents
  • Halltech systems front plate vent

Chevy Corvette custom LED taillights with stripes

What are your future plans for this car?

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– Will soon be getting new wheels, probably going with Forgestars F14s.

Chevy Corvette C5 on air suspension

Anything else you would like to share about your car or about modifying cars in general?

– This is a passion and we keep doing it as long as we can. Hopefully, my next build will be a C4 corvette so stay tuned!

Watch the progress and find out more about this Chevy Corvette Z06 project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @stock_ls6!

Modified chevy corvette C5 Z06

Related Parts & Mods🛒

– Inspired by this clean Vette build and looking to modify your own C5 in a similar way? You may want to check out the following parts selected by our team and bull park the cost of such project:





Air Intake


ECU Tuner / Performance Programmer

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