With the debut of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible, Chevrolet added the first Z06 with a drop top to its portfolio since the single 1963 Corvette convertible was ordered with the optional RPO Z06 package. That is unless you count this car, the 2001 GMMG/Skunk Werks Z06 convertible, which is set to go under the gavel at Barret-Jackson’s upcoming Las Vegas auction.
The car started life as a standard hardtop Z06 and was converted to a drop-top by modification company Skunk Werks. Six of the aftermarket C5 Z06 convertibles were made and only two stayed in the US, with the other four making their way north to Canada. Skunk Werks originally planned to build 50 of the cars, but with the arrival of the C6-generation Corvette looming and vendor related problems causing delays, the project was scrapped early.
This example is the only version to have been equipped with the ‘GMMG Phase 2XR’ package, which boosts the power of the C5 Z06’s 5.7-liter LS6 engine to 525 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The package includes modified LS6 heads, a racing cam, new headers with a GMMG chambered exhaust and cat back system and an aftermarket airbox. There are also lightweight five-spoke wheels measuring 18-inches upfront and 19-inches in the rear and a Skunk Werks bodykit.
This one-of-a-kind ‘Vette is one of many eccentric vehicles that will roll across Barret-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction block on September 25-27, but will definitely be the only C5 Z06 with a soft top. For more information and pictures, check out the listing here.