The original C5 Corvette Tiger Shark concept debuted in 2001 to much fanfare within the Corvette community. The 700 hp concept received a revitalized front end, with chrome fangs, and a sleeker rear end.
In all, it was a unique look for the C5 Corvette, but buyers were never graced with the opportunity to purchase their own Corvette Tiger Shark. In fact, the original 2001 C5 Corvette Tiger Shark was sold off at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson for a cool $112,000.
Now, though, one Michigan based company is offering customers to grab the look for their own C5 Corvettes, according to The Detroit News.
IVS, based in Redford and short for Innovative Vehicle Solutions, has begun producing Tiger Shark kits after a dry spell from long gone aftermarket support for the look. The kit will come primed from IVS, and may even be painted and installed on site should the customer prefer that option.
And IVS already has a roaring endorsement. Doug Fehan, program manager for Corvette Racing, says the IVS Tiger Shark kit is nearly OEM in its fit and finish.
“This Corvette Tiger Shark kit not only has great lines, but is extremely high-quality and fits just like an OEM body part,” Fehan said in an email exchange with The Detroit News. “For C5 owners who would like to make a classic enhancement to their current car, this Tiger Shark Body Kit is a great option. They can install this OEM-quality kit, add a new paint detail and essentially have what will appear to their friends to be a completely new and very contemporary Corvette.”
In the future, IVS would like to expand the Tiger Shark look to pickup trucks, and currently has a kit in development for the fifth-generation Camaro.
Unrelated, but we feel necessary to mention, how much does the front end look like a Ferrari Maranello after the conversion? A nice addition indeed.