John Cafaro’s Customized C5 Corvette Speedster

Among other things, John Cafaro is an inductee of the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame (2002).  The biography about John in Tom Benford's Corvette Illustrated Encyclopedia reads:

GM designer John Cafaro was responsible for the shapes of Pontiac Fiero and Bonneville and the Chevy Camaro before joining the Corvette design team.  He was the chief exterior designer and design team leader for the 1997 Corvette, and he (has) stated that the GTP racecar, the Corvette Indy concept car, and fighter jets all influenced his design decisions.

He was also responsible for all production Corvette design from 1991 to the present (2004).  Cafaro worked on the C5R Corvette race program, managing all bodywork design and graphic design packages for the Chevrolet Raceshop and GM Motorsports from 1992 to 1999.  His creativity and work has received kudos that include: Motor Trend Car of the Year for the 1984 Corvette, Autoweek Magazine Award for the 1997 Corvette coupe, North American International Auto Show Car of the Year for the 1998 Corvette convertible, and Motor Trend Car of the Year for the 1998 Corvette convertible.

So what is this marvelous Corvette pictured above?

It was John's personal car.  This speedster was considered the "fourth body style of the C5 Corvette," following the coupe, hardtop, and convertible.

It was engineered and constructed by Skunk Werkes, and features:

10" Chopped Windshield
High Rise Hood
Body Kit with Front Canards
Body Side Strakes
Spolier
20" Rear and 19" Front Wheels
Lowered Suspension
Corsa Exhaust
Custom Steering Wheel, Door Pulls, Shifter Knob, etc.

Where can you see it?  One weekend a year, it is available for viewing at the Bob McDorman Corvette and Classic Chevy Show in Canal Winchester, Ohio.

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  1. Craig Nadel says:

    Hello John – Great stuff over the years.
    We should catch up some day when you have a chance.

  2. Jayne Cafato says:

    Hi John,
    We both have the same last name. We must be related somehow not that many Cafaro’s around. I love that you are car desigber and that you are creative. I am a graphic design artist and my brother was the original owner of the 1969 olds 442.
    Did you design the 442 when you worked for GM? Many years later my brother was going to get rid of the 442 and I pleaded with him not to so he gave it to me and I still have it. My brother customized it and I did all the sanding we are both custom classic racing car designers. Wer added a lot of customized spoilers and hood scoops on the car. I completed the art and bodywork on my Custom Classic 1969 Oldsmobile 442, which stands for four barrel, four speed, duel exhaust, won a third place trophy at the custom Oldsmobile car show. The unique custom-designed bodywork I did was time consuming and ezhausting but well worth it It’s painted black and also has four mags, four pro-trac racing tires and two headers. I completed all of the custom art and decoration on the racing car, including the addition of chrome header side pipes, deep dish chrome mag wheels, front light cover grills, exterior and interior strip lighting, additional chrome molding, black tinted windows and pro-trac racing profile 50 series 12 inch-wide rear tires. The 442 muscle car racing engine was upgraded by reboring it to a 400 cubic inch engine with 455 horsepower. It has oversized pistons, a high performance cam and a four barrel quadra jet carburetor.
    I get many complimetns about my 1969 Custom Classic Olds 442 from the very young to the very old.
    Good Luck designing cars. Love your vette. I want to get myself a 67 corvette stingray someday.
    Jayne Cafaro

  3. Augusto Michelis Cafaro says:

    Excellent! I’m from Uruguay and i’m a truly lover of Corvette’s .. It’s amazing to see someone with the same second name with the same good taste!
    My grandfather was Cafaro.. so here i am..

    Amazing customization, i hope some day own a corvette.. Here are quite expensive, so let’s see.. life is short but maybe has some surprises prepared on the future!

    Take care!

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