As of this edit, the last of the C6 Corvettes have been produced in Bowling Green, KY. The C6 was introduced in 2005, and was another all-new design, just like the preceding C5 was all-new compared to the C4. The C6 continues the Corvette Team’s mission to improve on the previous generation in every category. The resulting base model Corvette for 2005 boasted numbers like a 4.3 second sprint to 60 miles per hour, a 186 MPH top speed, and fuel economy ratings of 18 city/28 highway for manual equipped versions (15/25 with the 4L65-E Hydra Matic automatic). Somehow, the team managed to undercut the cost of the base 2004 Corvette by $300. Pretty impressive! (more…)
This week we’re reviewing production numbers for the C5 Corvette, produced between 1997-2004. The development of this car and the engineers and stylists behind it are discussed in the book All Corvettes Are Red, a must-read for any C5 fan.
Next up in our Corvette Production Numbers series are the C4 cars. By the time 1982 rolled around, the C3 Corvette was 14 years old and the chassis that it was based on dated back to 1963. Needless to say, a lifetime for a chassis and body style. The Corvette team at GM was well aware of this, and had been working feverishly on the next generation car. Unfortunately, development and quality control issues prevented them from introducing the C4 Corvette until March of 1983, 6 months beyond the typical September new model introduction. In short, no 1983 Corvettes were ever offered to the public; the C4 was introduced as a 1984 model. (more…)
This week we’ll continue our look at Corvette production numbers through the generations with the 1968-1982 models. This 14-year time span was the longest for any Corvette generation to date. Corvette team designers did a commendable job freshening the car from it’s early “chrome bumper” stage from 1968-1972 periodically until the final, lower production (in anticipation of the C4) 1982. Notable models during this generation include the competition-ready 1968-69 L88, the well-balanced 1970-72 LT-1, the last convertible model until the introduction of the C4 (1975), the base model 1976 Corvette with only 165 emissions-controlled horses, the Silver Anniversary (pictured) and Indianapolis Pace Cars of 1978 and the hatchback-glass equipped 1982 Collector Edition. (more…)
This week we’ll continue our Corvette production numbers series with a look at the “mid-years”, those cars produced between 1963 and 1967. These cars are the first Corvettes to feature independent rear suspension, optional 4-wheel disc brakes, a big-block engine option and the use of the “Stingray” designation, among other innovations. Their limited production years and captivating design have sent resale and auction prices into the stratosphere. Here are the C2 production numbers: (more…)