C6 Production Numbers

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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!

Since it’s 2005 introduction, the base Corvette received a new 436 HP LS3 engine, providing supercar levels of performance.  The well-sorted chassis prompted Corvette engineers to develop enhanced Corvette models, including the 505 HP Z06 (2006), 635 HP ZR1 (2009) Grand Sport (2010), and 427 convertible (2013) models.  Speaking of the Grand Sport, Chevrolet produced more of these in 2010 than the base model coupes and convertibles.

Model Year Coupe Convertible Z06 ZR1 Grand Sport Coupe Grand Sport Convertible 427 Convertible Total
2005 26728 10644 37372
2006 16598 11151 6272 34021
2007 21484 10918 8159 40561
2008 20030 7549 7731 35310
2009 8737 3343 3461 1415 16956
2010 3054 1003 518 1577 3707 2335 12194
2011 3112 780 906 806 5212 2782 13598
2012 2820 621 478 404 5056 2268 11647
2013 2597 720 471 482 4908 1736 2552 13466
TOTAL 215,125

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C5 Production Numbers

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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.

The C5 continued GM’s mission to constantly improve every aspect of performance, quality and functionality in its halo sports car. The 5th generation marked the return of three distinct body styles: coupe, convertible and hard top (aka fixed roof coupe), the latter being the basis for the Z06 track terror that was introduced in 2001. The Corvette team was given a clean slate to design the new car, resulting in innovations like a rear mounted transaxle for better weight distribution, different diameter wheels (front/rear) and, for the first time since 1962, a trunk in the convertible and hardtop that could easily accommodate a full size golf club bag. Last but not least, the LS series of engines made their debut in the C5’s, ranging from 345HP in the base model to 405HP in the later Z06 models.

Notable C5 Corvettes include the 50th Anniversary model, the 1998 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, the Fixed Roof Coupe of 1999-2000 and 24 Hours of LeMans Commemorative Edition (pictured).

TOTAL238,230

Model Year Coupe Convertible Hardtop/Z06 Total
1997 9752 9752
1998 19235 11849 31084
1999 18078 11161 4031 33270
2000 18113 13479 2090 33682
2001 15681 14173 5768 35622
2002 10634 8784 5869 25287
2003 12812 14022 8635 35469
2004 16165 12216 5683 34064

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C4 Production Numbers

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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.

As GM was still struggling with ever-increasing emissions regulations, the focus for early C4 Corvettes was on handling and chassis dynamics.  And they delivered, so much so that there are still many competitive C4’s at sanctioned racing events across the country.  Right out of the box, the C4 was a capable corner carver, and when the Corvette team increased power substantially in 1992 with the second-generation LT1 (300HP), the Corvette was a force to be reckoned with.

Notable C4 Corvettes are the early models with the unique Doug Nash “4+3″ overdrive manual transmissions, the 1988 35th Anniversary model (pictured), the incredible and highly anticipated ZR-1 supercars of 1990-95, and the Grand Sport and Collector Edition models from 1996, which sported a one-year only 330HP LT4.

Model Year Coupe Convertible ZR-1 Total
1984 51547 51547
1985 39729 39729
1986 27794 7315 35109
1987 20007 10625 30632
1988 15382 7407 22789
1989 16663 9749 26412
1990 12967 7630  3049 23646
1991 12923 5672  2044 20639
1992 14102 5875  502 20479
1993 15450 5692  448 21590
1994 17536 5346  448 23330
1995 15323 4971 448 20742
1996 17167 4369 21536
TOTAL 358,180

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C3 Production Numbers

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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.

Model Year Coupe Convertible Hardtop Total
1968 9936 18630 28566
1969 22129 16633 38762
1970 10668 6648 17316
1971 14680 7121 21801
1972 20496 6508 27004
1973 25521 4943 30464
1974 32028 5474 37502
1975 33836 4629 38465
1976 46558 46558
1977 49213 49213
1978 46776 46776
1979 53807 53807
1980 40614 40614
1981 40606 40606
1982 25407 25407
TOTAL 542,861

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C2 Production Numbers

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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:

Model Year Coupe Convertible Hardtop Total
1963 10594 10919 0 21513
1964 8304 13925 0 22229
1965 8186 15376 0 23562
1966 9958 17762 0 27720
1967 8504 14436 0 22940
TOTAL 117,964

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