The excitement is high for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the seventh-generation car that’s slated to arrive in the fall. The last of the C6 was built just last Thursday at the assembly line in Bowling Green, Ky. This car – a 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible with a 7.0-liter V8 that chief engineer Tadge Juechter built – will be preserved at the Heritage Collection of General Motors in suburban Detroit.
For the 2013 model year, this car is no. 13,466. A brief ceremony took place at about 8 in the morning, attended by plant manager Dave Tatman and the 500 employees. Just 30 mins later, workers began to dismantle the general assembly line to prepare the plant for the Stingray production.
Tatman said that the same thing occurred on Feb. 20 when the frame intended for the last C6 was made. Five minutes after the frame was built, demolition of the line had begun. Tatman said that they were “all business” at the assembly line. They added in the 427 convertible and the 60th anniversary edition and had a higher output than in the past years.
Remarkably, they accomplished this in a model year that’s shorter by three months. He added that they have been on overtime for the full model year. Chevrolet dealers will continue to sell the existing Corvette for several months since the Stingray isn’t expected to arrive in showrooms until late August or early September.
The Stingray convertible made its debut on March 5 at the Geneva Motor Show and will start to arrive in showrooms this December. The Automotive News Data Center said that on Feb. 1, Chevrolet’s inventory of Corvettes numbered 6,100 units. This inventory size is enough to last 5.5 months at the present sales pace.