Chevrolet officially wraps up production of Corvette C6 as the very last unit rolls off the production line at GM’s Bowling Green plant in Kentucky. The facility can now get ready for the production of the new Corvette Stingray, a car that only shares two parts with the C6.
The last production C6 is a white 427 Convertible model featuring a 7.0 liter V8 engine from the Z06. The 13,466th Corvette is not going to be sold. It is actually on its way to Detroit to be parked in a special spot in General Motors Heritage Collection.
“There’s been a great deal of anticipation as we get ready to build the Stingray,” said plant manager Dave Tatman. “But it’s been pretty much all business here. We added in the 427 convertible and the 60th anniversary edition, and built more cars this year than in the past few years and did it in a model year that was three months shorter. We’ve been on overtime this entire model year.”
The new Stingray needs different production methods than the C6 as it features many new technologies and an all-new design. Even in its base model the Stingray has carbon fiber panels which require excellent fit and finish. The overall quality of the car is significantly improved, and that introduces new challenges for the production team.