The arrival of the jaw-dropping seventh-generation Corvette is, justifiably, being greeted with cheers and fireworks and blaring music and dancers. Makes sense. Thing’s gorgeous, and likely to embarrass far more expensive European supercars on the track.
But the start of the new one means the end of the old one — so let us fire 21 guns for the C6.
The last sixth-generation ‘Vette rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky yesterday afternoon. GM sent us photos of the send-off model, a pearl white 427 convertible with blue leather interior. It’s not destined for a buyer — in keeping with an old tradition, the last C6 ‘Vette will go the GM’s own museum.
It’s a bit of a pity that it will sit still, though — the car’s 7.0-liter V8 was literally built by Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter himself.
It’s the last one built, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still buy the C6. In fact, with the 60th anniversary model out now (look for our test drive in this space soon), GM still has more than 6.000 on lots, which at current sales rates, should take them five months to unload. That means they’ll likely still be selling C6 models after the new Stingray is already on dealership lots — and they’ll have to discount them to move them.