This is (was) my first Corvette, photographed at the dealer before purchase. It was a base 2002 model that I purchased in 2004 with very few miles (only about 13,000). I bought a used one in the event I didn’t like it I would not have “wasted” money on a new one. Needless to say, I really liked it, and as you know, traded it in a new 2007 model.
Trivia: not counting the first three model years (1953-55) when the automatic transmission was either standard or mandatory, most Corvettes were sold with manual transmissions until 1972, when about 54% were sold with automatic transmissions. Just five years before that, the last year of the C2 in 1967, only 10% of Corvettes had automatic. All years since 1972 have seen automatics outsell manuals although in 2009 it was very close: 50.5% automatic. Once again I will offer my (strong) opinion that modern automatics are so good they’ve made manuals obsolete. Feel free to boo, but I am entitled to my opinion even if it differs from yours.
More trivia: except for the early years when white was “mandatory” the color with highest percentage of model year sales in any given year was red, which accounted for 47.5% of sales in 1993, 1995 and 2003. Is it just a coincidence that 47.5% is the highest percentage for any color?
The highest model year production was in 1979 when almost 54,000 Corvettes were sold. Corvette sales exceeded 50,000 only one other time: 1984, the first year of the C4. During the “Great Recession” sales were fewer than 17,000 every year from 2009 to 2013, inclusive. The introduction of the C7 boosted sales to over 37,000 in 2014. That dramatic increase makes me think that the Corvette will always have appeal, but needs to stay fresh. All of this data comes from the Corvette Black Book and a person with OCD/ADD who entered all of the production details into a spreadsheet.
I, as always, very much hope to read what you think.