Throwback Thursday/C8 Reveal Day

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From torquenews.com one of many renderings by “ChazCron” of the C8 Corvette as well as the announcement of the reveal date, which is today, of course. Since most of us were not invited to the event in Tustin, California I think you can watch here. If you live on the East Coast, the event doesn’t start until 10:30 or 11 PM.

I think that the entire future of the Corvette could be decided by the success, or lack thereof, of the C8. While Chevrolet/GM can rationalize the sharp decline in Corvette sales since 2014—the first model year of the C7—by “blaming” the drop on the rumors surrounding the C8, the American automotive landscape has changed dramatically. In the back of my mind I wonder if the upcoming discontinuation of the Camaro has as much to do with helping the Corvette as with declining Camaro sales. Of course, if that were really true then Camaro production would probably be stopped before 2022 or 2023.

 

Schedule of Events for the C8 Corvette Reveal Now Public

 

From corvetteblogger.com a picture of an invitation to and the schedule of the C8 reveal. I really hope the C8 is a success although I have no desire to own one at present. I think it would be a shame if Chevrolet didn’t get to produce the two millionth Corvette, which is about 300,000 units away.

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From cargurus.com a picture of an example of the last year of the C4 Corvette, 1996:

 

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While I am not a big fan of their TV commercials, my wonderful wife and I both found our current Corvettes on CarGurus. As I have written before, I have not always been a big fan of the C4. For many years I thought the styling was bland and until the introduction of the “new” LT-1 engine in 1992 I don’t think the cars were great performers. However, I have grown to appreciate the looks of the later models of the C4. In addition, the 1995 and 1996 models had improved fuel injectors that were better able to deal with ethanol content in gasoline, or as I call it, the corn farmers subsidy program.

As almost every Corvette fan or person in the collector car business knows, C4 Corvettes are not expensive at all. A search on AutoTrader, limited to a 100-mile radius of my house, unearthed six 1995 or 1996 Corvettes with list prices under $10,000. A nationwide search, but only for cars with 75,000 miles or fewer, revealed 18 such cars under $10,000. Of course, if you don’t have to have a 1995 or 1996 model then your choices multiply greatly. C4 production totaled 359,028 in the 13 model years it was manufactured (1984-96).

The Corvette world will never be the same after today. I would very much like to read your thoughts, either before or after the reveal or both.

 

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7 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday/C8 Reveal Day

  1. “the corn farmers subsidy program”
    Spot on! Sen. Grassley (RINO-IA), call your office!

    There is no doubt the launch of the C-8 is a watershed moment for the Corvette. Which way the water will be shed remains to be seen, but given that GM is still run by the Financial Staff rather than by people who actually care about cars, I’m not sanguine about the future of the Corvette. It’s too bad the people who designed this car (and others like them in other GM divisions) are hamstrung the way they are by GM “management”.

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  2. You and I have talked about this potentially being a “New vs Old Coke” situation. I do not have a good feeling about it’s future, especially since in the WSJ article, many current owners are not interested in a midengine car.

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    1. Yes, some Corvette “purists” might have a knee-jerk reaction. However, the switch to a mid-engine is designed to bring people into the showroom who would not otherwise have done so with a front-engine car.

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