Sold-Out C8

56packardman and David Banner (not his real name) both sent me links to articles such as this one with the same story: the 2020 C8 Corvette is almost sold out. Of course no one knows at present how many 2020 models Chevrolet was planning to build. Anyway, from the article linked earlier:


“‘I think the orders have already hit the first year of production numbers,’ Simcoe [Michael Simcoe, General Motors design chief] said when addressing the attentive, large crowd at the golf course. We pulled him aside afterwards, and asked Simcoe to elaborate. Turns out, the C8 is extremely close to being sold out for the 2020 model year, but it hasn’t officially hit the mark yet. ‘It’s nearly sold out. It’s so close that it’s bound to be sold out soon,’ Simcoe told us.”


Of course, the proof will be in the pudding. If the 2020 Corvette is relatively trouble-free then that should bode well for the C8, I would think. Also remember that rumors abound—which aren’t always true, of course—that the C8 will eventually be available in a whole host of specs. Some of those might include a twin-turbo, small-displacement V-8 that could produce 800+ HP and a hybrid version with electric motors augmenting the twin-turbo motor to create a 1,000+ HP Corvette.

As a Corvette fan I wish nothing but success for the C8. Who knows? Somewhere way down the road one could wind up in our garage.


2020 Chevy Corvette


From the autoblog article a picture of a 2020 Corvette.


From Peter Ackroyd’s history of England (by way of this): “History is an accident…Everything grows out of a soil of contingent circumstance. Convenience, rather than the shibboleth of progress or evolution, is the agent of change. Error and misjudgment therefore play a large part in what we are pleased to call the “development” of institutions. A body of uses and misuses then takes on the carapace of custom and becomes part of a tradition…One result of historical enquiry is the recognition of transience; the most fervent beliefs will one day be discredited, and the most certain certainties will be abandoned. Opinions are as unstable and as evanescent as the wind. We may invoke, with George Meredith, ‘Change, the strongest son of Life.'”

I don’t know that I totally agree that history is an accident, but as has been written here many times before luck plays a significant role in life outcomes and we do not have total control over our lives. Also, change is inevitable and the route to change is not always planned.






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4 thoughts on “Sold-Out C8

  1. Not being smart here, just really do wonder and you are probably the guy to ask… name a car that, in it’s first year of production, or, in the first year of production of a major design change, wasn’t plagued by numerous issues, bugs, and/or design defects. I’m sure there may be a few, but, my guess is, more often than not, a major change or initial offering is afflicted with problems. When I was younger, especially when it came to technology, I was often an early adopter, however, I soon found out that I was really just an unpaid beta tester. Even if there aren’t problems, the later issues will contain improvements… the ’63 C2 split window is a more desired car, but later models were much improved in performance and handling, right?


    1. As for your specific example, I am unaware of any major issues that plagued the ‘63 Corvette. However, four-wheel disc brakes and a big-block motor were not available until 1965.

      It’s one thing to have some minor nits at first, but customers should never be beta testers. GM, unfortunately, had a long period where their customers were de facto beta testers.

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  2. As you well know, I am not a fan of “The General” but I do hope the C-8 is a success for several reasons, not the least of which is the thumb it would stick in the eye of the bean counters who have done so much to diminish The General since they gained control of the company in 1959 over the “car guys”. • Great quote about the path of history!


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