Sunday C8 Key Fob

From this article in comes these pictures, from FCC filings, of the key fob for the C8 Corvette:

[SPIED] 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Keyfob and C8 Logo from FCC Filing

[SPIED] 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Keyfob and C8 Logo from FCC Filing

Here is some more information from the article:

“On the backside of the keyfob is a Crossed-Flags Corvette logo which appears more elongated and pointed than the C7’s crossed flags logo. If you look at it closely, its almost in the shape of a “V”. If this is indeed the logo for the C8 Corvette, it’s a significant sighting as its the first time the C8 logo has been spied in public.”

“Further documents from FCC filing specifically lists the keyfob as a ‘GM MY20 B1 Keyfob.’ [emphasis mine] Also included is the in-car receiver for the transmitter which carries the GM part number of 13529177.”

“This is pretty big news during a time when details have been scant. This FCC filing appears to confirm the C8’s arrival for the 2020 model year, as well as the new crossed-flags logo for the C8 generation!”

What will the C8 look like? How much will it cost? What engines and transmissions will be available? Speculation on these and other questions have existed for quite some time, but based on the FCC filings it does appear that the car is real and will be introduced for the 2020 model year.

Of course, photos of a keyfob don’t confirm a mid-engine configuration. However, it is difficult to believe that with all of the “smoke” about a mid-engine Corvette that a “fire” doesn’t exist.

The “spy” shots of supposed C8 Corvettes in camouflage do nothing for me and seemingly all of them are copyrighted so I can’t use them here, anyway. (Sour grapes?)

Some people must know the real story, but apparently have been fairly tight-lipped. This is contrary to Mark Twain’s famous remark, “The only way two people can keep a secret is if one of them is dead.”

I assume that the vast majority of Corvette enthusiasts await the C8 and the potential for two generations to be sold simultaneously, which would be a first for the Corvette. For me, while I welcome the innovation I don’t think a mid-engine car can ever look as good as a C2 Corvette.

From a picture of a 1967 Corvette. Hopefully, my restomod will look very similar to this, but in a different color. That body style cannot accommodate a mid-engine configuration.







Sixty-Five Years And A Job Offer

On this day in 1953 the first Corvette rolled off the production line in Flint, Michigan. That was the only year the car was produced there; production was moved to St. Louis the next year where it remained until the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant opened in 1981.

The Corvette is, in my opinion, the quintessential American car both for good and for bad, but mostly for good. Despite what the Guinness Book of World Records claims the Corvette is the best selling two-seat sports car in history with over 1.7 million sold and, despite what Mercedes-Benz claims, the Corvette is the longest-running car model in the world.

To me, the ultimate Corvette: a 1967 convertible with side exhaust. I took this picture during a recent visit my wonderful wife and I made to the Newport Car Museum, which is actually in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and not Newport. We began chatting with Dan, a docent at the museum, and within two minutes he offered me a job based on his perception of my automotive knowledge. When I told him we lived more than 300 miles away he nodded and remarked, “That’s too bad.”

I no longer possess the swiftness with which to chase my dreams.

It’s Friday…

Reader Maurice has correctly guessed the car from yesterday’s What Car Is This? post. The car is a Pierce-Arrow and the photo is from (In the interest of full disclosure, Maurice and I have known each other since freshman year of high school, which wasn’t yesterday.)

Given the makes of the two “mystery” cars so far and that I indicated that the first three were “related” a car devotee should be able to figure out the make of next week’s What Car Is This? car.

Do tags help blog readers find posts? Today is the first post for which I have included a tag. I would like to know what you think. In general, this blog will be better if it is interactive.

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From a picture of a 1967 Corvette, which is probably my choice as the best-looking American car ever.