Corvette Saturday

Chevrolet Announces Final Total of 26,216 Corvettes Produced for the 2021 Model Year

 

From this piece by Corvette Blogger is the news that Chevrolet has announced a final production amount for 2021 Corvettes: 26,216. That figure is about 29% higher than the number for the truncated 2020 model year. As best as I can figure, 2021 production will bring the total number of Corvettes produced to 1,788,799 since its beginning in 1953.

Apparently, 2022 model year production will begin on Wednesday, September 8th. Although David Banner (not his real name) may be buying an Italian car in the near future, I think he really wants one of these.

My stance hasn’t changed: I don’t think I will buy a C8 or any other Corvette, for that matter. I love the looks of the front half of the C8, but not the rear and especially not the rear three-quarter views. Also, remember the hashtag, #somanycarsjustonelife.

In the opening for the show Hand Built Hot Rods, Pure Vision owner Steve Strope says something like, “There are people who only like muscle cars, and then there are those [narrowing his hands] who only like Chevrolets, and then there are those [narrowing his hands more] who only like Camaros. Well, I don’t frickin’ think that way.” For me, I think three Corvettes is enough. If I am ever in a position to buy another car–not counting a potential replacement for our damaged Cadillac ATS–I will buy something completely different. Variety is the spice of life. I just want to avoid heartburn.

While I almost certainly will not buy a C8, Andy Reid of Classic Cars thinks it’s the best sports car in the world and not just “dollar for dollar.” The piece is titled, “Why spend more when you can buy the best, the C8 Corvette.” Here is an interesting excerpt:

 

“Quite simply, the C8 Corvette has democratized the world of super high-performance sports cars. It is not the underdog. Instead, it is many cases the top dog.”

 

The fact that two-thirds of C8 buyers have never previously owned any Chevrolet speaks to its broad appeal. If a few sticks in the mud–OK, let’s call them “purists”–don’t want to buy a mid-engine Corvette, so be it. Remember, though, that Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter recently remarked that Chevrolet could have sold three times as many C8 Corvettes as it has produced. Taking him literally would put 2020-21 Corvette sales at about 140,000, or about 70,000 per year. Corvette sales have only exceeded 50,000 twice in its long history.

From the Classic Cars piece:

 

2021 C8 Corvette

 

Maybe it’s just my bias, but it seems as though most published photos of C8 Corvettes show a side view or a front three-quarter view and not a rear view.

I will lament the end of Internal Combustion Engines in the Corvette, but that development is inevitable. Enjoy ICE Corvettes while you can. While I will probably never buy another Vette, I will also probably never get rid of my 2016 Z06.

 

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A Year. A Year? A Year!

On this day in 2019 the 279th and last original episode of The Big Bang Theory aired. To me, nothing is a more stark reminder of the scarily swift passage of time than that fact. I can’t even process that reality in any context except, perhaps, intellectually. I’m actually getting more depressed just writing about it. Think about how much has changed in the last year, but try not to get depressed like I am.

From The Mary Sue a picture of the original cast of The Big Bang Theory.

 

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Quick note on C8 production: apparently, it will re-start on May 26th, but not at full speed. The re-start at GM plants will begin with a single shift and then ramp up to two or three shifts as demand warrants. The obligatory C8 photo, this time from Top Speed:

 

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Does anyone have any idea when the IRS will “re-start production?” For some reason, my accountant of more than 25 years was unable to e-file our federal and state tax returns. Therefore, we had to mail paper copies, which we did in late March. Our state processed our return swiftly and we received our refund in less than two weeks. The IRS? Supposedly they are not “processing” returns at the moment. Obviously, we have not received our refund (an unusually large one for us) nor does the IRS Refund page even have any record of our return. The IRS refund “hotline” is not being staffed at the moment. Yes, I know these are most unusual times and circumstances. Yes, I know the filing deadline was pushed back to July. The situation is still frustrating. Sorry, I’m only human.

I was going to use this situation to note that everything in our “low-tax” state, like road maintenance and processing tax returns, seems to work fine, in many instances better than in the “high-tax” states that surround us, but I would never do that.

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Thanks to Philip Maynard for submitting a car for In Or Out? If you read the comments, and you should, you know what car it is. If you don’t and won’t then you’ll just have to wait to find out.

In the What If? category, on this day in 1952 Studebaker and Porsche signed an agreement for the German company to design a small car for the wagon-makers from Indiana. Only three prototypes were produced.

I don’t know how I feel about that “What If?” or the fact that Studebaker passed on multiple opportunities to be the US distributor for Volkswagen. Studebaker might still be in the automobile business. On the other hand, since they wouldn’t be a defunct American make and might be selling Nazimobiles my feelings about the company might be 180 degrees from what they are. The beginning of a novel that I started writing, but never finished is this, “Nothing is inevitable about life except its end. The prosaic and the extraordinary, the random and the deliberate all contribute to how one’s life unfolds.” Anyway, from Vault Cars a picture of what is probably Studebaker’s most iconic car, the 1953 Commander Starliner:

 

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By the way, this car sold for $28,880 in September of 2018. If that figure doesn’t include the buyers commission, then the price was $30,324 all in.

 

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