There have been moments in the production of Chevrolet’s Corvette when production could not supply the demand for a variety of reasons. Whether due to supply-chain issues, sorting out a new model’s shortcomings, the release of a special model — such as the C3’s Pace Cars — or even through selective striking by the UAW, there have been times when dealers could not overcome the vacuum of new cars imposed on their showroom floors. Enter 2020.
You could say that Corvette has never experienced a perfect storm affecting GM’s ability to supply cars such as it has in the first half of this year. The first hint of the car’s popularity came when its introduction all but shut down the internet. From there, there was a slurry of issues that kept the car from flying off the showroom floor and into the new owners’ driveway.
The C8 Corvette has dealt with about every scenario ever imposed upon any generation before it. Just like the 1978 Pace Car, wannabe customers were clamoring at dealers’ doors, cash in hand, wanting their place in line for the new car, sometimes, YEARS before the car was even spoken about by anyone within GM to anyone outside of the Blue Box.
Even after we knew what the car looked, felt, and sounded like, folks were lining up to get one, being met at the door with reports that production was backed up a few months while engineers re-calibrated their slide-rules. Of course, once all of the measurements and diagrams were speaking the same language, GM’s workers stopped speaking with the folks in GM’s big, cylindrical building in Detroit, Michigan.
Then, just as the salaried and hourly workers began working together again, the whole nation basically called in sick. At a time when workers struggle to find enough room to stay six feet apart in the midst of those massive assembly plants, a trickle of cars tries to feed the voracious appetites of those millions of viewers who set their browsers to a blimp hangar in Tustin, California months ago.
Of course, they’ve got some help from those who actually DID get their 2020 Corvette. A quick search will sift out numerous entities giving an opportunity to win one. There are also several C8 Corvettes that have come up for sale on social and “cars-for-sale” sites. Of course, one place that Corvettes are often seen seeking new owners is on the auction block, and this opportunity comes to you through Mecum’s Indianapolis event.
The Car In Question
Offered as Lot S108.1 in connection with Mecum’s Indy 2020 event, this 2020 Corvette only has 11 miles on the odometer, so it’s safe to say that the car’s “new car smell” is still quite intact. The Blade Silver Metallic with Adrenaline Red leather interior coupe is finished off with a 2LT trim package and of course, features the 495hp, LT2 engine, backed by the 8-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Chevrolet’s Premium Infotainment 3 system with navigation and HD front curb-view and the rear back-up camera will help you navigate the highway, as well as the parking garage.
Besides being draped in red leather, the interior of the ‘Vette features power heated and ventilated bolstered seats, a heads up display, and a Bose performance 14-speaker audio system.
To spice up the exterior, there is a Carbon Flash badge package, 19- and 20-inch Silver-painted aluminum wheels, and being a coupe, while the top doesn’t pop automatically, you can stow it in the oh-so-non-frunk-ish rear storage area when you want to feel the wind in your hair.
Bidding is currently open on this car, and as of this writing, is just a tick over the base Corvette’s low MSRP that made the world gasp when the car was introduced. At $65,000, we think this is still a good value, but as we all know, the LAST bid is the only one that really matters. There is still some time to get in that last bid, and like everyone else, we’ll be watching what the final numbers work out to be. Will the hurdles that hindered the C8’s first year of production help raise this car’s hammer price into the stratosphere or will we simply see folks waiting patiently until they can check off all the options boxes themselves? Only time will tell.