The 2018 model year of Corvette has just begun, but customers and dealerships looking to place an order will be met with silence.
Cars Direct reports all 2018 C7 Corvette orders are on hold as the Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant shuts down for three months beginning in August. The plant will go idle while work is completed on the Corvette plant’s new paint shop. While the paint shop is the official reasoning, many rumors say the plant is also retooling the facility for mid-engine Corvette production.
Dealerships will be able to once again place orders for 2018 Corvettes beginning in September, but the cars won’t arrive until the end of this year, possibly in late November at the earliest.
The Bowling Green plant also suspended plant tours for 18 months on June 16 of this year while a new tour route is created to coincide with the plant’s paint shop.
The cutoff date to place an order for a 2018 Corvette was June 12, but for those who missed it, some patience will be needed.