Last year, we learned the 2018 Corvette model year would be an abbreviated one. Production of 2018 Corvettes will cease during the week of January 22 and 2019 Corvettes will begin to roll out of Bowling Green, Kentucky. And one of those 2019 model year cars will be the 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1.
But, we have the 2018 Corvette production numbers, thanks to Corvette Blogger and the National Corvette Museum, and 2018 saw the least amount of Corvettes built since 1959. In total, GM built 9,686 Corvettes for the 2018 model year, which pushes it just past the 1959 total of 9,670 units.
As expected, the top-selling Corvette was the Stingray coupe (31.7 percent), followed by the Grand Sport coupe (25.6 percent) and the Z06 coupe (24.3 percent) rounded out production totals. Convertibles trailed coupes by a large margin.
Interestingly, most buyers opted for the base-model Stingray with 57.1 percent of cars built equipped with the 1LT package. Grand Sport buyers spent a little more dough and opted for higher-trimmed 2LT and 3LT models, while Z06 buyers preferred the range-topping 3LZ trim to the 2LZ and 1LZ trims.
Speaking of the Corvette Z06, orders for the Z07 performance pack dropped significantly with just 32.5 percent of buyers opting for it. Across all models, the eight-speed automatic was the preferred choice of transmission with a whopping 78 percent of Corvettes equipped with the auto.
Finally, Arctic White remained the color of choice for buyers with 20.3 percent of all 2018 Corvettes finished in the hue. Black came in second with 16.3 percent and Torch Red rounded out the top three with 14 percent. For owners of Sebring Orange Corvettes, they’re a rare bird; GM built only 85 Corvettes finished in the orangey hue.