The plant tours will go on hiatus for 18 months, according to plant manager Kai Spande. During this time, the plant will be reconfigured to add the new Corvette paint shop into the assembly line and a new tour route will be crafted. Work on the new paint shop has been ongoing since 2015.
During the tour hiatus, the plant itself will also shut down for three months, according to Spande and lead Corvette engineer Tadge Juechter. The two made the announcements at the National Corvette Museum Bash. The plant will go idle beginning in August and go back online sometime in October of this year.
For those looking to order a 2018 Corvette and have it before the shutdown, the cut-off date is June 12, 2017, with a delivery date pegged for July. Any Corvettes ordered following the cut-off date will be assembled in November.
Of course, we have reason to believe there are bigger and better reasons surrounding the plant’s closure. It might be hard to get work done if wandering tourists spot mid-engine Corvette parts or even components for a DOHC LT5 V8 engine.