We knew General Motors expected pretty high demand for the eighth-generation, 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, but perhaps it’s even surpassed estimates.
According to a report from Autoblog on Monday, the mid-engine Corvette Stingray is “nearly sold out.” The word comes from GM vice president of global design, Michael Simcoe. The automaker’s design chief was on hand at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan, where he made the comments alongside a C8 Corvette GM brought to show off.
At first, Simcoe said he thought order numbers had already filled the first year’s production run, but when Autoblog pressed further, he the design boss said, “it’s so close that it’s bound to be sold out soon.”
Chevrolet has allowed buyers to place a reservation for the 2020 Corvette Stingray online since the car’s debut last week. Fans could also take a look at the car at the Concours d’Elegance of American and also register to reserve on-site at the event.
The big piece of the puzzle that’s missing is how many mid-engine Corvettes a sold-out production run equates to. Historically, sales of the Corvette have always boomed in the first model year following a new generation. The C8 Corvette could be different, simply due to the fact the car has been hyped for years and it delivered on many of the rumors; the car’s engine has moved to the middle and it boasts 490 horsepower with a starting price under $60,000.
Last year, Chevrolet sold about 14,000 Corvettes, so we have to imagine the sold-out production run is even higher than that figure. We say that know the Bowling Green assembly plant will run a second shift to meet demand for the car. At its prime, the Corvette sold around 44,000 units in the 1970s. Could the mid-engine car mark a return to the sports car’s heyday? We’ll know soon enough.