Back in June, the final C7 Corvette ever built was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast 2019 sale. The car raked in $2.7 million, with all proceeds from the sale benefiting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which constructs mortgage-free smart homes for injured service members.
The car that rolled across the auction block that day wasn’t the actual final C7 Corvette, however. That specific car was instead an exact representation of the final C7 Corvette, as production of the seventh-generation version of the sports car was still ongoing at the time. The auction was actually for the last C7 Corvette build slot – though the paint color and other options were already pre-set by GM.
But now, with the start of production for the mid-engine C8 Corvette approaching, the final C7 Corvette has rolled off the line at Bowling Green Assembly in Kentucky. In a tweet, Chevrolet said the end of production of the seventh-generation Corvette was “bittersweet,” and described it as the “end of an era.” However, with each ending comes a new beginning, and Corvette fans are understandably excited about the forthcoming arrival of the mid-engine C8 Corvette.
The final C7 Corvette is a black 3LZ trim Z06 coupe with an Adrenaline Red interior, Z07 package, seven-speed manual transmission and a Performance Data Recorder. This isn’t only the last C7 Corvette, but it will very likely be the last front-engine Corvette ever built. Considering the performance gains Chevrolet has seen in switching to a mid-engine layout for the C8 Corvette, it seems highly unlikely it would ever revert back to a front-engine design.
Bowling Green Assembly will now undergo downtime throughout November, December and January in order to retool the plant and retrain employees to build the radically different C8 Corvette. Production of the C8 is expected to commence in February, with the 40-day UAW strike having delayed the vehicle’s arrival by a couple of months.