Full production of the all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette is now underway, officially kicking off yesterday at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly facility in Kentucky. According to Chevrolet, deliveries are expected to begin later this month or early in March. However, rows of fresh C8 models have been popping up on social media for weeks now, indicating that non-serial production started quite a bit earlier.
Last week, Instagram user @beezee522 posted a video showing a line of C8 Corvette models that looked as though they were awaiting delivery. These models are non-serial production cars, or rather, cars that won’t be shipped to customers, but could be used for final testing, unveiled at auto shows, or the like.
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Then, back in January, Facebook user Auto Aficionado of Bowling Green, KY posted a video with another line of C8 Corvettes in a parking lot, once again indicating that non-serial production has been ongoing.
Nevertheless, Chevrolet celebrated the official commencement of C8 Corvette production by posting an image of a black coupe rolling off the line. The new Vette is believed to be VIN 0001, and will go to Rick Hendrick, who secured ownership with a winning $3 million bid at the recent Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hendrick says he won’t be driving his new acquisition, but will instead keep it in his 58,00 square-foot museum, otherwise known as the Heritage Center, where it will live out its days among hundreds of other rare vehicles.
As we covered previously, Corvette C8 production was delayed as a result of last year’s United Auto Workers strike against General Motors, which included a walkout at the Bowling Green Assembly facility in Kentucky. C8 production was originally slated to commence in December of 2019.