Dealers Can No Longer Place New Sold Orders For The 2021 Corvette44
General Motors is no longer accepting new sold orders from dealerships for the 2021 Corvette, the automaker announced this week.
With demand for the C8 Corvette through-the-roof and the automaker experiencing a number of production setbacks so far this year, Chevy has been forced to close the order books for the 2021 model year variant. It will open up the order books for the 2022 model year Corvette this summer.
“Due to an overwhelming demand for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet has decided to stop taking sold orders on March 25, 2021,” the automaker said in a prepared statement. “Chevrolet dealers will begin taking orders for the 2022 Corvette in early July.”
GM has experienced consistent production setbacks with the C8 Corvette since the revised sports coupe was introduced for the 2020 model year. The mid-engine sports car was originally intended to enter production in December of 2019, however it was pushed back until February of 2020 due to the 2019 UAW labor strike. Production was only up-and-running for a brief period of time before the COVID-19 pandemic once again forced the shutdown of GM Bowling Green Assembly. Subsequent parts shortages have caused other brief shutdowns throughout 2020 and 2021, making it difficult for Chevy to keep up with consistent demand.
The 2021 Corvette entered production at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant on December 11th, 2020. The 2021 model year introduced two new color options to the C8 paint palette, Red Mist Tintcoat Metallic and Silver Flare Metallic, along with a new interior color combination called Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Grey.
As a reminder, the C8 Corvette comes with a naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, which is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional factory performance exhaust system. Output is routed to the rear wheels through eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
We’ll have full details on the 2022 model year Chevy Corvette as soon as they become available. For now, we encourage Vette fans to subscribe to GM Authority for more mid-engine Corvette news, Corvette C8 news, Corvette news, Chevrolet news, and 24/7 GM news coverage.
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They will not be able to start production of my 22 till Jan.due to the shortage of catalytic converter bearings.
why’s everyone disliking this man’s comment? lol
congrats on buying your 22 Vette!!!
Corvettes have catalytic converter bearings ?
They rotate at 3,000 RPM to keep cool.
Are they anything like muffler bearings? LOL
I feel lucky, picking up my 2021 in a few hours. I wonder what production numbers are for 2021? Because seems like a short year. Like last year.
What color did you get?
Maybe his profile name is a good clue
Hence the /s which is a symbol for sarcasm.
Yup, they started late because they were trying to fill as many of the existing 2020 orders as they could, at least those which had made it to the 3000 status level. The orders which were still at 1100 and hadn’t been accepted by the factory yet, were deleted and should have gone to the top of your dealers list for 2021. That’s what ethical dealers did with them.
Now, they’re cutting the 2021 year short on the other end so they can get back on a more regular product year cycle. And, they’re no longer accepting new ”Sold” orders because it’ll be a big challenge just filling all the “Sold” orders already in the pipeline. They don’t want to have another big group of clients with “Sold” orders disappointed because they didn’t get their cars. They’ll need to order 2022 cars when the system opens up for them.
My own 2020 order got deleted and went back in as a 2021. Luckily, it finally made it to 3000 status in January and is now at 3400, scheduled to be built sometime next week.
And, after a 19 month wait, my Corvette was actually built last week, reaching 4000 status (Vehicle Ready to Ship) on April 1, 2021. It’s a Zeus Bronze 3LT Coupe, with Natural Interior and GT2 Seats, Pewter Open Spoke Wheels, Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Ride Control, Front Lift, Body-Color Exterior Accents, Rocker Panel Extensions, Engine Appearance Package, Carbon Fiber Interior Trim, and few other items I couldn’t help but add while I waited. Now, I just have to wait for it to get here. I hope you all get your cars soon.
I am jealous, lucky you, congrats.
What date did you put your order in? l put my order in Dec. 20 2021.
Big surprise, easy way to up the price for the same car and still have production issues, go GM, Mary is your saving grace, lol
You sound jealous? Did you not order one?
My order on 1/21/20 will never get made! I am going on 79, may die first!
MY issue also I am 81. My order was supposed to go in as part of dealer allocation for April
That’s what my dealer told me, that I was on the April allocations. I hope he is right. Cause I’ve been waiting patiently. I guess we’ll know after April 8th when the allocations for April are released. Good luck to you.
As long as your car was already in the GM system as a “Sold” order, and it gets submitted in April as one of your dealer’s valid, authorized, allocations, I believe you’ll get your Corvette. Good luck!
My status went to 2000 status, so I believe I’m going to get my dream car.
Congratulations! It should promptly go to 3000 status from there.
My 2 friends all went to 3000 2nd week of February. 1 got his white March 25, 2nd got his April 6 and I’m still sitting @ 3000. No rim or reason. Frank Little
Now that it’s almost September, anyyone like to post order status updates?
Jared, My status went to 3000 mid April, my car was built 7/26, my museum delivery is 8/23. My dream car is almost a reality, I ordered it June 2020. This is my first corvette I’ve wanted one since I was in my teens, I’m now in my mid 60’s. I’m very excited but it’s intimidating at the same time because everything on this C8 is so technical I’m not used to.
You beat me by three days! I’m stopping by Bowling Green on the 26th to pick up mine. Started the process in December 2020. Been waiting for the CERV III/Astro II for a long time.
In response to Shaun Flaherty and topdog, I am also waiting on build date. Put a deposit down in August, 2020 and have yet to heard anything from Bowling Green. Like you guys I’m 76 and just had a pacemaker done. Like Shaun I may very well die before I get the 2021 C8. If I do get it, it will the 8th Corvette I’ve owned. Loved the other 7. Good luck to you guys.
I’m not understanding, my corvette is still stagnant at 1100 for the 2021. So what does that mean, I won’t get a 2021 ? I ordered July of 2020.
It depends if GM will give your ordering dealer allocation to fill your order. Dealers are put in a terrible spot on this.
I get it, but this system is all wrong. Wait in line, in anything and if someone passes ahead of you , you will not be happy!
Yawn. Wake me up when it’s electric with a 600 mile range. (BTW) I own three..
I think it was a wise business decision to move towards the natural auto cycle along with the rest of the models. One reason will be the auto shows around the world. With Covid-19 starting to recede, shows may be opening up around the world. To show the world the best, to compete against the best, you have to show your current model at the same shows as the other auto makers. The delays have to do with the price such as it is. Every time Corvette makes a new contract with a new supplier, there are “growing pains,” and possibly a price increase. Do they stick with current suppliers or travel on to new ones and risk another price increase on a part? In terms of rarity, that will just have to shake out with the market. AF
Spoke too soon about the COVID thing. Our collective stupidity seems bottomless.
I ordered a 21 last August it was built on December 14th and is serial number 33. Seems like no rhyme or reason!
Wow GM sucks! I ordered before you and still 1100. No respect for customers.
Its all in dealer allocation and where you are in line with that dealer. Nationally it doesn’t matter when you put your order in, just when it was done with your particular dealer and when GM will fill that dealers order.
I am wondering the same thing, will my order be built? Again, I ordered a 2LT 2020 Vette, February 19th 2020. Was switched to a 2021 on June 4th 2020 ! Why can t GM tell us , if we are going to get ours. Now that they have stop taking orders for 2021 , it should be easy for them to confirm our orders. If they would tell us no , I could start shopping for something else , depending on the price increase of a 2022. I don t ant to spend another summer without a car . 🙁
Original order date was 19/02/2020. I now know I won t be getting my Vette for 2021. I had been promised one. GM has decided my dealer only gets 3 Vettes for 2021 , even though their allotment is between 7 and ten ! They got only 3 for 2020 also ! I was fourteenth on their list , two dropped out. So 14 months and counting. If my dealer does not get any 2022 s before winter I have five people for now in front of me , then I won t be getting one before autumn 2022 !!! This shows lack of respect by GM , for Quebec Canada dealers and their clients. For now my salesman has a 2016 3lt z 51, which I will buy until my Vette gets built. GM you get an F for customer service. One good news is by mid summer the Vette plant is adding another shift so they will be producing 50 % more Vettes. Good luck to everyone who is waiting like me.
I ordered Dec 2019 and was told mine is on rail car destination west coast dealership 2weeks out. At least I have a vin# to account for my C8. Wish everyone best of luck with theirs.
Really want this car, but maybe saving up for the z06 might not be a bad idea if production is being this difficult!
There will be fewer Z06 cars available and most dealers already have a long waiting list for that car.
There is a lot of confusion about purchasing a new Corvette, as posted in some of the comments. You cannot just walk into your local Chev dealer and expect to get one of these within a reasonable time frame, as all Corvette dealers are not equal and here is why. Dealers normally EARN ALLOCATON based on the average of 3 years of Corvette sales. So if your small hometown dealer sells one Corvette per year for 3 years , he will most likely get 1 allocation per year. Kerbeck ( the largest Corvette dealer in the US) gets 100 Corvettes PER MONTH allocation. So if the small dealer takes 10 deposits and has one allocation per year, you will be waiting a log time for a Corvette and he has taken you out of the market for this car. Your job is to find a dealer with the largest Corvette sales within your region and ask some basic questions, remember no dealer will know their yearly allocation due to demand and the way GM is restricting alllocations, production delays , parts shortages etc. Key questions : How many Corvettes did you sell last year? If I place a deposit today what # will I be in the line up? Is my deposit refundable ? Do you sell at list price or are there surprise fees/markups , like some dealers charging $5K + mandatory fees or in some cases after waiting for 1 year the car was never ordered in your name and the dealer informed the customer when the car arrived at the dealership that there was a $15K price increase, take it or I have another buyer for the car. Not fair , but the demand is that great. So just some things to think about, as this is not a normal car purchase. Look on the internet at some of the trusted sources to research and call them directly if you need help to get one of these cars as soon and smoothly as possible. If you are looking to to purchase one now , you are looking at a 2022 unless there is some fluke situation. After waiting for 8 months I finally got my allocated order processed and am getting a 2021 sometime in June.
Call Corvette Concierge (866-424-3892) give them your order # (should be a 6 digit code) and they will tell you your status code.If you are 3000 you will get a 2021