We are just two months away from the final C7-generation Corvette selling to its first owner. The car, already on the build schedule as a black 2019 Corvette Z06, will be the final Corvette sold with the engine ahead of the driver. The 650-horsepower supercar-beating-but-don’t-track-it Z06 will be auctioned off to support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast sale in Connecticut on June 28th.
This announcement, made by GM CEO Mary Barra confirms my suspicion that—despite rumors to the contrary—C7 production would not continue on alongside the C8-generation mid-engine car. With a July reveal date confirmed for the C8, and a rumored December delivery for the first models, the world will be six months without the undisputed King of American sports cars. Luckily there are plenty of C7s on dealer showroom floors to stem the tide for now.
The mid-engine Corvette has been predicted as coming soon since at least the mid-1960s. Now that it’s finally actually coming, it feels a bit like an era is ending. We’ve had decades to appreciate the Corvette and its occasional foibles. GM is getting serious about attacking the proper high-end sports cars for a lower price point, and a mid-engine configuration is the next step.
If you want to be the collector with the last “real” Corvette, then you’d better get registered to bid and prepare to battle Rick Hendrick for the honor. The Stephen Siller foundation builds mortgage-free smart homes for seriously injured American armed forces and first responders, and helps pay off mortgages for families of first responders killed in the line of duty. If some wealthy dude is going to buy a car-shaped paperweight that he won’t ever drive, I guess the money may as well go to a good cause.