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End of an Era: The Last C6 Corvette Rolls Off the Production Line in Bowling Green

by Keith Cornett on March 1, 2013

End of an Era: The Last C6 Corvette Rolls Off the Production Line in Bowling Green

Early Thursday morning just after 8 am, an Arctic White 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible rolled off the assembly line at Bowling Green’s Corvette Assembly Plant. Not only was it the final Corvette of the 2013 model year, but it was also the very last C6 Corvette made.

A total of 215,100 Corvettes were produced during corvette’s 6th generation which began in 2005 and ended with this 427 Convertible.

Chevrolet produced a total of 13,466 Corvettes during the 2013 model year with around 2,400 of them being the one-year only 427 Convertible. Although wearing just the Arctic White exterior at the factory, this Corvette will be outfitted with the 60th Anniversary package which includes the full length body stripe before it heads to its final destination – the GM Heritage Center in Warren, MI.

Each of the 7.0L LS7 engines that go into the 427 Convertibles are assembled by hand at the Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan. The engine that went into the final 2013 Corvette was assembled by none other than Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter.

“Leading up to the production of the last C6 has been all business,” said Bowling Green plant manager Dave Tatman. “We take our job seriously and consider it the privilege that it is. But you can’t do what we do and not get emotionally attached to the car.”

Although its a fairly big deal when the final car for a model year and a whole generation of cars is completed, for the workers at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, it was a 30 minute celebration before returning to the business of preparing the plant for the launch of the all new 2014 Corvette Stingray.

“The last C6 rolls off the line at 8:04 a.m. and I’ll have people in here at 8:30 a.m. to start tearing down and putting in new tools,” Tatman said.

And now that production has ended for the C6 Corvette, a crew of around 120 workers will spend four weeks to ready the plant for the C7 Corvette. When the regular employees return back to work on March 25th, they will have to learn the entirely new process for building the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

“As I always say, we don’t build cars, we build dreams,” Tatman said.

The Last C6 Corvette Rolls Off the Production Line in Bowling Green The Last C6 Corvette Rolls Off the Production Line in Bowling Green The Last C6 Corvette Rolls Off the Production Line in Bowling Green
The Last C6 Corvette Rolls Off the Production Line in Bowling Green The Last C6 Corvette Rolls Off the Production Line in Bowling Green The Last C6 Corvette Rolls Off the Production Line in Bowling Green
The Last C6 Corvette Rolls Off the Production Line in Bowling Green The Last C6 Corvette Rolls Off the Production Line in Bowling Green  


Source:
CorvetteMuseum.com

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