Back in June, the Corvette Team unveiled the 2014 Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Coupe at the National Corvette Museum. The special launch edition coupes are all Laguna Blue with the 3LT Brownstone Interior and a Black Stinger hood graphic and 500 will be produced and allocated to dealers.
In our interview with Corvette/Camaro Marketing Manager John Fitzpatrick last Friday, we learned that once the Corvette Stingray Convertibles start production, 500 Convertible Premiere Editions will be built for dealers as well.
The Corvette Stingray Premiere Editions count as an extra allocation for dealers who can then decide whether to display the car in their showrooms or sell them to a customer. They cannot be ordered by customers directly.
The Laguna Blue Corvette Stingray Premiere Editions feature the Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Selective Ride Control, the variable tuned Performance Exhaust system and the visibile Carbon Fiber Roof. Other accessories include the Black “Stinger” hood graphic, 19/20″ Chrome Wheels, Stingray interior sill plates and wheel caps and of course the five-piece custom Corvette-branded luggage.
Corvette Team member John Fitzpatrick tells us that production has started with the Premiere Edition Coupes with roughly 100 of the 500 Corvette Stingrays already made. “I think we’ve built a hundred of them already. We’ve just done the coupes so far”, says Fitzpatrick and then he added “We are going to do a convertible edition and the convertible Premiere Edition will obviously start when Convertible production starts later in the fourth quarter.”
That’s great news for dealers who will have the ability to claim either a coupe or convertible Premiere Edition for their stores.
“Any dealer who is eligible for initial allocation for the Corvette has the opportunity to receive one of those Premiere Editions, either coupe or convertible.” Fitzpatrick said. “They have the choice of whether to say they want one or not, but they also have opportunity to tell us if they want a coupe or the convertible. Most of them are telling us they’ll take a Coupe and a Convertible and at the end we’ll divide them up and probably distribute them based on dealers overall Corvette Sales for the last 13 months or so.”
“The Premiere Editions should start arriving in dealerships. Those [dealers] that want the coupe, those should start arriving in dealerships in the next couple of weeks,” Fitzpatrick said.
Each of the launch-edition Stingrays will also have their own unique VIN number starting with “300001″ and the sequence number will be shown on the exclusive interior dash plaque commemorating the limited edition models.
Click here to watch the video of the unveiling of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Coupes from the NCM in June. You can also read our full interview with John Fitzpatrick.
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