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Today in Corvette History: The One Millionth Corvette is Built

by Keith Cornett on July 2, 2014

Today in Corvette History: The One Millionth Corvette is Built

On July 2, 1992 at around 2pm, Chevrolet completed the production of a 1992 Corvette wearing VIN # 1G1YY33PXN5119134. With media and special guests on hand to witness the occassion, the white Corvette would forever be known at the 1 millionth Corvette.

Similiarly outfitted like the original 1953 Corvettes, the 1 Millionth Corvette wears a white exterior with a red interior. Options include multi-port fuel injection, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, acceleration slip regulation, 4-wheel independent suspension and a 5-link independent rear suspension. A special windshield banner and embroidered seats read 1,000,000th.

The One Millionth Corvette is Built
Left to Right: Zora Arkus-Duntov, E. Michael Mutchler (GM VP), Billy Jackson (Prez, UAW local 2164), Jim Perkins (GM VP), David McLellan (Corvette chief engineer), and Paul Schnoes (Bowling Green plant manager)

For the first 21 1/2 years of its life, the 1 Millionth Corvette led mostly a pampered life. After its competition at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, it toured the country in a special hauler along with a 1953 Corvette.

Following its donation to the Corvette Museum, the C4 became one of the centerpieces of the NCM’s collection under the museum’s Sky Dome where it would eventually be joined with the 2009 Corvette that was the 1.5 millionth Corvette to be built.

The One Millionth Corvette is Built

In 2014, the life of the 1 millionth Corvette took an unexpected turn. In the early morning hours of February 12th, a sinkhole opened under the Museum’s Sky Dome and swallowed eight Corvettes including the milestone C4. The 1 Millionth Corvette survived the fall and came to rest on its side inside the giant 40 foot deep cavern.

Three weeks later, construction crews were able to get to the C4 Corvette and they lifted it out of the sinkhole. Damage from the fall is moderate with the windshield frame mostly flattened and the front and passenger side of the car scrapped up. Luckily, the Corvette is in good enough shape that it will most likely be one the first Corvettes to be repaired by GM once the process of restoration begins later this year.


Related:
These are the Eight Corvettes that Fell into the Corvette Museum’s Sinkhole
[VIDEO] Corvette Museum Rescues the 1992 One Millionth Corvette from Sinkhole
Corvette Museum’s Board Opts to Keep Part of the Sky Dome Sinkhole Visible

 

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