We reached out to Chevrolet late last week to check in on the production of the 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 – the special edition which celebrates the Corvette’s 65th Anniversary. The Ceramic Matrix Gray Corvette Grand Sports and Z06s had reached 356 produced of the 650 total as the three-month plant shut down began at the end of July and we were anxious to find out if the special edition would sell out all 650 units.
The good news is YES! All 650 of the 2018 Carbon 65 models will be built. I say “will be” as the orders are in the system and the final Carbon 65 models will be completed during the final week of 2018 production which begins January 22nd.
With the orders locked in and all 650 models accounted for, here is the production breakdown on the 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 Edition:
The 650 Carbon Editions were made up of 297 Grand Sports and 353 Z06s. Buyers had their choice of Coupes or Convertibles, plus their choice of 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions, as well as the option of adding the Z07 performance package. Alternatively, buyers could also select just the free-flow J57 Brembo Carbon Ceramic Brakes option which could be added without the full-blown Z07 package.
|MODEL||TOTAL||Z07||J57 Brakes||7-Speed Manual||8-Speed Automatic|
Of the 650 Carbon 65s produced, Chevrolet would export 150 with Europe receiving 127 followed by Canada (49), Middle East (17), Mexico (12) and Japan (8).
The 2018 Carbon 65 becomes the latest Anniversary Model for the Chevrolet as the Corvette celebrates its 65th Anniversary. Chevrolet first celebrated Corvette’s longevity by offering a 25th Anniversary Edition model in 1978 and the most recent Anniversary Edition dropped during the 2013 model year with a 60th Anniversary package that was available across the model line up. A total of seven Anniversary Editions have been built by Chevrolet over Corvette’s 65 years of production.
The 2018 Carbon 65 celebrates the Corvette’s 65th Anniversary with a package that is loaded with the lightweight carbon fiber composite panels and accessories, and features the new-for-2018 Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior. The Z30 RPO special edition adds $15,000 to the price of a 3LT Grand Sport or 3LZ Z06, and each is numbered based on build sequence.
Although all 650 Carbon 65 editions will be built, not all have been spoken for yet, so if you’re interested, you’ll have to go on a mini-quest to find a dealer with an availability.
Chevrolet will be offering the No. 001 Carbon 65 at Barrett-Jackson in January and I did happen to locate the No. 002 Carbon 65 Z06 Convertible if anyone is interested. (Our friends at Sport Chevrolet have a Z06 that is #186) The good news is that the cars are being offered with many of the discounts and rebates available so don’t delay if you want to be driving a Carbon 65 Corvette for a great price during the summer of ’18!
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