Automotive News’ product editor Rick Kranz wrote yesterday on the timeline for C6/C7 Corvette production. He says that according to a source at Chevrolet, the C6 Corvette will be offered in 2012 and 2013 while the C7 Corvette is expected in 2014. However, he writes that the 2013 model year may be abbreviated to allow plenty of time to retool the Bowling Green Assembly Plant for C7 production.
With 2013 being the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, Kranz believes (and we concur) that the 2013 Corvette will be offered with a special package to mark the anniversary. Chevy has offered a new special edition just about every year of C6 production so that call is sort of a no-brainer.
However, we did hear an interesting rumor at the C5/C6 Bash at the NCM last month about a 60th Anniversary model in that there is consideration for a White Corvette with Red interior to match the 1953 models.
Just for kicks, I’m gonna throw this speculation out there as well. (If autocar.co.uk can make up rumors, so can I!)
If a white Corvette is offered as an Anniversary model in 2013, we think it will be a special off-white color that matches up more closely to the original Polo White cars of ’53 as opposed to the bright Arctic White found on the current C6.
While at the Bash, I asked Exterior Designer Kirk Bennion how long it takes to bring a new color to market (the question was in regards to the new Carlisle Blue) and his answer was two years. That fits the time-line of bringing their latest off-white Corvette color – the low-gloss Icy White Metallic paint found on the 2011 Corvette Z06X Track Car – to market in 2013 as the special 60th anniversary color for the last of the C6 Corvettes.
It seems I’m not the only one anticipating a White/Red special edition Corvette as the C6’s swan song. Check out Scott Teeter’s excellent speculative rendering of a 60th Anniversary Corvette at CorvetteReport.com.