Sterling Blue Exterior Color Will End Production in March 2017


Sterling Blue Exterior Color Will End Production in March 2017

So long Sterling Blue…We hardly knew ya!

The silver/blue exterior color introduced for the 2017 model year will end its run early according to our friend Rick “Corvette” Conti of Coughlin Chevrolet. Rick tells us that the last order date for Sterling Blue will be February 16, 2017 and the last build week is March 20, 2017.

So if you’re on the fence and this was your color, it’s time to call your Chevy dealer!

What we’re not sure about is whether a replacement color will be offered or if the space on the color wheel will remain empty for the remainder of the 2017’s production.

We’ve only seen a replacement color added midway through a model year once since we’ve been blogging about Corvettes over the last 10 years. That was this year’s 2017 Admiral Blue which had already been confirmed as a new color for 2017 but was offered during the final months of 2016 Corvette production.

But with the new Corvette paint shop slated to be completed in April 2017, anything may be possible.

I actually like these one-year colors as they expand the Corvette’s color palettes and offer owners a somewhat exclusive exterior instead of the popular White, Black and Red.

Do you have any ideas on what you would like to see offered as a replacement? Let us know in the comments below.

The National Corvette Museum confirms through Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles that Sterling Blue is indeed going away on the dates specified.

Sterling Blue Exterior Color Will End Production in March 2017

Sterling Blue Exterior Color Will End Production in March 2017

Sterling Blue Exterior Color Will End Production in March 2017


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  1. Why doesn’t GM bring back some heritage colors from their C2 pallets? Sunfire yellow? Good wood Green? Silver Metallic?

  2. Are you sure the new paint shop won’t be finished until April? I was planning on ordering a 2017 GS Heritage, so that it would get the new paint treatment.
    If your date is correct, I may be bumping up against the end of the 2017 run.
    Please comment privately, or publicly.

  3. I agree Ken. Those C2 and C3 colors were awesome! Daytona Blue, Riverside Gold, Monaco Orange, Monza Red. But as for Sterling Blue, it’s just as boring as Carlisle Blue was.

  4. STRIKE THREE Harlan !!! How about LYNNDALE BLUE Harlan?? Been telling you this for quite a while….you need a color specialist……Lynndale Blue is a 67 only color that would look EXTRAORDINARY on a C7……and would INCREASE SALES ! (GUARANTEED)

  5. Sterling Blue smacks of daily transportation (Buick, Toyota, etc). Since this is a wish list – how about sebring silver, warbonnet yellow, corvette bronze or monaco orange… this is a stingray, after all!

  6. No imagination in Corvette World – just make it black with black interior like the Model T.

  7. @Spence

    The paint shop will be completed sometime in the Spring with April being the target. Plant manager Kai Spande has said that changing over from the current paint shop to the new paint shop will be a gradual process for quality control purposes. We will probably know more about time frames once we get closer to that date.

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  8. I would love to see Daytona Blue as my 1964 Sting Ray Coupe is painted (offered on 1963-64 Corvettes). Also my 2014 Cadillac ATS is painted in a fantastic red, called Obsession Red. I’m ordering a new Z06 with the PD5 option (engine build/buyers tour) in the spring, I will wait to see what the new paint shop has to offer, “they should” be able to paint your car any color GM has available for a given model year no matter what division offers it. With the technology available this should be a given for Corvette.

  9. Maybe they should consider going back to the Laguna Blue such is on my 2014 Stingray. I like it better than the 2004 Lemans Blue and the 2011 Jetstream Blue. And the Admiral Blue is way too dark.

  10. I have owned every generation Corvette including 2 C7s. The one I kept in my garage is a heritage color 1971 Bridgehampton Blue with a matching blue interior. I don’t understand how GM comes up with this fabulous generation C7 car but, in my opinion, seems totally unable to come up with a full spectrum of fabulous colors commensurate with the excellent design and engineering of the car. As one commenter notes, LYNNDALE BLUE would be extraordinary and other heritage colors, such as Mulsane Blue, would seem quite spectacular as well. My question therefore, is who is responsible for color selection because in my opinion, there really are far better choices available. If Corvette is to be a “world class” car, then I believe it deserves world class colors.

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