Although the Corvette Assembly Plant was scheduled to start building the new 2019 Corvette ZR1s beginning on Monday, March 5th, workers at the plant actually got a jump on production as some of the first retail Corvette ZR1s were built this week.
Sharing the news was the “Louisville Chevy Dude”, aka Mike Davenport who sells Corvettes for Bachman Chevrolet. Mike shared this photo of a 2019 Corvette ZR1 in Sebring Orange tintcoat. The car is shown at the plant and is on an elevated lift as the photo shows:
Mike told us that is car does have a 7-speed manual transmission, which is great news considering we’ve been hearing the manuals are on constraint. That constraint for the 7-speed manual transmissions is supposedly still in effect for the first month or so of ZR1 production.
We don’t know which VIN this Sebring Orange Corvette ZR1 wears but it would have to be among the first batch built. The very first retail 2019 Corvette ZR1 was purchased by Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick who paid $925,000 to win the charity auction at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale auction earlier this year.
The start of production for the ZR1 comes on the heels of yesterday’s news that the 2019 Corvette Configurator is now online at Chevrolet.com and we are still expecting to see the performance stats released shortly as well.
Officials have previously said that Corvette ZR1 production would be limited to about 40-50 cars per week once production starts in earnest and the plant has the capacity to produce about 2,000 this year.
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