Since the introduction of the C7, GM has used the same two internal model codes to specify the base C7 Stingray Coupes and Convertibles. The current Stingray model codes are 1YY07 (Coupe) and 1YY67 (Convertible). The model code is used in all aspects of the car’s production, and you can find the code listed on documentation including window stickers, build sheets and the RPO tag.
All Corvette models (Stingray, Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1) have their own model distinct codes for both coupe and convertible configurations. The exception is the Stingray model which has also distinguishes a separate model codes for the base Stingray and the Stingray with Z51 (1YY07 vs 1YX07):
Here’s where things get interesting.
On his latest vlog, our friend Rick “Corvette” Conti has made an interesting discovery in which shares the names of two new model codes for the 2020 Stingray: 1YC07 (Coupe) and 1YC67 (Convertible). These new codes seem to replace the current codes and Rick doesn’t mention the existence of any other 2020 Corvette model codes, just the Stingray name and the two new codes.
Since we are expecting the C8 mid-engine Corvette to be a 2020 model year, and because the model is significantly different than any of the current Corvettes (or past models for that matter), it makes sense that a new model code could be designated for the new car. And because the codes were associated with the Stingray name, the logical conclusion for us is that Chevrolet may continue the trend of naming the base model C8 as the Corvette Stingray.
Another side of this argument could be that Chevrolet is continuing C7 Stingray production into the 2020 model year, perhaps with a refreshed engine or body updates that would require a new model code to separate it from the existing C7 Stingrays.
There has been some discussion that delays to the C8 Corvette could mean that it comes as a 2021 model year and perhaps a refreshed C7 2020 Corvette Stingray to excite customers with something new and exciting until the C8 Corvette is ready. There is also an excessive amount of 2018 and 2019 Corvette inventory already on dealer lots (estimated to be around 8,000 cars) which may also be used to “fill the gap” until the C8 comes.
Watch Rick Conti discuss the new codes in his latest vlog that was published on Sunday morning. You can see him discussing these codes after the 9:00-minute mark:
Chevrolet has used variations of the 1YY07 model code since it first appeared on the 1982 Corvette Collector Edition, and in 1984 it became the body model code for the C4 Corvette Coupe. In 1986, 1YY67 was used as the code for the reintroduction of the Corvette convertible and both 1YY07/1YY67 were used continually through C5, C6 and all through C7. History tells us that the 1YY07 code does span multiple Corvette generations, but now that run may be coming to an end.
We have yet to see anything that indicated the Stingray moniker would be back on the C8 Corvette and in fact, many were looking at the Manta Ray name trademarked by GM in 2015 as a likely successor. The Manta Ray name came up again in December as a Corvette Forum member named “absolutePower” suggested its return in a lengthy post that appeared to indicate insider knowledge.
Like I said…things are getting interesting! Thanks again to Rick Conti for sharing this info and subscribe to his Corvette VLOG!
Another dealer rep had posted this info and pic on the Corvette Forum last week and it shows the two new codes in Chevy’s order system. They think it’s just a placeholder though…
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