For those of us who have been following the development of the C8 Mid-Engine Corvettes, this is some welcome news! But please! Don’t call your dealer to ask where your car is as these new “Saleable” cars aren’t for you and me…yet!
Up until this week, all the 2020 Corvettes we’ve seen from the Reveal, the C8 Dealers Tour, and special events like Corvettes at Carlisle have all had an “EX’ at the end of the VIN. The “EX” cars are considered Experimental and are labeled as such with the “EX” on the VIN. In almost all cases, these cars can’t be sold to the public and will be destroyed once all the testing is completed.
A saleable car is one that doesn’t have the “EX” designation and they are part of GM’s Captured Test Fleet. Engineers and others are on the team will drive and test these cars, but once they have finished, they will be cleaned up and sold to dealers at auction sometime in the next year.
We caught two Saleable C8 Corvettes in the parking lots at the National Corvette Museum’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. VIN #11 is the Rapid Blue Stingray Coupe driven by Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Kai Spande and we also see a lucky #13 in Black that is currently being piloted by Corvette Engineering Manager Josh Holder.
Currently, the C8 Corvettes are being assembled at the plant in limited quantities or “buckets” as they are called when they send a batch of them down the line. Officially, the cars produced for you and me won’t start production until early December. But this is another important threshold that the team has reached in the development cycle.
Photos by Keith Cornett
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