Is a “unicorn” Corvette really worth paying nearly double the sticker price?
With first the UAW strike and now the coronavirus wreaking havoc with the production of the new generation mid-engine Corvette, some dealers and owners are looking for a quick way to keep paying their bills in the midst of the current economic shutdown.
Autoblog.com reports that one 2020 Corvette really stands out from the crowd, with an asking price of $159,880! Their explanation for the huge markup: “I don’t really know how to answer that question.” But the spokesman for Silicon Auto Group near Austin, Texas went on to tell Autoblog that he has people to pay and that this is a unicorn and the only one in the world like it.
That remains to be seen, but obviously, VIN 0061 is pretty well loaded out, with the top-of-the-line 3LT package ($11,950) and the now-on-constraint carbon fiber ground effects package ($4,850).
In all, the Arctic White over Adrenaline Red Stingray is estimated to boast a final sticker price of $96,595 with the destination charge included.
Also on the list of options are:
- Z51 Performance Package ($5,000)
- Full-length Carbon Flash Metallic Racing Stripe ($995)
- Engine Appearance Package ($995)
- Front Lift ($1,495)
- Black Trident Wheels ($2,695)
- Battery Protection Package ($100)
- Magnetic Ride Control ($1,895)
- Carbon Flash Metallic Wing ($1,150)
- Red Brake Calipers ($595)
- Transparent Roof Panel ($995)
- Carbon Flash Metallic Side Mirrors ($100)
- Torch Red Seat Belts ($395)
- Two-tone Seats ($395)
- Carbon Fiber Interior Trim ($1,500)
It all boils down to the old tale of supply and demand. As the dealership says in its ad, SILICON HAS THE VEHICLE IN STOCK AND READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY.
Whether IMMEDIATE DELIVERY is worth adding the price of another base C8 just to be the first kid on your block with a loaded mid-engine Stingray is something that can only be answered by someone’s wallet. Wouldn’t it suck if you pulled up in your new C8, having paid $160K, and your next-door neighbor pulled up in an identical Stingray?
What do you think? If you had the money, would you go for it or just be patient and wait on the 2021s, or better yet hope that you can gobble up another 2020 turned down by the original intended purchaser?
(NOTE: We searched this morning on eBay and saw the auction listing for this Stingray had a reduced price of $154,880 while at Cars.com its listed for $159,880. Other 2020 Corvettes with high prices include $119,000 for VIN 2719 at Van Chevrolet in Scottsdale, Arizona, with cars.com optimistically saying that there is a 90 percent chance this “hot car” will sell in 6 days. Eight other C8s were listed above $100,000, but that may not mean price gouging as Davis Gainesville Chevrolet in Gainesville, Florida is just asking sticker price for its 3LT with a whopping MSRP of $113,825.)
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