The UAW strike in the fall and the coronavirus shutdown in the spring have combined to keep 2020 Corvette production so far to less than 2,800 cars.
Now carsdirect.com is reporting that just 30 of the new mid-engine Stingrays are still available for sale in the United States.
They claim that anyone who’s not already on an order list for the 2020 Corvette can be prepared to pay a premium as high as $50,000 over MSRP – or wait and buy a 2021. But even that, they say, could mean waiting for a while since our friends at Kerbeck, the largest Corvette dealer in the world for years, told carsdirect.com: “We pre-sold all of our 2020 Corvettes as well as the first few months of 2021s” and they’re now taking deposits for later 2021s.
Carsdirect.com found approximately 30 C8s currently still for sale on major third-party listing sites, including the most expensive one being a 3LT coupe in Salt Lake Valley, Utah at a whopping $50,000 over the MSRP of $89,210. That $139,210 price tag sure is way more than the $59,995 price for a base model with no options. In fact, the “early adopters” seem eager to check off lots of option boxes, with carsdirect.com finding just two models under $70,000 and more than half over $80,000.
Once the novelty wears off, however, it’s likely we’ll see a decent supply of 1LT base models, and from all reports we’ve seen, even the sub-$60k Stingray is a lot of automobile for the money. Still, it’s going to be hard for most folks to resist the 2LT options that offer safety features like blind-spot monitoring and the rear vision camera.
Let’s just hope that production gets cranked up again quickly at the Bowling Green plant next week, and lots of Stingrays start rolling off the line – though it sounds like if you’re not on the list for a 2020 already, it’s not going to make any difference for you – unless you want to pay big bucks extra.
On the other hand, we’re not sure how much stock a person should place in this carsdirect.com report since it’s likely that some people already on the 2020 list will change their minds due to various reasons. We’d be inclined to tell folks who really want a 2020 to talk to as many dealers as they can because you never know when one of these pre-sold cars might become available due to a change of heart.
Here’s a link to the 25 new 2020 Corvettes available nationwide via Cars.com.