[PIC] 2020 Corvette Arrives at Dealership with a Two-Tone Boomerang


[PIC] 2020 Corvette Arrives at Dealership with a Two-Tone Boomerang

Photo Credit: W1nslow C8

You don’t see the new C8 Corvettes arriving at dealers looking like this every day.

The owner of a new 2020 Corvette got a surprise when he visited his local Chevrolet dealer to witness the unveiling of his Torch Red Stingray. Somehow the Corvette was built with both the Torch Red and Carbon Flash exterior trim pieces for the side air intakes, commonly known as the boomerang.

W1nslow C8 writes on the CorvetteForum.com:

This afternoon I got a call from my dealership that my car had just arrived. My wife and I were there in 15 minutes to witness the unveiling. It’s a beautiful car, but somehow the EFY option for body-color accents was recognized on the main body, but not the doors. The car was made with the boomerang accent body color on the main body, but Carbon Flash metallic on the door portion. The dealer is checking with GM on how to resolve this issue while the service department performs the PDI. I can’t believe it passed QC in Bowling Green when it’s obvious the colors don’t match.

[PIC] 2020 Corvette Arrives at Dealership with a Two-Tone Boomerang

Yes, the passenger side door matches the drivers!

We’d like to think that there’s a reason for the mix-up, but damn if we can come up with one. We are sure this is an easy fix though and hopefully, it will be resolved quickly for W1nslow. Until that time, it’s a true 1-of-1 Corvette straight from the factory!

CorvetteBlogger contributor Jeremy Welborn sends me this in response:

Either the two door blade pieces came from the supplier with the wrong label or the parts were mistakenly put on the door in the door trim line, which happens before the door is placed on the car. BG gets this particular part from the supplier already covered, so it would be easy to miss either way. Things like this can happen, but it’s rare for sure. Fortunately, this particular situation is easily remedied. Additionally, this actually did not pass through Chevrolet’s quality control processes. The PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection) at the dealership is designed to be the final quality control measure before the new owner takes delivery. That’s exactly where the issue was discovered. The QC process worked and the issue will be resolved.


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  1. I would give him a personal phone call if I had his number and advise him to choose carefully

  2. I believe that comment by Welborn to be BS. Every auto plant I have worked in (and there have been several, although I have not been in the Corvette plant) has a process where every line worker can stop the line for a problem and this kind of a problem would stand out like a sore thumb. Additionally, there is an end of line QC check where they go over the vehicles with a fine tooth comb for cosmetic imperfections. There is no way this should have passed either of those processes at the factory. Someone was asleep at the wheel.

  3. jake — note Jeremy’s point that when these trim pieces arrive at BG they are already covered, which I presume means in the white plastic adhesive protective film that we have seen in many “fresh off the truck” delivery pics, which is separate from the white plastic protective wrap that goes over the entire car for delivery. If the door portion of the boomerang was installed separately from the fender portion of the boomerang (ie. by different installers at different points in the assembly line), and if both pieces are already covered in the white plastice adhesive protective film, then I doubt the mismatch would “stand out like a sore thumb”.

  4. I would make the dealer install a new one , and keep the two tone one is goes with the car when ever he sell it also he should take lots of pictures

  5. Given that the boomerang pieces are easy to replace, if the owner decides to leave them mismatched to have a “1 of 1” C8, then he will need to take steps to document that it came that way from the factory. How would you suggest he do that, as the mismatch won’t be reflected on the build sheet?

  6. I agree, keep those boomers and buy replacements in black or body color, as the new owner would like. Document this and it’s likely a extremely rare Corvette. Drive it & enjoy it!

  7. Wouldn’t change anything that car is a rare 1 of one. A singed affidavit that it came from the factory like it did would be documentation Gold !!!

  8. The real issue is that this lame ass buyer, probably doesn’t actually know what this car is REALLY about. Maybe he memorized the brochure. A TRUE car guy would have said ” Cool, Thanks, Later”, Screech/Roar!! Tire Smoke and Gone!

  9. Absolutely right! Properly documented with pictures etc. it will truly be
    a rare and one off vehicle.
    NCRS judges will be excited with this anomoly.
    But, wait for 50 years for that to happen— I don’t think so!
    Fix it now!

  10. I’m sure there is some technology that could be produced at the plant to go over the exterior of the car and check it and that would be seen by a computer generated machine if you could program a robot to go over the car via measure the thickness of the paint the door edges to fit and finish you know everything that’s be done at the line I’m sure that will be no problem

  11. I would document the factory mixup with pics and let them send me the correct pieces to remedy it, but keep the other mismatched pieces for a good one off story. Then I would save them for auto shows and eventually the new owner. I also even buy two more pieces in the red to color match the doors for an alternate look just for the heck of it.

  12. As a retired Corporate level Quality Assurance manager, I cannot believe the response given by the Corvette devision of General Motors. They rely on sales people and mechanics to spot factory defects? What happened to six sigma? What about root cause analysis. You missed the non conformance. It should have never left the factory that way. By the way, my first Corvette was a 1958 and have owned and restored many others. GM Corvette is doing a fantastic job designing and building the Corvette. Keep up the good work.

  13. No maybe about it. Bubble wrap that sucker & use it to fund your grandchildren’s college tuition. You won the lottery don’t be a putz.

  14. This reminds me of the one 96 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe that left the factory without the factory rear fender flares. Nobody at the factory or the selling dealership caught the mistake. If I remember right, the original owner didn’t even realize it until sometime after he had bought the car when he discovered something looked different about his car compared to other Grand Sports.

  15. Probably wanted to give them a chance to see that the carbon Flash is the ONLY option..not factually but metaphorically speaking!…in layman’s it looks so damn much better with the carbon flash not just on the door but on the back bumper fake vents look stupid body colored

  16. Corvettes are not wrapped in plastic. They come in a shroud. I left mine at the dealer and wish I hadn’t.
    We were there when the truck arrived from Bowling Green.

  17. I agree with most of these other posts. Leave the car as-is and have it documented and possibly notarized that it’s a one of a kind factory error car. Inform the owner that he’s getting ready to destroy a true one of a kind vehicle, and give him a set of the correct trim pieces in the factory sealed wrapping to further lend to its authenticity and to have the option of having them changed to the correct ho-hum specification, just in case logical reasoning doesn’t prevail. I can’t believe the owner is making an issue of this and just doesn’t get it.

  18. This looks friggin great, plus a free carbon upgrade? This guy definitely doesn’t get it if he’s mopey about a carbon part being added to his car.
    Hell, if Porsche did something like this and dealer spotted it at delivery, they’d add it to the build sheet and charge an extra $10k.
    It’s all in presentation and how the dealer presented it to the buyer was all wrong. ‘Fixing’ this is a travesty.

  19. Back in the day there were numerous accounts of bottles or anything else that would create rattles left in body cavities during assembly with notes asking “How long did it take you to find this?” Sounds like something never change?

  20. I was thinking I would ask them if I could have the two incorrect pieces so down the line,it might make a difference in the value, if these were to be put back on how the car was delivered

  21. I was thinking exactly what everyone is saying about leaving it that way. I also think that it looks pretty cool with the screw up. Only an idiot would have it fixed.

  22. “There I was, minding my own business, when my dream 2020 C8 mid-engine Corvette Stingray showed up at the dealer, when a 1/20,368 chance error occurred.” What to do about the fact that you have a one of one factory built error, that now makes your Corvette just as rare, if not rarer, than VIN # 1!!!!!! Let me remember. In 1955, some Lincoln pennies escaped the U.S. Mint that had a double-strike. This became known as the, “Double-Die Obverse.” Worth far more than the run of the mill Lincoln penny, its value has risen over the years to be one of the most collectible of Lincoln pennies. This is a Corvette Mid-Engine Stingray that had a 1/3rd drop in production as it is; a first-year Corvette of the C8 Generation. A Factory error drops in your lap. A real conversation piece at home or at any car show. Keep this Corvette in great condition (wrap it) and you suddenly have a one of one that everyone in the hobby knows about, World Wide! Go ahead. Have it corrected. Drop your car’s value by two time currently and who knows how much down the road, and then just enjoy it. No more conversation piece. No more one of one. Just a standard very desirable C8. AF

  23. Keep it as-is. Get a statement from the dealer, and keep a copy of this Corvette Blogger article. Get photos of the delivery, and then start driving!

  24. GM has to be the worst car company in existence. Nothing but screw ups, delays, no quality control, all sorts of bugs and problems with the C8. Sad, that such a car has to be manufactured by such a pathetic company-with such a lazy and unprofessional workforce like the UAW that take NO price in their work. Maybe GM should outsource Corvette production to Lexus or Porsche and then the car would be built as it deceivers.

  25. It is surprising that the dealership didn’t catch this glaring error and instead, called the customer to come get their new car. Maybe they thought the customer wouldn’t notice? LOL! Stuff happens.

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