If you look closely at this picture below of the paint samples that were on display at the LA Auto Show, you might realize there are 14 distinct colors being shown despite the Corvette Assembly Plant only having the current capacity to paint 12 colors per model year for the Chevrolet Corvette.
The two extra paint samples appear to be non-production colors, leading Corvette enthusiasts to believe that Chevy may have inadvertently leaked two new colors for the 2023 Corvette.
The photo of the paint display case was posted to the Corvette Forum by “Pohlmit” and close-up photos of the new paint samples appear to show a Pearl White and a Carbon Flash Metallic Black.
A full Carbon Flash exterior has only appeared on modern-day Corvettes during the 2012 model year for the Centennial Edition which celebrated 100 years of Chevrolet. The Pearl White (pearlescent metallic?) has long been on the wishlists of Corvette enthusiasts, especially after the assembly plant’s paint shop was upgraded in 2017 and now has the ability to do a tri-color paint.
So, back to the display and this is where things get really interesting. A Corvette Forum member named “MilesC8” shared these two photos of the new colors and says he was there when reps came and took away the two non-production colors:
I was at show today and while I was looking at the display of paint colors, they removed it. Overheard the guys saying that they were not supposed to have put it out. Guess the 2 new colors were not supposed to be known yet. Looks they’re a pearl white and carbon flash.
Having seen these official exterior displays, we have to think that Chevrolet will likely swap out the standard black and Arctic White for these two new colors for the 2023 model year. With the 2023 model year being the 70th Anniversary of the Corvette, it could be that Chevy is working on a 70th Anniversary model that pays tribute to the original Corvette with a new modern white metallic exterior combined with the Adrenaline Red dipped interior.
What are your thoughts on adding a Pearl White or Carbon Flash Metallic to the 2023 exterior colors? Let us know in the comments below.
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