This is the final C7 Corvette to leave Bowling Green
November 14th, 2019 marked the final day of production for the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, making this Z06 the last front-mid-engine Corvette ever built. Chevrolet’s Bowling Green assembly facility, where every Corvette has been built since 1981, will now make the transition to building the long-awaited rear-mid-engine 2020 Stingray.
This particular car, a black Z06 with a seven-speed manual, was sold by Barrett-Jackson more than four months ago. It brought $2.7 million at auction as part of GM’s work with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation that helps fallen first responders, injured service members, and gold star families.
The end of C7 production, as well as the start of C8 production, has been delayed due to a now-resolved six-week UAW strike that halted GM production nationwide.
Chevrolet has a lot of C8s to crank out as the anticipation for its move to a new mid-rear-engine architecture that has been brewing for decades. In fact, Chevy added 400 workers and a second shift at Bowling Green to deal with the increase in demand, as pre-orders may have already totaled more than their first-year production capacity.
The mid-engine era is nearly upon us, people.