Last Thursday, the final C6 Corvette made its way from the assembly plant in Bowling Green, KY, to make room for the 2014 Corvette Stingray that will start production within a few weeks. The final C6, car No. 13,466 for the 2013 model year, will be preserved at General Motors’ Heritage Collection in Detroit.
After a short ceremony consisting of Plant manager Dave Tatman and 500 employees, workers began to dismantle the assembly line to get prepared for the 2014 Corvette Stingray. This also happened when the final C6 frame was completed.
“There’s been a great deal of anticipation as we get ready to build the Stingray. But it’s been pretty much all business here. We added in the 427 convertible and the 60th anniversary edition, and built more cars this year than in the past few years and did it in a model year that was three months shorter,” said Tatman in a recent interview.
As the 2014 Stingray won’t be ready to show until the end of August at the earliest, Chevrolet dealers will continue to sell the current Corvette model. With the current inventory of 6,100 Corvettes on February 1, there are enough models to last for the next five months, given the current sales rate of the car.
With the production of show cars and prototypes, the Bowling Green plant closed its doors to tours this past September, and the plant will reopen later this year when the assembly line for the new Stingray is running smoothly. There will be an addition of 150 workers to help build the Stingray, with additional temporary workers to help with the car launch.
Source: Automotive News