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Big news about the 2020 Corvette Stingray. The first mid-engine Corvette has finally rolled off the assembly line.
Corvette number 001 rolled off Chevy’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly line this past Monday. The car was originally scheduled to be built last fall, but production was delayed by the 90-day UAW strike against GM.
The black Stingray coupe already has a new home. It was purchased for $3 million at a Barrett-Jackson charity auction in January by NASCAR team and mega-car dealer Rick Hendrick, who said at the time that it’s going into his collection of historic Corvettes and Chevys and will never be driven.
The $3,000,000 price set a record for a new Corvette, and the entire amount was given to the Detroit Children’s Fund
. GM CEO Mary Barra was on the stage when the Corvette gaveled.
You can watch Mr. Hendrick being the last bidder here:
The Bowling Green assembly plant will now start building the Corvette and dealers should see them on the ground late this month. The entire 2020- year model sold out very quickly.
A convertible version will be added to the lineup later in the year. It will be the first hardtop and mid-engine convertible in Corvette’s 66-year history. Powered by the next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the 2020 Stingray convertible will produce 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with performance exhaust – the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.