For those who have a 2020 Corvette Stingray on order, the last few months have been a bit like a rollercoaster ride. Thanks to the UAW strike that took place late last year, production of America’s sports car was delayed until last month. This resulted in a number of buyers being told their orders would not be filled for 2020. The strike also resulted in a popular option being stricken from order sheets. However, it is time for C8 buyers to rejoice: Corvettes have officially begun to ship out of the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
As of 8:35 p.m. CST on March 4, 2020, truckloads of Corvette C8s have started to depart from the production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. We know this thanks to the folks over at CorvetteBlogger, who uploaded a video of the first trucks driving towards I-65 just outside the facility. The video was actually captured on the Corvette Museum’s exterior webcams, as the building is located just across the way from the plant. In total we see four car-transporter trucks packed to the brim with mid-engined Vettes making their way to their new homes.
When the UAW strike was authorized back in September of last year, rumors immediately began to swirl about how the 2020 Corvette Stingray would be affected. As the strike stretched on, it became more clear that GM would have to push production back until the last crop of C7s could be produced. In total the strike lasted for 40 days, which resulted in the mid-engined car’s production being pushed back until last month. The strike didn’t just impact production of the cars, as the popular Visible Carbon Fiber Splitter and Side Skirts packages also had to be cancelled due to supplier issues brought on by the strike.
The delay is over now however, which should help brighten any Corvette fan’s day. The production run for the 2020 Corvette Stingray may only last 7 months before the 2021 Corvette starts up, so if you weren’t fast enough to get one, you won’t have to wait long for order books to re-open.