It was a little over a year ago when the very first C8 Corvette built for serialized production was auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson. Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and General Motors CEO Mary Barra drove the Torch Red coupe onto the stage before it was sold to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick for a stout $3 million. The proceeds from VIN number one were given to the Detroit Children’s Fund.
2020 Corvette Stingray number 19,456 is literally just one month old, having rolled off the assembly line on December 14, 2020. It was originally ordered by Van Bortel Chevrolet in Macedon, New York as a pre-sold order.
The exterior of the non-Z51 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible comes finished in Sebring Orange Metallic— a $995 option—with Elkhart Lake Blue Corvette lettering. The interior brings Natural Dipped Leather seating surfaces, with Tension Blue seat belts as accents. C8 number 19,456, also comes equipped with the 3LT trim package, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear Carbon Flash wheels, and Carbon Flash Metallic side mirror caps to match. Additionally, there’s a chrome exterior badge package, battery protection package, composite rockers, custom splash guards, and a premium Corvette indoor car cover.
Motivation for the 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible and coupe comes from GM’s 6.2-liter LT2 V8 which is hooked to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Electronic wizardry includes Magnetic Ride Control, drive mode select, and all-speed traction control. It even comes with all the protective plastic from the factory fully intact and in place.
Normally, the first and last Corvettes from a given model year are auctioned for charity or kept by General Motors. It’s unlikely we see C8 Corvette number 19,456 reach the same monetary stratosphere as number 1, but who knows, especially if Rick Hendrick gets involved.