The C8 Corvette is the most hyped version of America’s sports car in all of its 66 year long history, and arguably one of the most hyped up vehicles of all time. The sub $60,000 mid-engine supercar continues to dominate the automotive news cycle, and the demand to order a C8 is surpassed only by the public’s desire to lay their own two eyes on one. Aside from the occasional on-road siting, Chevrolet has been meticulous in selecting where the C8 is shown for public viewing. While Chevrolet is undergoing a nation-wide dealership tour with the C8, not every dealer will have the opportunity to show the car. So if you’re somebody that’s been tracking GM’s white whale, there is now another place to see the mid-engine Corvette in person, if you’re willing to drive to Kentucky.
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky is now home to the only C8 Corvette available for viewing outside of Chevrolet’s own traveling fleet. And it’s not just any C8 Corvette, but a battle-tested development mule that’s seen its fair share of hard miles. The delivery process for the grey and white prototype car was detailed on the museum’s Facebook page back in late August, when the museum announced the cars permanent display in the famous Skydome.
This particular prototype was built back in 2018 and served as a powertrain development mule for the Corvette team and the new LT2 V8 engine found in the middle of the C8. The car spent much of its life at the Milford Proving Ground undergoing testing before the car found its way to its forever home in Bowling Green.
Pre-production prototypes are some of the coolest cars to behold, especially when they were involved in reshaping a car as iconic as the Corvette. There is still time to catch a C8 Corvette at
a dealership near you as Chevy continues its cross-country tour, but those cars didn’t directly play a role in transforming the Corvette forever.