Say you wanted a new V8-powered sports car with two seats, a manual transmission, and a surprising amount of luggage space for a price of, say, between $55,000-$110,000. We regret to inform you that such a vehicle is no longer available from the factory. Instead, it’s been replaced by something completely different. The engine is now in place where the signature storage space was, the clutch pedal has been eliminated for something called a DCT, and you can’t tune it for power upgrades. These are just some of the reasons why the C7 Corvette is still highly appealing compared to the reimagined C8. And even though the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly plant is no longer producing the C7, there are still a few hundred examples of them available at dealerships nationwide.
According to Corvette Blogger, just under 300 C7 Corvettes can be found across the United States, comprised of the base Stingray model, all the way up to the 755-horsepower 2019 Corvette ZR1. Over half of the entire makeup is actually the C7 Corvette Grand Sport, which utilizes the chassis, brakes, tires, wheels, aero and body of the Z06, but with a far more approachable 460 horsepower from its LT1 V8 engine, and not the 650 horsepower LT4. But of the 162 Grand Sports available, only eleven of them have manual transmissions, as of June 4.
Those that want to go top-shelf and get the C7 ZR1, there are just four of them, and only one in convertible guise. The ZR1 coupes, meanwhile, all feature a seven-speed manual transmission. However, if you really want to separate yourself from the pack, there’s a single C7 Corvette Z06 fitted with a Z06 Callaway SC757 package. That would technically be the most powerful new* Corvette on the market, based on the report.
Per the report, the highest concentration of C7 Corvettes for sale is in the little state of New Hampshire, with 28 of them up for grabs. Second is Illinois, with 22. Third is Florida, with 21. On top of whatever incentives a dealer may have in place to help move these cars, Chevrolet is still offering 0% APR financing through 72 months or a $3,250 rebate.