It’s the end of an era; the last of the C6 Chevrolet Corvettes rolled off the car’s production line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, yesterday.
The car was a white 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible similar to the one pictured above, and its engine, a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8, was built by none other than Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter.
Unfortunately for the collectors out there, General Motors plans to keep this particular C6 Corvette--it will soon be on its way to the automaker’s Heritage Collection back in Detroit.
The car was the 13,466th Corvette built for the 2013 model year, the final year for the C6 and the 60th for the Corvette nameplate. Since the C6 was launched, back in the 2005 model year, over 215,000 examples have been built.
Workers at the Bowling Green plant are now in the process of converting the last of the assembly line to be ready for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which starts production in the coming months and should be in showrooms by September.
General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] is also moving its popular Performance Build Center, currently located in Wixom, Michigan, to the Corvette plant. The move will allow certain Corvette customers to combine the experience of watching their car being assembled with participating in the build of their vehicle’s high-performance engine.
There’s been no mention of which engines will be included in the Corvette Engine Build Experience program this time. Previously, the program was reserved for buyers of the Z06 and ZR1 models. The new 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 that will power the latest 2014 Corvette Stingray will be produced at GM’s Tonawanda engine plant in Buffalo, New York.
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