Almost immediately after the final C6 Corvette rolled off the line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, demolition began on the factory floor. Since then, for both the safety of the public and secrecy about the Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet has placed public tours of the plant on hold.

Now, more than a year later, 17 Stingrays roll out the door every hour and Corvette fans are again invited to visit what plant officials call a "magical" place. Beginning October 14, $7 will get you access to this facility that just underwent a $131 million renovation. We visited the plant recently and can say it's well worth the price of admission. Only three tours are given each weekday, and reservations are highly recommended.

Interesting things to watch for on the tour include a leak test where just-built Corvettes are subjected to a 12-gallon-a-second shower, rare Lime Rock Green Corvettes going down the line and the occasional leftover signage from the days when the plant also built the Cadillac XLR. Ask nicely and you just might be allowed to start a new Corvette for its very first time – we did.

Check out our video below to get a feel for what it's like to walk among the hundreds of C7s being created, and you'll hear from Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter and plant manager Dave Tatman about what makes this car – and this facility – so special.

Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant


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      whofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bad ass in black. I love it.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like I'll be making a trip out to Kentucky :-)
      Jai
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love this car
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      Kay
      • 1 Year Ago
      2 month wait for my white.
      Jaybird248
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you want rarity, go for the green.
      andy34741
      • 1 Year Ago
      did anyone else hope to see more Corvette production and less talking heads?
      wat
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you, Autoblog, for actually showing an interesting video this time instead of those stupid "Autoblog Short" videos where it just shows some random niche feature.
      Vwfanatic
      • 1 Year Ago
      2 minutes? Was that a warp speed tour of a Vette factory? How about doing a 30 minute "walk the line - how they build the MK 7s!
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          Jonathan Wayne
          • 1 Year Ago
          Because the competition could not possibly find a way to get info on their competition by you know, putting employee plants in there at both the blue collar and white collar level, buy information from employees, or hire away employees that are familiar with the processes. This is not freaking North Korea you know, they can find this stuff out if they really want to.
      Hokiegrad09
      • 1 Year Ago
      If You guys want to see a longer more detailed video. Check this out. http://www.autonews.com/article/20131004/OEM01/131009911/high-demand-to-limit-corvette-supplies#axzz2hBNIlCLc
      The Other Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool videos of the plant. In looking at the Shell ad in the vid, anyone else think a Ferrari California looks more like a Vette and a Vette more like it should be a Ferrari?
      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think I am going to order one!
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