In case there aren't enough on the roads in your area to make the case, Corvette Blogger reports that at last weekend's Corvettes at Carlisle show, General Motors showed a graphic putting the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray production run at 37,288 units. That is about equal to the last three years of the C6 Corvette – combined – and includes Premiere Editions, regular retail sales, and "exports and captured fleet cars that were sellable units" according to Corvette product manager Harlan Charles. Coupes and convertibles equipped with the Z51 package outsold their base versions, and Torch Red narrowly beat Arctic White as the exterior hue of choice.

While that number ranks 14th on the all-time annual production chart, it's a very strong showing in the "modern era," going back 30 years to the introduction of the C3. In this millennium it's only beat by the first year of C6 production in 2005 at 37,372 units (when black was the best selling color and the Z51 only reached 40.8 percent of sales), and the third year of C6 production that hit 40,561 units (black was still the best color and 65.5 percent of buyers checked the Z51 box). Before that, you'd have to go all the way back to 1985 for a higher number.

The second year of C6 production declined even with the introduction of the Z06 – we'll see if the C7 Stingray's enhancements for the 2015 model year and the sales help of the bonkers yet absurdly reasonably priced Z06 can prevent that. Meanwhile, head over to Corvette Blogger for a fuller breakdown of the 2014 numbers.


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      john m
      • 3 Months Ago

      It's selling well because it's AWESOME!!!  That and the economy is doing better so people have some money to spend.  WOW!  Build something good and people will buy it... What a novel idea:)

      skoobey
      • 3 Months Ago

      Love this car. They couldn't avoid the tasteless blue and red interior trims, but apart from that, considering the price, performance, looks and the fun factor, quite possibly the best car in the world.

        superlightv12
        • 3 Months Ago
        @skoobey

        Explain how it is tasteless. If you don't like it, that's just you. I've seen the same color combos in everything from Rolls Royces, Ferraris, Alfas, Lamborghinis, you name it. Maybe you just have boring taste. Would all black or gray look better?  Many would call that very boring, including me.

          Smilingoat
          • 3 Months Ago
          @superlightv12

          Lamborghini's/Alfas/Ferraris... They are not known for being "classy" with their most modern iterations. Lamborghini's are especially tacky/garish. I completely understand why people don't like the bright blue/red interiors. I'd pick up a brown leather interior (done right) over any other option though, so I may have bad taste myself. 

          Mobis21
          • 3 Months Ago
          @superlightv12

          Totally agree. Taste is subjective.

      TopGun
      • 3 Months Ago
      Well that should put an end to the square tail light issue.
      It'd be interesting to see how many first year C7 buyers came from other generations as opposed to the first year C6 buyers.
        carguy1701
        • 3 Months Ago
        @TopGun

        There will always be people complaining about the tail lights, sadly. If they want to point the finger at someone, point the finger at the guy who complained the rear of the car hadn't changed in 25 years.

      Shaun
      • 3 Months Ago

      Maybe this is all because the actually made a Corvette that has a great interior, and arguably the best exterior ever.

      Stridenttube
      • 3 Months Ago

      The C7 is one of the sexist cars to ever come out of America. At the price it's selling for it's no wonder it's selling like hotcakes!

      cfphelps
      • 3 Months Ago

      So 2014 (1st year C7) production is still less than 2005 (1st year C6 production), or, the opposite of the story title?  When you compare it to the comparable data (other 1st year runs), it is right in line.

        methos1999
        • 3 Months Ago
        @cfphelps
        So in other words, come back in a few years and see if it is still selling as well... which I hope it is because I have always loved Corvettes :)
      carguy1701
      • 3 Months Ago
      C7 is the new hotness.  Don't be surprised if these numbers taper off down the road.  Plus, the C6 was getting a little long in the tooth with regard to certain things.
      That said, the first year C7s, unlike the first year C4s, will likely appreciate.
        PatTheCarNut
        • 3 Months Ago
        @carguy1701

        37,000 on the road will not help them appreciate.  Maybe depreciate slower being the newest model and biggest update in years but only VERY RARE cars appreciate.

        Stars_Fan
        • 3 Months Ago
        @carguy1701

        Mass produced car appreciate. Lol good one carguy

          carguy1701
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Stars_Fan

          I think they will. For one, they aren't piles of shit like the early C4s were...

      bonehead
      • 3 Months Ago

      This is great news! it means that one day i can afford a well cared for used model!!!!!

      akitadog
      • 3 Months Ago

      The continuing democratization of the "supercar." Anyone who hates that fact is an elitist snob, and screw you.

      tenspeeder
      • 3 Months Ago

      Build a great car, price it right and customers will come. What a concept!


      Now, about that ELR Caddy........

        Firefly
        • 3 Months Ago
        @tenspeeder

        ...or the Dodge/SRT Viper...

          Ted
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Firefly

          The Viper was never meant to sell in these Numbers .  And is on par for what was expected.

      jebibudala
      • 3 Months Ago

      This explains why I see no fewer than 5 on a daily basis.

        Rob Gomes
        • 3 Months Ago
        @jebibudala

        I was going to say similar.  I'm in Boston, but there already seems to be a fair number of them around.  I usually see at least one a day.

      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Months Ago

      Great cars deserve to sell well.

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