June 30th marks the 60th anniversary of Chevrolet Corvette production, but Chevy’s celebrating a little ahead of schedule. This afternoon, it unwrapped the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition at an event held at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Although the very first Corvettes to roll off the assembly line (then located in Flint, Michigan) were all Polo White with red interiors, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition isn’t white. Heck, despite the “all Corvettes are red” adage, it’s not even a lovely shade of rouge. Instead, each and every 2014 Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition is painted in Laguna Blue Tintcoat, and accented with a unique hood stripe. Only 500 examples will be built – 200 more than in 1953 – and will sport unique vehicle identification number sequencing, starting with 300001.
From what we can tell, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition is loaded with virtually every option available on the C7. The Premiere Edition includes the 3LT equipment package, the Z51 performance package, magnetic ride control, and an exposed carbon fiber roof panel. Also included is the dual-mode exhaust system, carbon fiber interior trim, and suede interior accents. Premier Edition models also gain branded door sill plates, special wheel caps, and a set of Corvette-branded fitted luggage sourced from Thule.
We haven’t seen a price tag for all this quite yet, but we do know the 2014 Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition won’t be cheap. A base 2014 Corvette Stingray runs $51,995, including destination fees. Excluding the luggage and special cosmetic branding, the aforementioned options tack on another $18,180 to the price tag, bringing a comparably-equipped 2014 Corvette to nearly $70,175.
We expect the Premiere Edition to command a slight premium over that figure, but even so, it’s cheaper than buying the very first 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe to roll off the assembly line in Bowling Green: that car, which representatives tell us will not be a Premiere Edition model, sold at auction in January for $1 million.