It’s customary to sign a card for a departing coworker, or perhaps bring in a cake and have a get-together. Employees at Chevrolet’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant said goodbye to an old friend at the end of last month, but there wasn’t any time for cake: the old friend was the sixth-generation (2005-2013) Chevrolet Corvette, and workers quickly got back to work preparing to build its replacement: the 2014 Corvette.
Chevrolet says that the last 2013 Chevrolet Corvette came off the line in Bowling Green at 8:04 AM on February 28, and workers took a quick 30-minute break to celebrate the end of the C6 generation. The car in question, as you might expect, was one of a Corvette special editions: it was an arctic white Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition, which also featured the Corvette’s 60th-anniversary decor package and a blue interior.
It was possible to order the 427 Convertible and build the engine yourself at the GM Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan (although this process will soon be transferred to Bowling Green, Kentucky). While this particular car isn’t going to a customer (GM will keep it) the engine was hand-built by a customer of sorts: Tadge Juechter, the Corvette’s executive chief engineer.
The 427 Convertible — C6 Corvette number 215,100 — now heads to the GM Heritage Center collection in Warren, Michigan. As for those celebrating workers, many left the brief ceremony, turned around, and continued to remodel the Bowling Green plant in preparation for the C7-generation, 2014 Corvette coupe and convertible.
Source: General Motors