Corvette Sales & Production Numbers

Recently, Chevrolet released the final counts for the 2016 Model Year Corvettes and as we looked over the impressive results of a total of 40,689 Corvettes being produced, up by 6,449 cars or almost 19% we were wowed by how this favorite of American icons continues to kick ass in the market.

It is also no surprise that the highest selling model was the Stingray Coupe, garnering 52.6%, followed by the Z06 Coupe with 28.4%. Stingray Convertibles accounted for 12.4% and Z06 Convertibles trailed with 6.7%.

But how does all of that stand up against the sales figures of Corvette’s of yesteryear? What kind of sales did the Corvette’s of the ’50s, ’60s or ’80s compare? Over the years this is a question we get a lot. How many Corvette’s sold in 1968? (answer =28,566) Which was Corvette’s highest selling year? (1979 @ 53,807 Corvette’s sold)?

You get the idea. We decided to put this online for people to be able to check out. Below are the Corvette Sales & Production Numbers by Year. We included a cool chart too and even broke out Corvette sales by body type too.

Total Corvette Sales Numbers (by Year)

Generation Corvette Model Year Total Production
C7 2016 40,689
C7 2015 34,240
C6/C7 2014 37,288
C6 2013 13,466
C6 2012 11,647
C6 2011 13,596
C6 2010 12,194
C6 2009 16,956
C6 2008 35,310
C6 2007 40,561
C6 2006 34,021
C5/C6 2005 37,372
C5 2004 34,064
C5 2003 35,469
C5 2002 35,767
C5 2001 35,627
C5 2000 33,682
C5 1999 33,270
C5 1998 31,084
C4/C5 1997 9,752
C4 1996 21,536
C4 1995 20,742
C4 1994 23,330
C4 1993 21,590
C4 1992 20,479
C4 1991 20,639
C4 1990 23,646
C4 1989 26,412
C4 1988 22,789
C4 1987 30,632
C4 1986 35,109
C4 1985 39,729
C4 1984 51,547
C3 1982 25,407
C3 1981 40,606
C3 1980 40,614
C3 1979 53,807
C3 1978 46,776
C3 1977 49,213
C3 1976 46,558
C3 1975 38,465
C3 1974 37,502
C3 1973 30,464
C3 1972 27,004
C3 1971 21,801
C3 1970 17,316
C3 1969 38,762
C2/C3 1968 28,566
C2 1967 22,940
C2 1966 27,720
C2 1965 23,562
C2 1964 22,229
C1/C2 1963 21,513
C1 1962 14,531
C1 1961 10,939
C1 1960 10,261
C1 1959 6,970
C1 1958 9,168
C1 1957 6,339
C1 1956 3,467
C1 1955 700
C1 1954 3,460
C1 1953 300

Corvette Sales Numbers Chart


Corvette Sales Notes

C1 Sales & Production Numbers

The first Corvette (known as the C1 generation) began production on June 30 1953. Sales started slow at 300 units that first year. In 1955 there was both an inline-6 and V8 engine option available. 1956 saw the introduction of the updated body style with roll-up windows, no inline 6 option (V8-only) with 3-speed manual transmission standard. Optional 4-speed manual and fuel injected engine option added in 1957 which led to sales volumes of 6,339 units. A number of face lifts and new styles were added in subsequent years that drove big increases in Corvette sales to 21,513 in 1963.

C2 Sales & Production Numbers

1963 the second generation Corvette (known as the C2 generation) was launched. Featuring a totally new coupe body style introduced the the iconic split rear window (it only lasted one year). These cars are the first Corvettes to feature independent rear suspension, optional 4-wheel disc brakes, a big-block V8 engine option and the use of the “Stingray” designation. Their limited production years and iconic design have meant they are hugely popular amongst collectors. Production volumes hovered between 22,000 and 28,000 units between 1963 and 1968.

C3 Sales & Production Numbers

The C3 Corvette was the workhorse in terms of number of units and sheer number of years in products. In production from 1968 till 1982 it was redesigned and refreshed a number of times over the years. It started out with the “chrome bumper” stage from 1968-1972 periodically until the final, lower production (in anticipation of the C4) 1982.  Notable models during this generation include the competition-ready 1968-69 L88, the well-balanced 1970-72 LT-1, the last convertible model until the introduction of the C4 (1975), the base model 1976 Corvette with only 165 emissions-controlled horses, the Silver Anniversary (pictured) and Indianapolis Pace Cars of 1978 and the hatchback-glass equipped 1982 Collector Edition. Sales started modestly at around 17,000 units in the early years and peaked around 1979 at 53,807 units.

C4 Sales & Production Numbers

The C4 generation Corvette cars should have begun selling in 1983, but they didn’t. Development and quality control issues prevented the introduction of the C4 Corvette until March of 1983, 6 months beyond the typical September new model introduction.  In short, no 1983 Corvettes were ever offered to the public; the C4 was introduced as a 1984 model. As GM was still struggling with ever-increasing emissions regulations, the focus for early C4 Corvettes was on handling and chassis dynamics.

While the C4 was known as a good handling car it wasn’t until the additional of a lot more power in 1992 with the second-generation LT1 (300HP) that the Corvette became embedded in American sports car history. Notable C4 Corvettes are the early models with the unique Doug Nash “4+3” overdrive manual transmissions, the 1988 35th Anniversary model (pictured), the incredible and highly anticipated ZR-1 supercars of 1990-95, and the Grand Sport and Collector Edition models from 1996, which sported a one-year only 330HP LT4. Production volumes were huge in 1984 due to the essentially 1.5yrs of selling the 1984 model and steadily declined every year from that point onward until 1997 when the new generation was released.

C5 Sales & Production Numbers

The Corvette C5 was a better car across every function than its predecessor. Performance, quality, handling, packaging and functionality improved across the board, this was the best Corvette so far. The 5th generation marked the return of three distinct body styles: coupe, convertible and hardtop coupe, the latter being the basis for the Z06 track monster that was introduced in 2001.

The Corvette team was given a clean slate to design the new car, resulting in innovations like a rear mounted transaxle for better weight distribution, different diameter wheels (front/rear) and, for the first time since 1962, a trunk in the convertible and hardtop that could easily accommodate a full size golf club bag. Last but not least, the LS series of engines made their debut in the C5’s, ranging from 345HP in the base model to 405HP in the later Z06 models. Notable C5 Corvettes include the 50th Anniversary model, the 1998 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, the Fixed Roof Coupe of 1999-2000 and 24 Hours of LeMans Commemorative Edition (pictured). Production volumes were consistent at between 30,000 and 35,000 units per year during that time.

C6 Sales & Production Numbers

The C6 was an impressive sports car. Coming out of the the gate with a sub-4.5 second 0 to 60mph and 187 mph top speed this was one quick car. And it was cheaper than the 2004 C5 model it replaced. Wow. Since its 2005 introduction, the base Corvette received a new 436 HP LS3 engine, providing awesome levels of performance. The well-sorted chassis prompted Corvette engineers to develop enhanced Corvette models, including the 505 HP Z06 (2006), 635 HP ZR1 (2009) Grand Sport (2010), and 427 convertible (2013) models. Speaking of the Grand Sport, Chevrolet produced more of these in 2010 than the base model coupes and convertibles. Production volumes started strong in the 30,000 units + range and then fell during (and beyond) the financial crisis to a paltry 11,647 in 2012.

C7 Sales & Production Numbers

Coming Soon. Once C7 production has ended.


Total Corvette Sales By Type

Generation Model Year Coupe Convertible Hardtop/Z06 ZR1 Total Production
C7 2016 21,387 5,027 14,275 40,689
C7 2015 20,757 4,830 8,653 34,240
C6 2014 26,565 10,723 37,288
C6 2013 7,505 2,456 471 482 13,466
C6 2012 7,876 2,889 478 404 11,647
C6 2011 8,324 3,562 906 806 13,596
C6 2010 6,761 3,338 518 1,577 12,194
C6 2009 8,737 3,343 3,461 1,415 16,956
C6 2008 20,030 7,549 7,731 35,310
C6 2007 21,484 10,918 8,159 40,561
C6 2006 16,598 11,151 6,272 34,021
C6 2005 26,728 10,644 37,372
C5 2004 16,165 12,216 5,683 34,064
C5 2003 12,812 14,022 8,635 35,469
C5 2002 14,760 12,710 8,297 35,767
C5 2001 15,681 14,173 5,773 35,627
C5 2000 18,113 13,479 2,090 33,682
C5 1999 18,078 11,161 4,031 33,270
C5 1998 19,235 11,849 31,084
C5 1997 9,752 9,752
C4 1996 17,167 4,369 21,536
C4 1995 15,323 4,971 448 20,742
C4 1994 17,536 5,346 448 23,330
C4 1993 15,450 5,692 448 21,590
C4 1992 14,102 5,875 502 20,479
C4 1991 12,923 5,672 2,044 20,639
C4 1990 12,967 7,630 3,049 23,646
C4 1989 16,663 9,749 26,412
C4 1988 15,382 7,407 22,789
C4 1987 20,007 10,625 30,632
C4 1986 27,794 7,315 35,109
C4 1985 39,729 39,729
C4 1984 51,547 51,547
C3 1982 25,407 25,407
C3 1981 40,606 40,606
C3 1980 40,614 40,614
C3 1979 53,807 53,807
C3 1978 46,776 46,776
C3 1977 49,213 49,213
C3 1976 46,558 46,558
C3 1975 33,836 4,629 38,465
C3 1974 32,028 5,474 37,502
C3 1973 25,521 4,943 30,464
C3 1972 20,496 6,508 27,004
C3 1971 14,680 7,121 21,801
C3 1970 10,668 6,648 17,316
C3 1969 22,129 16,633 38,762
C3 1968 9,936 18,630 28,566
C2 1967 8,504 14,436 22,940
C2 1966 9,958 17,762 27,720
C2 1965 8,186 15,376 23,562
C2 1964 8,304 13,925 22,229
C2 1963 10,594 10,919 21,513
C1 1962 14,531 14,531
C1 1961 10,939 10,939
C1 1960 10,261 10,261
C1 1959 9,670 6,970
C1 1958 9,168 9,168
C1 1957 6,339 6,339
C1 1956 3,467 3,467
C1 1955 700 700
C1 1954 3,640 3,460
C1 1953 300 300

Total Corvette Sales By Type Chart

Corvette Sales Chart - By Type


Notes:

  • 2016 and 2017 Corvette Z06 models (both coupe and convertible) are counted under Z06 category.
  • 2013 production total includes 2,552 427 Convertible models
  • For 1965, originally there is a total of 23,562 Corvettes produced according to the Official Chevrolet production figures, but was changed to 23,564 in March of 1991.
  • 1978 production total includes 40,274 standard coupes and 6,502 Pace Car models.
  • 1982 production total includes 18, 648 standard coupes and 6,759 Collector Edition models

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