By the late 1970’s, Corvette production was moving at a pace that had never been seen in the history of the car. As Chevrolet General Manager, Robert Lund, had stated in March, 1977, “The St. Louis Plant is operating two nine-hour shifts daily and working overtime two Saturdays a month just to meet sales demand. Current demand is running more than 29 percent ahead of last year.”
Little did anyone realize that, after the popularity of the 1978 Pace Car and Silver Anniversary Editions in 1978, Corvette was about to set another production record – manufacturing more than 50,000 Corvettes in one year – with the 1979 model year. At the same time, Corvette was about to surpass another record – a base sales price of more than $10,000 – for the first time in the car’s history.
1979 Production Volumes by Model Variant
The coupe accounted for 100% of sales in 1979 because the convertible was no longer offered after 1975 for the C3 generation. In all, 53,807 Corvettes were produced in 1979.
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1979 Production Volumes by RPO Codes & Colors
Below, we have broken out the 1979 Corvette production builds by RPO codes and options so you can see how popular or rare certain options were.