Everything You Want to Know About the 1970 Corvette, All in One Place.
The arrival of the 1970 Corvette happened somewhat later than was typical in the automotive manufacturing industry, due in part to the incredible sales backlog that had occurred during the 1969 model year and also due in part to the UAW (United Workers) strike, which delayed the new Corvette from reaching showrooms until February.
The decision to prolong the ‘69’s production had been made by then Chevrolet President, John Z. DeLorean, who had taken the helm of the company on February 1, 1969. Along with the Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird, DeLorean believed that prolonging production of the earlier models into the winter of 1969-70 would help Chevrolet make up ground on an order backlog that had occurred in part because of the two-month automotive workers strike at GM plants early in 1969.
It was because of this extension that the 1969 Corvette had set record sales numbers for the model year.On November 7, 1969, Chevrolet manufactured its 250,000th Corvette since production of the sports car had begun on June 30, 1953. Although technically the model should have been a 1970 Corvette, it was still recognized as a 1969 because of the aforementioned production extension. The car, which rolled off the production line at 10:32 a.m., was a convertible painted in Riverside Gold. The car was originally purchased by George Dyer of Montebello, California.