Let's take a walk down memory lane with the phenomenal eighth-generation Corvette
A remarkable day in Corvette history/image courtesy of Car & Driver
I know it wasn’t the moon landing or a similar historical moment, but do you remember where you were when GM revealed the revolutionary eighth-generation Corvette? I do, as I was perched by my computer in the lobby of my used car dealership, with customers shunned and door locked so I could focus on every nuance. There was a plethora of excitement surrounding the C8, as this was not your typical evolutionary generation progression (like the C5 to C6), but a groundbreaking all-new design, most notably the placement of that glorious LT2 engine behind the enthusiast.
The edgy design and proper “supercar” location of the engine broke the stereotyped “jorts and New Balance” mold, and the C8 shattered demographic barriers as it entered this new era of Corvettes. As an active daily participant in multiple Facebook C8 pages, I see this phenomenon of demographic diversity demonstrated daily.
To assist with this nostalgic walk, I looked in our CorvSport archives for renderings, and this one 4 years ago from MidEngineCorvetteForum member Chazcron was shockingly close.
It’s a wee bit long, but it’s worth watching just the first few minutes if you want a tingle of excitement along your spine as this sexy beast roars onto the stage.
Here is a cool pre-release promotional video
If you are excited just by reliving the introduction of the C8, so were thousands and thousands of other enthusiasts, and this created a problem if you were looking to experience this mid-engine marvel yourself. Not to focus on the negative from this period, but this iconic eight-generation Corvette came at a tumultuous time in our lives, as the pandemic was hitting our shores. This created what I refer to as the Covid phenomenon, which brought along with it supply chain issues and plant closures, but strangely also large amounts of discretionary income and a thirst for toys.
The end result, which still lingers to this day, was a limited supply of C8s to address an insatiable thirst for this revolutionary machine. For the first time in recent history, most dealers were selling for over MSRP, with enthusiasts bragging if they found a dealer who would “let it go” for sticker. This also created another first in Corvette history, as private sellers were flipping their used C8s for profit, some right after delivery.
If you want to take a deeper dive, here are some of the pieces I’ve done on this bizarre Covid Era dynamic.