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[Milestone Moment] Did the ’23 C8 Surpass The Production Record Set 44 Years Ago?

Will the phenomenal 2023 eight-generation Corvette take the trophy from the '79, when 53,807 C3s rolled off the assembly line?

A C8 Z06 rolls down the assembly line, image courtesy of savagegeese

Corvette enthusiasts around the globe have been on the edge of their seats the last few months, wondering if the 1979 C3 will reign supreme and hold on to its record-setting production, when the dedicated workers at the St. Louis assembly plant cranked off 53,807 C3s. Okay, “edge of their seats” may be a bit of hyperbole, but the build-up to this potential record has certainly been fun to watch.

Here’s a quick rewind to 5/31/2023, when the 2023 C8 broke into the top ten.

  1. 1979: 53,807
  2. 1984: 51,547
  3. 1977: 49,213
  4. 1978: 46,776
  5. 1976: 46,558
  6. 2016: 40,689
  7. 2007: 40,651
  8. 1980: 40,614
  9. 1981: 40,606
  10. 2023: 40,454

We’ve been following this for a while. Here are CorvSport’s archived features, especially helpful if you are interested in seeing the exact production breakdown by model.

C8 Production Hits 40,454 on 5/31/2023

C8 Production Hits 44,987 on 7/12/2023

C8 Production Hits 46,153 on 7/20/2023

C8 Production Hits 48,384 on 8/07/2023

C8 Production Hits 51,044 on 8/29/2023

The Drum Roll… 2023 C8 Production


These numbers come straight from Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles and were released recently during the 29th Anniversary Celebration at the National Corvette Museum. It is important to note, these numbers are for completed cars as well as those sequenced for production. Harlan says, “It’s not the total final, but close to it.” Want another milestone? Harlan says that it will be the highest year of production of the Corvette ever at the Bowling Green Assembly plant.

Congrats to Chevrolet for a strong 2nd place finish, and the Bowling Green record!

Here is a cool screenshot from the video below, that shows various breakdowns for the 2023 C8.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Welborn via Corvette Blogger

The Asterisk

How does a manufacturer overcome production stumbles with record plant closures and supply chain issues? Well, simply put, they extend the date for production to end, and that’s exactly what GM did. For context on how many weeks the 2023 model year was extended, the 2022 model year ended on 5/06/2022. Yes, a substantial 4 more months of production, so it’s understandable why I’ve seen numerous enthusiasts on social media try to diminish these numbers.

What do you think? Is the Bowling Green production record and 2nd place finish tarnished, or is this something we enthusiasts should acknowledge and celebrate? We have the fastest-growing Corvette community on our Facebook page, with over 151,000 followers (32,000 since January!). Come join other hardcore enthusiasts and say hello, Douglas B.

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