With recent spy photos and with even the National Corvette Museum, in its report on production of the 2018 Corvette, musing:
“And as for a ‘C8’ mid-engine Corvette, no official word has been received announcing the highly anticipated model. But it has been photographed quite a bit lately. Perhaps it’s GM’s way of teasing us just a little bit!”
We have a question for you to ponder — but it’s not about that 2019 and apparently mid-engined Corvette. Our question is this:
The Corvette museum, which is located just across the road from the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, reports in its most recent newsletter that the factory will end production of the 2018 Corvette during the week of January 22 and that production of the 2019 model begins the week of January 29.
It also notes that the 2018 model basically will be a carryover from the 2017 version, except for a few features, including color choices, and for the 650 available 65th anniversary Carbon Editions.
It also reports that fewer than 9,700 of the 2018-model-year Corvettes are scheduled for production, “making it one of the shortest model years” in the sports car’s history.
Which leads us to our question for your pondering: With fewer than 9.700 scheduled to be built, does that make the 2018 Corvette an instant future classic and collectible?
Assuming that the 2019 model is, indeed, a mid-engine supercar — the first production Corvette ever with its engine anywhere but in front of the driver — people, including collectors, will be all over that model. But if scarcity is part of collectaability — and it is — might not the 2018 Corvette be a wise purchase for the collector looking to have a car worth more than MSRP somewhere down the road?
By the way, the “order guide” for those 2019 Corvettes is scheduled to be released on November 20. Stay tuned.