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Chevrolet showcases 14 new mid-engine C8 cars at Corvettes at Carlisle


Not only did the car count set a record for the annual Corvettes at Carlisle showcase, but 14 of the Corvettes were the brand-new 2020 C8 mid-engine versions.  More than 5,000 Corvettes were on hand, with a record 2,901 on the “Fun Field,” Carlisle Events announced.

The 14 new C8 Corvettes were showcased by Team Chevrolet, and its display drew people rows deep to visit the tent where the cars were being shown.

In addition to the C8 display, Corvettes at Carlisle 2019 featured a series of seminars, a King of the X autocross, a burnout contest, car-club gatherings and a parade to downtown Carlisle, and a street party.

The weekend also included a fund-raising dinner that generated more than $20,000 for the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation.

After the show, Carlisle Auctions, the sales arm of Carlisle Events, announced that it would add a second auction to its Florida winter season with the Sunset-Carlisle Collector Car Auction scheduled for November 8-9 in Sarasota, Florida.

The new sale is being held in conjunction with Sunset Automotive Group and will feature a docket of more than 400 classic and collector cars, said Carlisle Auctions, which also will do an auction in Lakeland, Florida, in February 2020 at the Winter AutoFest.

“Having a residence in the Sarasota area and involved with groups like the Café Racers and the Oaks Car Club, I have seen the quality of collector cars that reside in Sarasota,” said Carlisle Events co-owner Bill Miller.  “Now Sarasota will be a destination for a world-class collector car auction powered by Carlisle Auctions.  

“Carlisle Auctions is teaming up with the Sunset Automotive Group to bring the best of the best collector cars to Florida’s west coast for this inaugural event,” he added. “So many people watch auctions on TV and comment on how fun and entertaining that looks.  Now, enthusiasts can be part of the excitement first-hand.”

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. As a past owner of a 63 FI and 427/450 66 I think the change in bodies after 67 was the down turn before the long plateau. It looks like they have turned the corner to the oasis.

  2. Also, as a past owner of Corvettes ’66 (427/425 on which I did a body-off resto from 1988 thru 1996), ’71 350 coupe (T-Top), and ’79 (that I purchased ‘brand new’ off a showroom floor with a window sticker of $12,654), I feel that the later models, primarily after ’67, but more specifically after 1972 ( last year for chrome bumpers), have lost the "Americana" associated with the first 19 years of production. They were never the type of car that foreign car companies produced for racing, but they were as American as Baseball, Apple Pie,…..and Yesssss…"Chevrolet". LIke sooo many other things that have practically disappeared from America over the past 20 years (high school dances, pickup baseball games, shoveling snow or cutting grass for $2, and so much more), I see more change (not always for the better), less inter-action of people with each other, and with specific regard to the C8, I can’t seem to come to terms that this car was ever intended to be marketed to the Corvette owners of "yesteryear". In my opinion, there have been a few other "somewhat not so exciting releases over the past 20-25 years, but none that break my bones as much as the C8.


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