Chevrolet will build a total of 20,000 Corvette Stingrays for the 2020 model year, which seems appropriate.
Well, the exact number is 20,368 – split between 16,787 coupes and 3,581 convertibles – according to a detailed production report released by the National Corvette Museum, and the last of those is expected to roll off the Bowling Green, Ken., assembly line sometime in December before it switches over to manufacturing the 2021 cars.
Chevy was hoping to sell a fair bit more than that – some estimates put the goal at 40,000 – but was hampered by production shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which pushed many of the early reservation holders into 2021 Stingrays.
The reduced supply means that those who were lucky enough to score one of the first year mid-engine Stingray coupes or convertibles may find themselves with an even more valuable collectible in the future.
Of the total, just 2,946 cars were the entry-level LT1 trim, while 15,476 customers chose the optional Z51 package that increases horsepower from 490 hp to 495 hp and adds chassis upgrades to improve the Stingray’s on-track performance.
Torch Red was the most commonly specified color at 5,137 cars, while Zeus Bronze ended up the rarest at 548, with just 100 of those being convertibles.
The 2021 Stingrays are getting a few feature tweaks, but remain largely the same aside from the elimination of the Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat and Blade Silver Metallic paint options, which were applied to 1,068 and 1,130 of the 2020 cars, respectively.