Now’s the perfect time to snag a C7 Corvette. We’d advise you to consider the Grand Sport.
We’ve got an acute case of New Shiny Object syndrome; as soon as the midengine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette hit the scene we more or less forgot about the ol’ C7. But there are still plenty of perfectly good 2019 Corvettes sitting on dealer lots, and to help each and every last one find a warm garage to call home before the winter hits, Chevrolet is serving up some fairly dramatic incentives.
What’s it going to take to get you into a 2019 Corvette today? How about (up to) $9,404 on the hood? As GM Authority points out, that’s the current nationwide incentive package Chevrolet has cooking for the Corvette Z06.
There’s a pretty big asterisk here: To get this particular deal, you need to be the current owner or lessee of a Corvette to qualify for $3,000 of owner loyalty cash. Add in that $6,404 price reduction and you wind up with the $9,404 discount. Even without the loyalty bonus, though, that is still some serious savings.
Oh, and there’s another hitch: For this particular deal, you need to take delivery by Dec. 2. Which is, at the time of this writing, today. So get moving! Or cross your fingers that the Vettestravaganza continues into December—we’ll update you when we hear more about any incentives that may run through the end of 2019.
Beyond any specific nationwide deals, Chevrolet (and its dealers) has a strong incentive to move all of those C7s off lots before the all-new Corvettes begin to arrive in showrooms next year; this puts you, prospective Corvette owner, in a strong bargaining position.
And if you’re looking at this relatively old-school V8-powered rear-wheel-drive American sports car as a future collector’s item, it’s worth noting that end-of-the-line models do tend to carry a bit of extra cachet. And again, this isn’t just the last of the C7s, but the last of the front-engine Corvettes; it truly represents the end of an era.
On the other hand, we’d bet hundreds of 2019 Corvette buyers have convinced themselves that their last-year-of-production C7s are going to be worth big bucks at future collector car auctions, which means that low-mileage examples likely won’t be in short supply at Barrett-Jackson 2045. So maybe don’t count on these being high-yield investments that can replace your retirement fund.
Fortunately, the C7 stands alone as an excellent driver’s car, never mind any potential upside, and it offers an experience that the new Corvette—from its radical format shift to its lack of a manual transmission—simply cannot replicate, for better or for worse.
So if you’re on the fence about this one, go for it: This is the last chance you’re going to have to buy a new front-engine Corvette. And it’s looking like you’ll be able to get a sweet deal on it, too.
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