The headlines say Chevrolet has re-opened order books for the 2023 Corvette Z06 after closing them in July. These headlines ought to include asterisks. What the small print explains — and will have at all times defined, even right here — is that GM gatekeepers reducing the drawbridge means virtually nothing for anybody who did not get on a supplier record a very long time in the past. When GM stopped taking orders in July, it stopped taking names off of supplier’s prolonged lists of reservation holders. The manufacturing course of appears to be going higher than deliberate, so “re-opening the order books” means GM has elevated the variety of automobiles it plans to construct for the 2023 mannequin yr and has requested sellers to submit extra names for orders to satisfy. A GM spokesperson informed Motor1, “We had beforehand shared with sellers and the general public that we had accepted sufficient Z06 orders to fill the variety of Z06 manufacturing slots we had for calendar yr 2022, so we stopped elevating supplier orders to accepted orders that the plant would construct. Now we’re saying we’re going to simply accept extra supplier orders to proceed filling the pipeline of Z06 manufacturing by means of the top of mannequin yr 2023.”
We haven’t any particulars to elucidate any of this nor put it in context. GM did not reveal its preliminary manufacturing estimate, and it hasn’t mentioned what number of orders it would add to the earlier mysterious quantity. It was thought GM’s conservative manufacturing window needed to do with a provide constraint, however even that is not clear. We do not know what number of reservations there are, both, though a thread at Mid-Engined Corvette Discussion board lists greater than 100 sellers and suggests simply eight of them have simply greater than 6,000 reservations mixed. One supplier would solely say its reservation record was “out to 2025.”
GM constructed 39,940 of the C7 Z06 from 2014 to 2019, averaging a contact beneath 8,000 items per yr. Sellers know this, so for one to say they’re booked till 2025, the order rolls should be comparatively staggering. There isn’t any motive for sellers to be in a rush to get automobiles constructed, both, with some charging wherever from $35,000 to $100,000 over the bottom $106,395 MSRP per automobile in keeping with posters.
As for verified manufacturing, Corvette Blogger wrote per week in the past that 41 buyer Z06 orders have been constructed as of the top of October, 22 of them the seventieth Anniversary Editions. On prime of that, it is mentioned 216 Z06s have been constructed for GM’s Captured Check Fleet used for proving and knowledge seize. The primary buyer deliveries have been made, together with Rick Henderson buying the primary one off the road, a Carbon Flash seventieth Anniversary Version he purchased for $3.6 million at a charity public sale in January of this yr.