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You Can’t Buy A 2021 C8 Corvette Anymore

Chevrolet is no longer taking orders for the 2021 Corvette as more setbacks stymie production. Order books will open for the 2022 Corvette this summer. So if you wanted to order a 2021 model you’re too late. 

“Chevrolet dealers will begin taking orders for 2022 Corvettes in July”

“Due to an overwhelming demand for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet has decided to stop taking sold orders on March 25, 2021,” Chevy said in a statement. “Chevrolet dealers will begin taking orders for the 2022 Corvette in early July.” You may remember that the 2020 model Corvette also experienced numerous assembly line shutdowns limiting its production numbers as well. 

A close-up of a red 2021 Chevy Corvette's driver's-side headlight, side-view mirror, and black side air intake
2021 Chevy Corvette | Getty

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To try and satisfy as many 2020 orders as it could it produced new Corvettes up to December 11th. It then switched over to 2021 models, so this year’s production run was already shortened before it started. Most of the 2021 changes were cosmetic including two new paint colors and the Strike Yellow/Sky cool grey interior combo. 

Shutdowns have continued to plague Corvette production

The all-new 2020 model was originally intended to begin production in December 2019. It got pushed to February 2020, due to the UAW labor strike in 2019. No sooner had it begun than the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the line at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Subsequent shutdowns have continued to plague Corvette production since the assembly line started up in May 2020. Some 2020 orders had to be pushed out to 2021 models. 

One big problem that Chevy is having is a good one. Demand has been crazy for the mid-engine C8. It has been impossible for Chevy to meet the overwhelming demand. Production of the 2020 model was planned to have been 40,000 units. About half that number were produced. At one point the introduction of the convertible version for 2020 was in jeopardy. 

A red 2021 Chevrolet Corvette on display at a dealership
A red Chevrolet Corvette Stingray vehicle for sale at a car dealership | Getty

Through January 2021, Chevy produced 4,648 Corvettes

Shutdowns for the 2021 model began in the first half of February 2021. Then immediately following the startup the assembly line was again shut down for the first week of March. Through January 2021, Chevy produced 4,648 Corvettes. Originally, Chevy suggested those wanting to order a 2021 Corvette needed to do so by the end of May. Production is planned on ending on July 19, 2021. 

Besides the expected paint and interior color changes the big news for 2022 will be the introduction of the E-Ray electric Corvette and the Z06 variant. There are few other changes expected for equipment or design. We could see a mild refresh in 2025 but at this point, it is too far off to know what Chevy has planned.