We recently shared the history behind six of the eight vehicles damaged in the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum. If you missed them, see the profiles here:
- 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” and 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
- 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 1984 PPG Pace Car
- 1962 Black Corvette and 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
Today, we’re sharing the history behind two more of the eight vehicles affected – the 1 millionth and 1.5 millionth Corvettes produced.
1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
The 1 millionth Corvette was built around 2 p.m. on July 2, 1992, at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Like the very first Corvette built in 1953, this one was a white convertible with red interior.
The 1 millionth Corvette was the 304,562nd car produced at the plant, and the 19,614th car of the 1992 model year. During ceremonies marking the production of the 1 millionth milestone, Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones said the Corvette is “not only America’s car, but it’s Kentucky’s car.”
More than a year before the 1 millionth Corvette rolled off the assembly line, it was determined that it would be donated to the Corvette Museum Foundation in Bowling Green, Ky.
The following summer, the nation’s top Corvette dealers were invited to bid on the “million plus one” 1992 Corvette. All proceeds above the sales costs would be donated by Chevrolet to the National Corvette Museum. Chevrolet dealer Marshall R. Chesrown of Denver made the highest bid and received the keys for Corvette No. 1,000,001 from then Chevrolet General Manager Jim Perkins. This car had rolled off the assembly line immediately after the historic 1 millionth Corvette and was nearly identical as it was a white Corvette with black top and red interior.
2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette
The 1.5 millionth Corvette was built on May 28, 2009. While the weakening economy was clearly on everyone’s mind, there was still an excitement in the air at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant as the white Corvette with red interior made its way down the production line. Like the 1 millionth Corvette, this car features a similar paint job and interior to honor the first 300 Corvettes built in 1953.
As the car before the 1.5 millionth Corvette came down the line, GM workers got ready to pose for photos with the history-making car that was just behind it. While they might have been thinking about the economy, at that moment they were standing behind the product they so proudly built. Through 11 presidents, four wars, gas shortages, stock market crashes and rebounds, 1.5 million Corvettes had rolled off the line – all of them built in America.