Recently the rumor mill was smokin' with chatter about the C7 Corvette over new images of the Transformers Sting Ray Concept car. But when AutoWeek announced that the C7 was "on indefinite hold with no official word or set timetable," I was not surprised. The article quoted Vehicle-Line Executive Tom Wallace as saying, "No one is saying we're not doing Corvettes. We're still bullish on Corvettes." When asked directly if there was any chance the Corvette would die, Wallace stated emphatically "No way." What a relief!
Let's pull back and get some perspective. The C3 holds the longevity record having a 15-model-year run. By '82, the car was riding on a chassis and suspension that was OVER 20 years old. Numerous facelifts define the C3s into three groups; '68 - '77 with the sail-style b-pillars, '78 - '79 with the bubble-back rear window, and '80 - '82 with the shovel-nose / rear spoiler motif. A '68-'69 Corvette looks very different from the '80-'82 car.
The C4 had the second longest run with 13 years. C4 changes were limited to wheels, fender vents, and front-rear bumper covers. While the car's looks didn't change much, under the body there was a world of difference! C4s came in like a lamb with 205-horsepower and went out roaring with 330-horsepower.