Well, it’s official. 2019 Corvette ZR1 production has already commenced. While that may not be all that surprising, the production of Chevrolet’s newest flagship was originally slated to begin today, March 5. However, Mike Davenport, whom you may remember as the guy that said he already had mid-engine Corvette fenders lying around, has revealed a photo from the Bowling Green production facility of one of the very first ZR1s ready to roll off the assembly line back on Feb. 28.
The news comes to us via Davenport’s Instagram account and you can see that the car is sprayed in the soon-to-be iconic Sebring Orange tintcoat. From the pictures, it’s hard to tell if the car comes with the accompanying $6,500 “design package” that color-matches the interior but it definitely is not sporting the ZTK package that endows it with a massive front splitter, canards, and imposing rear wing. And while the car you see before you is clearly one of the first that will come off the line, the very first example sold to none other than legendary car collector, and NASCAR team owner, Rick Hendrick for a cool $925,000. We’ve had the liberty of seeing Hendrick’s collection first-hand and when it comes to Chevrolet, there are very few cars he doesn’t own VIN #0001 on.
While there is still no official word on the performance specs of GM’s latest and greatest, you’ll be seeing them hitting the streets pretty soon. We would have to say that the General will take the wraps off the car’s figures in the coming weeks but for now, the knowledge that you could see one in the wild soon will have to suffice.
GM says they expect to produce up to 2,000 C7 ZR1s a year for however long the production run lasts. If it’s anything like the C6 ZR1, we will see the C7 last until 2024 and will likely be sold alongside the up-and-coming mid-engine Corvette Zora. What a duo those two will make. But for now, keep your eyes peeled for one in your local neighborhood.