TTAC Salutes The C6 Corvette

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
ttac salutes the c6 corvette

Today marked a sad occasion at TTAC; the final C6 Corvette rolled off the line at Chevy’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant.

The last C6 was a 427 Convertible with an engine built by Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter. The car is destined for GM’s museum in suburban Detroit, and in an ironic twist, demolition of the C6’s assembly line began mere minutes after the last C6 rolled off of it.

Despite constant haranguing regarding a perceived anti-GM bias, there is universal admiration for the C6 in these parts. The base car and the Grand Sport represent some of the best sports car bargains available and the Z06 and ZR1 are among the world’s best performance cars at any price. Reaction to the new Corvette Stingray’s styling has been mixed, but given the superb performance of the C6, it’s easy to be optimistic about the C7’s capabilities. But the C6’s styling will always remain as the definitive modern ‘Vette, evolving the best cues of the C5 into a timeless shape that was distinctly American. A Black C6 Z06 is high upon my “must own list”.

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  • Mandalorian Mandalorian on Mar 02, 2013

    At least the C7 should have a real interior and not one from the old Aveo. C6 was good though.

  • Kevin Kluttz Kevin Kluttz on Mar 02, 2013

    POS now, POS it has been forever. Good riddance...but yet another generation of POS. I'll take my Civic any day, and drive right on past that POS steaming on the side of the road with its blown gaskets and loose steering wheel.

  • J3studio J3studio on Mar 02, 2013

    Thanks for the kind words about the building of the last of these wonderful cars, which I'll agree look great in black. My wife's 2012 "Centennial" narrowbody has been very good to us as her daily driver. We look forward to the C7 and will likely own one some day, but expect to enjoy "Louis" for many years.

  • DenverMike DenverMike on Mar 02, 2013

    The C7 Corvette is all business up front and PaRTy in the back. I'm a past C4 owner and was hoping the C6 would grow on me. It never did until I saw the C7.