Still Stunning at Seventy
Corvette celebrates seven decades as an icon with a 70th anniversary edition.
Written by Andre James / Photos courtesy of Chevrolet
2023 marks the 70th anniversary of Corvette. As one of the longest-running nameplates of any car on the road today—bested only by the Chevrolet Suburban, which launched in 1934 as a commercial vehicle—Corvette has pushed the boundaries of technology, performance, and style while remaining an attainable cultural icon. For their 2023 model year, the Corvette Stingray and Corvette Z06 will celebrate this milestone with a special 70th Anniversary Edition package.
"Passion for Corvette runs deep at Chevrolet, and this anniversary is extra special because of the excitement and sales success we've achieved with the eighth generation of America's iconic sports car," said Steve Majoros, vice president, Chevrolet marketing. "Even after 70 years, Corvette still makes hearts race and kids dream of the open road."
The Anniversary Edition Corvettes stand out in one of two exterior colors unique to this package: an all-new White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat or Carbon Flash Metallic. Optional stripes are available in complementing colors: Satin Gray with the White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat and Satin Black with the Carbon Flash Metallic. While Stingray and Z06 will feature distinct wheels with commemorative wheel center caps, the wheels share a similar dark finish and Edge Red stripe. Additional commemorative touches on the exterior include 70th Anniversary Edition exterior badging with special Corvette crossflags, Edge Red brake calipers, and rear bumper protector and trunk cover. The 70th Anniversary Edition Stingray coupes will also include an Edge Red engine cover.
Drivers will find two-tone Ceramic leather GT2 or Competition Sport seats, red stitching throughout, red seat belts, and sueded microfiber seat inserts and steering wheel inside the cockpit. Coordinating with the interior is a set of custom luggage with red stitching and the 70th Anniversary Edition logo.
The 70th Anniversary Edition package will be available when production starts later this year on the 2023 Corvette Stingray 3LT and Z06 3LZ coupe and convertible models. In addition, the 2023 Corvette Z06 visualizer at Chevrolet.com now includes the 70th Anniversary Edition package.
Indicative of the car's desirability, when VIN 001 of the special edition Corvette Z06 crossed the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale this past January, with proceeds benefitting Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit focused on building strong, stable, and secure military families, it fetched $3.6 million. The winning bid annihilated the previous record of $3million set in 2020 for a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 001 auctioned by Barrett-Jackson to benefit Detroit Children's Fund.
All 2023 Corvettes, including those not equipped with the 70th Anniversary Edition package, will feature a commemorative 70th-anniversary interior plaque located on the center speaker grille and a graphic imprinted on the lower rear window.