C8 hot take: Corvette pricing has remained remarkably the same over the years.

With all the talk about how affordable the starting at roughly $60k C8 is compared to it’s fellow big boy, mid-engined sports car competition, its easy to miss how remarkable I find it that corvette pricing has remained basically the same for at least the last 30 years. That is to say, GM knows their market for the corvette and has steadfastly resisted the urge to go upmarket and chase different buyers with a higher price tag.


Take my former 1993 LT1/6-speed car that I owned and used as a daily driver a couple of years ago. I bought it from the original owner (my parent’s next door neighbor), and the car came with every piece of paper from the time it was new. Even the temporary tag from 1993 was in the file. Thinking back to the window sticker and purchase order, this car stickered for $38k and change, with a negotiated a price of right around $35k. It was a relatively lightly optioned car. It was a base vette, with the only options being dual, power leather seats, the optional CD AND tape player Bose audio system, automatic climate control and an early TPMS system. It lacked more expensive sport seats, an auto transmission, the FX3 electrically adjustable shocks and transparent roof panel that were extra cost options found on most 93 vettes, to say nothing of the 40th anniversary package, the Z51 suspension package (or the $31,000 ZR-1 option package). That is also to say that except for the lack of Z51/Zo7 slightly lower and stiffer/bigger front brakes and suspension package, this is exactly how I would’ve speced this car myself had I been of vette buying age and means in 1993 instead in of 3rd grade.

Take that $38,000 in the 1993 dollars and plug it into an inflation calculator, and we get $67,359.40 in today’s money. That’s around what they say a C8 will sell for, and in the range of what a C7 started at. If anything, the Corvette has gotten slightly cheaper over time. Sure, there’s going to be some dealer markups on the C8 for awhile, but that’s been the case with many a new generation of vettes. They won’t last. I’d wager a year or so from now you’ll have no problem picking up/placing an order for the C8 of your liking from the GM dealer near you and negotiating a little something off the MSRP.

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