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    It costs GM a ton of money to go through its intensive process of developing a new color for the Corvette, primarily because as Chuck Philippi, BGA Body Shop Manager has shared several times, that the paint itself, and the application of that paint onto the Corvette’s sheet molded compound body panels is very different, and more complex than painting that same color onto a metal part. Part of that cost, is it takes lots of time for GM to progressively, internally within the plant, to go through the testing, re-testing and further testing of one panel after another for color consistently.

    The last official GM document we saw was that the C7's scheduled,end of production is the end of next March. Consequently, IMO the chances of GM starting to paint new Corvettes in the new color of Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic (ELB) just last week, yet stopping that color just six months later, is less than 1%.

    All the above a long introduction to the probability of Elkart Lake Blue Metallic becoming a 2020mid engine Corvette colors is 99+%.

    Thanks to Mike Furman, we have the following pictureson one of the earliest ELB’s arriving at a dealership, in this case three of them at Criswell Chevrolet.

    And to supplement the below pictures, for the ELB’s arrived on a cloudy day, we first have some pictures of ELB on both a fender and a “frog” (yet that is what GM calls them), taken in the sunshine in April at the BASH.

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    Taken next to a two year old Laguna Blue.

    The above pictures were taken by [email protected] and me at the BASH.

    Some nice things about ELK, are that this should make up for the sadness many felt when the very popular Laguna Blue ended a couple of years ago (with Admiral Blue being the sandwich in the middle of LB and ELB; that ELB is a metallic; and that unlike LB which was a tintcoat and thus an extra $995 color, ELB is a no-extra-cost, standard color.

    Originally posted by CorvetteBlogger
    First Look at the New Elkhart Lake Blue on a 2019 Corvette (By Keith Cornett)
    Oct 9, 2018

    [PICS] First Look at the New Elkhart Lake Blue on a 2019 Corvette

    Thanks to Mike Furman at Criswell Chevrolet, we have the first photos of a 2019 Corvette painted in the new Elkhart Lake Blue exterior. The color officially started production on October 1st and it’s somewhat amazing that we can share photos of the fully painted car just nine days later.

    The color is similar to Laguna Blue although the differences are noticeable when they are side by side. In fact, Mike tells us the dealership had three Laguna Blue C7s in for service today and he took this photo which we can use as a comparison:

    Unfortunately, the skies were overcast when the auto transporter arrived so we’ll have to wait until we can get the car in full sunlight for the best look at the metallic flakes in the paint. Seeing the exterior this way though is still a great way to judge a color. In this case, Elkhart Lake Blue is still very bright on overcast days, unlike Admiral Blue and the previous Night Race Blue which looks almost black when not in the direct sunlight.

    Here’s more of the 2019 Corvette Z06 wearing the new Elkart Lake Blue:

    Last edited by John; 10-10-2018, 10:28 AM.
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    I was amazed at how similar it was in the sunshine to Laguna Blue, yet interestingly at least to me, it looks a little darker than I remember LB when cloudy. Nice color!
    Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.


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ID:	12345 Almost all of my cars, trucks,motorcycles,C7 emblems & even my avator (LoL) have had some sort of blue paint, I'm hoping to see it next to my Laguna Blue soon ...
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      A thought if I might ...


      • #4
        As LB was such a great color, I'm very happy to see this new one, which quite closely resembles it.

        Great color.