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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all happen...giving the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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  • Customized VIN? No problem....

    J ust write a check for $5k
    https://jalopnik.com/you-can-customi...lopnik_twitter
    Last edited by ABorC; 07-31-2019, 09:40 AM.

  • #2
    Whatever vin assigned is fine by me ... but someone will want it

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    • #3
      This option has been around since the C6 in 2011 but hasn't been selected by very many buyers.

      2011 - 4
      2012 - 6
      2013 - 12
      2014 - 3
      2015 - 9
      2016 - 8
      2017 - 7

      That's as far as my Black Book goes.

      The VIN on my 66 is 00069 but I wouldn't pay $5000 to match it.
      1966 coupe - Sunfire Yellow / Black
      2004 Z06 - Millennium Yellow / Black

      NCM Lifetime Member since 2003

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      • #4
        I am confused. I thought the option list was not to be available till August 15th

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ZORA 69 View Post
          I am confused. I thought the option list was not to be available till August 15th
          Option pricing. The order guide is available now (although subject to change).

          https://eogld.cloud.gm.com/NASApp/do...&page=&butID=1
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          • #6
            Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

            Option pricing. The order guide is available now (although subject to change).

            https://eogld.cloud.gm.com/NASApp/do...&page=&butID=1
            I saw that the option list was available but I did not see the pricing. Must be me/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ZORA 69 View Post

              I saw that the option list was available but I did not see the pricing. Must be me/
              I'm sorry, my post wasn't clear. I was trying to say that option pricing is expected around August 15th, but that the option list was available now.
              Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

              Current C7: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black overDaytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

              Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

              Never grow up - It's a trap.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

                I'm sorry, my post wasn't clear. I was trying to say that option pricing is expected around August 15th, but that the option list was available now.
                Oh, that is what I had said in my original post. Thank You

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                • #9
                  Might you wish a custom VIN for your C8. It is available for most 2020 C8’s, subject to GM’s approval, and could result in your C8 being made early, early in the manufacturing process. Is it worth $5,000 cost to select your C8’s VIN remains a purchasable 2020 C8 Stingray option, just as it did for the C7 generations.

                  Say you owned a 1963 split window with its last five VIN numbers being 00029, and you wanted to have that number on your C8 — or on your new 2017 Z06, you can again for the C8 buy most VIN’s for $5,000 from GM. For 2018, it is option code, #

                  If for example you had wanted a 2017 Z06 VIN # 00029, for $5,000 if could have been yours. To digress, this VIN came from the first seen 2017 Z06, a picture I captured on August 22, 2016 at Bowling Green’s Montana Grille restaurant on a sleuthing trip when jagamjajaran and I confirmed that the 2017 Z06’s hoods and front fenders were not changed due to improved cooling introduced red that year in a Z06 (contrary to very popular, but very erroneous rumors elsewhere).



                  So is it worth $5,000 for your C8 to have a matching or a special VIN, and/or be produced early in the production cycle?

                  According to Alex Bernstein of Cars.Direct, regarding his recent communication with Kevin Kelly, GM’s Communication Manager:

                  Originally posted by KevinKelly
                  According to Chevy's latest order guide, all versions of the C8 Stingray purchased via factory order are eligible for a customer-selectable VIN option. As we've seen with past instances with the C7 generation, buyers can request the last 5 digits of the car's VIN (as opposed to the full 17 digits).

                  While that doesn't let you spell out your name or call out your favorite sports team, it does create the opportunity to take the phrase "make it yours" to another level by memorializing things like a date or other number otherwise significant to you personally or from a collector's standpoint.

                  However, the option certainly doesn't come cheap. According to GM spokesperson Kevin Kelly, the option adds $5,000. That's $1,000 per digit, about 8% of the car's approximate base price of $60,000. Not all VINs will be eligible for customization and will be subject to availability.

                  Kelly adds that "If the customer orders early enough we can hold a desired VIN for them." Translation? If you're set on staking your claim on a specific number, you may want to place your order sooner rather than later. Deliveries are expected to begin sometime in early 2020.
                  https://www.carsdirect.com/automotiv...mize-their-vin



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                  • #10
                    I dunno. If I had so much money that I was actively considering spending $5,000 on a custom VIN, I think I would give it to a favorite charity instead. And get a tax deduction.for it.

                    My message to the charity with my contribution would be "In lieu of Custom VIN".

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                    • #11
                      I wonder logistically how that works since the tail end of a VIN is the build sequence and manufacturers use that for service bulletins, recalls, etc. I.E. this affects cars from VINs ending in 1560-4457. Maybe GM has some database that shows VIN ending in 00007 is really 03432 in build sequence??????

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                      • #12
                        It is actually is its build sequence, and why two people I know of paid the $5,000 to get their ZR1’s built early. And why GM gets to decline/approve every one applied for. It is going to be a special PIA this time because IMO they are going to build certain equipped vehicles in the earliest stages. However, even the birdies who whispered that do not know what that special sequencing will be. Might for ease of assembly or other, they choose to build all identical Torch Red LT1’s special editions with no other option that that singular one at first?

                        Or as I asked a while back, might we still be getting a “secret flavor” that like the 2014 Stingray Premiere Editions that were done right up front — with those 500 of them being the same?

                        https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...020-model-year



                        GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the clarification John, that makes a lot more sense. It does raise the whole issue of I want VIN ending at 500, but I also want a 3LT in a new color and they aren't building those in that VIN range. I guess at that point the request just gets denied. The whole thing sounds a little neat, but a total pain in the tail for what gets accomplished. Maybe the $5k makes up for it.

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                          • #14
                            Hell would freeze over before I dropped five grand on a special vin number..

                            i couldnt think of a bigger waste of money...

                            we ve conferenced on it and its almost bordering on psychotic

                            jmo and god bless those who order that option.



                            giving that five grand to charity makes more sense and a more noble gesture

                            who the hell looks at their vin number?
                            Last edited by JB; 07-31-2019, 07:50 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JB View Post
                              who the hell looks at their vin number?
                              On some of my cars I had it memorized, but then I'm not completely right either.

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