Want to see how the new C7 Corvette is made? Here's a great road trip opportunity.
The National Corvette Museum offers VIP tours of the Corvette's remodeled Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky. The VIP treatment also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, located nearby.
These up-close tours pair visitors with a knowledgeable guide who can explain the complex manufacturing process and the engineering wonders of the C7 sports car. The plant underwent a $131-million upgrade for the production of the Stingray so there are lots of new things to see at the facility.
VIP tours cost $200 for up to four people. Additional guests are $50 each with a group limit of seven.
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After being closed last year for the renovations, “we are delighted to invite the public back into our facility so we can continue our close-knit customer relationships and educate enthusiasts from around the world about the unique Corvette manufacturing process,” says Dave Tatman, plant manager.
Regular public tours include a one-mile walking tour of the Corvette production line. They are offered Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT. Tours are $7 per person and reservations are strongly recommended. Tour guidelines and reservations are available at corvetteassembly.com.
Customer experience programs
Other popular customer programs coordinated with the National Corvette Museum include Museum Delivery, Buyers Tour and the Corvette Photo Album. These offer new owners a variety of ways to personalize their Corvette purchase experience.
“These are truly unique programs and opportunities for customers, because no other manufacturer allows such personal access to the assembly and delivery of their cars,” says Wendell Strode, the museum’s executive director. “They make the magic of Corvette ownership more special with memories that will last a lifetime.”
- Museum Delivery: Available as a dealer option, this program allows customers to take delivery of their Corvette at the museum. Museum schedulers notify the customer when their car will be completed and help the customer pick their delivery date. On arrival, customers receive a private tour of the plant. They then take delivery of their new Corvette from the museum showroom, where their car is on display.
- Buyers Tour: This tour allows customers to watch the assembly of their Corvette at the Bowling Green plant. Museum personnel use a vehicle’s order number to track the build schedule for a customer’s Corvette Stingray and contact him/her when the build date is scheduled. The customer and a guest receive a guided tour of the plant – including viewing areas not included in the general plant tour – often following his/her Corvette from the start of body assembly to the end of the line.
- Corvette Photo Album: Whether they take delivery of their Corvette Stingray at the museum or at their local dealership, all Corvette customers can purchase a photo album that documents the assembly of their car. The leather-bound album includes more than 20 pages of text and photos devoted to capturing the build process, as well as a letter of authenticity from the National Corvette Museum.
For costs and more details on these special programs, visit corvettemuseum.org.