Free Press Writer Tells Inside Story Behind The 1-Millionth Corvette

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The one-millionth Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1992. Today, the historic car undergoing restoration at GM Design headquarters in Warren. (Photo: General Motors)

By Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press Auto Critic

Originally published June 21, 2015

How did the one-millionth Chevrolet Corvette get to be No. 1,000,000? No, not just by coming after No. 999,999, smart-aleck. Go sit in the corner.

Months of planning went into figuring out which Corvette would make history, and exactly when it would be built, former Corvette model-year manager Jeff Yachnin told me last week. Yachnin spent 17 years on the Corvette team.

We were talking because I got a look at the historic car undergoing restoration at GM Design headquarters in Warren, just outside Detroit. The car was damaged — virtually totaled, to the untrained eye — when a 30-foot sinkhole swallowed it and seven other cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., on Feb. 12, 2014.

Chevrolet saw the millionth 'Vette coming and preparations began years in advance.

Read more by Mark Phelan here.

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