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2012 Chevrolet Corvette 2012 Chevrolet Corvette
Recent years may not have been easy for the Corvette, but they were much more difficult for parent company General Motors. They had been suffering huge corporate blows, including a 2009 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and the shedding of much storied brands including Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer and Oldsmobile.

Despite the turmoil, the Corvette continued. The economic problems of the era took it's toll on Corvette production, which was at a low of 12,194 in 2010. This is less than a third of the 2007 production of 40,561. Faith in the Corvette did not waiver and at a press conference on May 4, 2011, it was announced that GM would invest $131,000,000 in the Corvette plant in Bowling Green KY. Although sales were down, the Corvette was still profitable and had significant value for GM in terms of being a technological flagship and a halo car in the lineup. It was also confirmed that there would be a C7 Corvette in 2014.

2012 Chevrolet Corvette in Carlisle Blue Metallic
Above: A new color, Carlisle Blue Metallic, was introduced in 2012. This was a nod to the great Corvettes at Carlisle event held in August every year. The iconic gathering features over 5,000 Corvettes and events including an autocross, a swap meet of legendary size, dyno testing and a parade through downtown Carlisle PA.

Also new and nicely innovative, was the RPO PIN which allowed customers to select the VIN for their Corvette. There were restrictions and approval was necessary depending on availability. The idea was that an owner could arrange for a VIN of a currently owned Corvette to be on a newly purchased Corvette.

2012 Corvette For Sale

2012 Corvette Grand Sport
Price: $44,986 (Trades Considered)
Exterior: Supersonic Blue
Interior: Premium two-tone leather
Miles: 15,871
Location: 1040 Seminole Blvd Largo, Fl 33770

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2012 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe, Supersonic Blue with premium two-tone leather interior and removable transparent roof panel, 6-speed manual transmission, 3LT Equipment Group, dual power sport seats, head up display, memory package, On Star, Active handling, traction control, dual zone air conditioning, keyless access/start, bluetooth, am-fm stereo with Bose speakers and c (more)

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2012 Corvette Seat GM was still subjected to criticism that the Corvette seating was not up to the task of a performance car. An answer of sorts was provided in the 2012 models with a slight update in the form of more support in the shoulder area.

Nobody doubted that GM would have preferred to provide true competition style seating; the problem was that a significant change would have required extensive and expensive crash testing. The best guess is that GM decided those resources would be better spent on development of the new C7.

2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette

2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition
2012 was the 100th anniversary of the founding of the company by Louis Chevrolet and the event was celebrated with the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition. It's an intimidating Corvette, available only in Carbon Flash Metallic, with satin-black graphics and unique Centennial Satin Black wheels and red brake calipers. The 2012 Centennial Edition package is available on all Corvette models, including the Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1
2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition graphic logo featuring the Louis Chevrolet Image of Louis Chevrolet in Satin Black appears on the B-pillars along with the center caps of the wheels (below left) and the center of the steering wheel.

Note the badge emblem (below right) which has "100" in the spot where we are used to seeing the very traditional fleur-de-lis symbol.

2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition wheel and brake caliper 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition front emblem
2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition
2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition interior 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition interior
The exterior color scheme is reinforced inside the car, with the Ebony leather-wrapped instrument panel and doors complimented by red stitching on the steering wheel, seats, console and shifter. Microfiber suede accents on Centennial Edition seats, steering wheel, shifter and armrests were first used on the 2011 Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.

2012 Chevrolet Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car
For the 11th time, a Corvette paced the indianapolis 500. The very capable ZR1 was chosen with celebrity chef Guy Fieri as the pilot at least for the parade laps.

2012 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
**6 Modified Two Toned Seats w/Embroidery 1,277 (10.96%) $695.00
0B1 Crossed Flag Headrest Embroidery 1,081 (9.28%) $300.00
28U Inferno Orange Exterior Paint 471 (4.04%) $300.00
36S Yellow Custom Stitch 2,571 (22.07%) $395.00
45U Velocity Yellow Exterior Paint 663 (5.69%) $850.00
89U Crystal Red Exterior Paint 1,117 (9.59%) $850.00
B92 Carbon Fiber Hood (Z06) 119 (1.02%) $1,495.00
BA5 Black Fender Badges, Grand Sport 382 (3.28%) $11,495.00
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels (Coup) 1,050 (9.02%) $1,400.00
CC3 Transparent Roof Panel (Coup) 1,048 (9.00%) $750.00
CFZ Carbon Fiber Package (Z06) 196 (1.68%) $3,995.00
D30 Alternate trim / top / color combination 58 (0.50%) $590.00
ERI Battery Protection Package 3,763 (32.31%) $100.00
F55 Magnetic Select Ride (Grand Sport: $1,695; Z06: $2,495) 4,778 (41.02%) $1,995.00
GLB Supersonic Blue Exterior Paint 893 (7.67%) $300.00
H33 Headlamp Area - Gray 548 (4.71%) $590.00
J55 Cross Drilled Brake Rotors 981 (8.42%) $500.00
J6C Silver Brake Calipers 8,769 (75.29%) $595.00
MYC Six Speed Automatic Transmission 7,586 (65.13%) $1,250.00
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust 6,664 (57.22%) $1,195.00
PBC Engine Plant Build Experience (Z06, ZR1 only) 12 (0.10%) $5,800.00
PDE ZR1 Performance Package 184 (1.58%) $1,495.00
PIN Customer Selected VIN 6 (0.05%) $5,000.00
PYD Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels 709 (6.09%) $1,995.00
PYE Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Grand Sport) 4,577 (39.30%) $1,995.00
Q44 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels 42 (0.36%) $395.00
Q5V Machine Face Cup Style Aluminum Wheel (Z06 / ZR1) 54 (0.46%) $995.00
Q6B Chrome 20 Spoke Aluminum Wheels (ZR1) 101 (0.87%) $2,000.00
Q6J Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (ZR1) 14 (0.12%) $395.00
Q8A Spider Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 103 (0.88%) $1,995.00
QX1 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (Coup / Convertible) 221 (1.90%) $395.00
QX3 Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Coup / Convertible) 1,441 (12.37%) $1,850.00
R8C Corvette Museum Delivery 181 (1.55%) $490.00
R8E Gas Guzzler Tax (ZR1 Only) 311 (2.67%) $1,000.00
RQ1 Machine Faced Aluminum Wheel (Coup / Convertible) 321 (2.76%) $895.00
T43 ZR1 Style Spoiler, Body Color 1,542 (13.24%) $350.00
VK3 Front License Plate Bracket 7,140 (61.30%) $15.00
Z07 Z06 Ultimate Performance Package 117 (1.00%) $7,500.00
Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package 1,034 (8.88%) $1,195.00
ZLC Centennial Special Edition 2,221 (19.07%) $1,950.00

Total Production: 11,647
Coupe: 2,820 (24.21%)
Convertible: 621 (5.33%)
Z06: 478 (4.10%)
ZR1: 404 (3.47%)
Grand Sport Coupe: 5,056 (43.41%)
Grand Sport Convertible: 2,268 (19.47%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coup with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 430 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $50,500.00.
Base Corvette Convertible with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 430 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $55,500.00.
Grand Sport Corvette Coup with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 430 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $56,900.00.
Grand Sport Corvette Convertible with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 430 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $60,500.00.
Z06 Corvette Coup with 427 cu. in. 505 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $76,500.00.
ZR1 Corvette Coup with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 638hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $112,500.00.

2012 Packages
RPO Description Contains Production Price

Equipment Group Convertible

Includes navigation, Bose sound, bluetooth, USB port, heads up display. 313 (2.69%) $2,095

Equipment Group Z06

Includes navigation, Bose sound, memory package 100 (0.86%) $4,310

Equipment Group Coupe

Includes power telescoping steering column, memory package, heated sports seats, remote transmitter and cargo net shade. 3,692 (31.70%) $5,995

Equipment Group Convertible

Includes power telescoping steering column, memory package, heated sports seats, remote transmitter and power top. 1,818 (15.61%) $7,995

Equipment Group Z06

Includes custom leather, heated seats, two toned leather seats, embroidered head rests and special trim plate. 274 (2.35%) $8,815

Equipment Group ZR1

Includes bluetooth, power telescoping steering column, Bose sound, navigation, heated sport seats, remote transmitter, custom leather and memory package 313 (2.69%) $10,000

Equipment Group Coupe

Includes microfiber seat inserts, custom leather and trim plate 414 (3.55%) $9,495

Equipment Group Convertible

Includes microfiber seat inserts, custom leather and trim plate 382 (3.28%) $11,495


Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top
10 Arctic White 1,230 (10.56%)
17 Blade Silver 1,302 (11.18%)
28 Inferno Orange 471 (4.04%)
45 Velocity Yellow 663 (5.69%)
57 Cyber Gray 969 (8.32%)
58 Carbon Flash 2,201 (18.90%)
70 Torch Red 2,266 (19.46%)
85 Crystal Red 1,117 (9.59%)
GLB Supersonic Blue 893 (7.67%)
GLF Carlisle Blue 535 (4.59%)

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Comments (1)

Topic: 2012 Corvette Part One
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Bill says...
Saw one advertised for ~$28,000, thinking about it . . .
9th January 2016 10:29pm
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