Still a Steal? Corvette Pricing Through the Years

Unless you were living in a cave, surviving on pine cones and badger fat, you probably caught wind of the all-new 2014 C7 Corvette. We expected it to finally improve on the crude interior of past models, and we knew that it would have blistering performance, but one area of mystery was whether this added quality would come with an added price. Thankfully, with a base MSRP of $51,995, it can still claim to be one of the best deals in world-class performance, but how does it stack up against the prices of past Corvettes? Perhaps it is time to take a closer look: Price of a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1: $3498. Price, adjusted for 2012 inflation: $29,611. (Note: the inflation is calculated from 2012 in most current models) The 2014 C7 price of $51,995, adjusted to 1953 numbers: $6142.
Still a Steal? Corvette Pricing Through the Years
  Price of a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2: $4038. Price, adjusted for 2012 inflation $29,879. The 2014 C7 price of $51,995, adjusted to 1964 numbers: $7026
Still a Steal? Corvette Pricing Through the Years
  Price of a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3: $4663. Price, adjusted for 2012 inflation: $30,355. The 2014 C7 price of $51,995, adjusted to 2005 numbers 1968: $7987
Still a Steal? Corvette Pricing Through the Years
  Price of a 1983 Chevrolet Corvette C4: $21,800. Price, adjusted for 2012 inflation: $49,469. The 2014 C7 price of $51,995, adjusted to 1983 numbers: $22,912
Still a Steal? Corvette Pricing Through the Years
  Price of a 1997 Chevrolet Corvette C5: $37,495. Price, adjusted for 2012 inflation: $53,266 The 2014 C7 price of $51,995, adjusted to 1997 numbers: $36,599
Still a Steal? Corvette Pricing Through the Years
  Price of a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6: $43,710. Price, adjusted for 2012 inflation: $50,826 The 2014 C7 price of $51,995, adjusted to 2005 numbers: $44,714  
Still a Steal? Corvette Pricing Through the Years
Listen, I'm no Milton Friedman, and I do not have the first clue about external economic factors. But if you compare C5 and C6 to now, it seems that the Corvette is still holding its ground as an affordable world-class performance car. Image Credits: General Motors

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