2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Junk in the Trunk
April 16, 2014
Picking up your 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the factory in Bowling Green has its perks. You get a bit of VIP treatment, a museum tour, a factory tour, a free lunch and better than average odds of falling into a sinkhole.
You also get some extra free stuff thrown in your trunk, stuff you might not get if you picked up your Stingray at a local dealer. See that photo up there? Let's run through what's included.
- That's a cloth-y car cover thing. It feels fairly disposable.
- Yup, that's a cargo net.
- This is the rear hatch privacy shield. It can also double as a cape. Or a sari wrap.
- Various front license plate brackets and their paraphernalia.
- Instructions for the infotainment system and a general primer for your new Corvette.
- That's the plasticenta. It's the protective plastic that covered various panels of the Corvette during its final assembly process. Seriously, it's a burrito of plastic trash. Blame Barrett-Jackson and annoying Corvette collectors for making this a thing.
- OK, this is kinda weird, but those silver discs are for enhanced brake cooling during track driving. They're part of the Z51 handling package and must be installed by you, at the track, with solder, and then removed before you drive on the street. More on these later.
- That's a funnel for the capless fuel system. Ford's been putting these in their cars for a few years now.
No doubt everything you see here will command quite a premium in 30 years, and might make the difference between a Corvette being granted Top Flight status, or not, by the NCRS. For now, it's just a bunch of...stuff.
Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 16,572 miles