People all over this country, and not just car fiends, men or Chevy lovers, get weak in the knees at the mention of a Corvette. Somewhere out in the wilds of one of our less populated state there are people who would travel a hundred miles to see a brand new Stingray sitting on the showroom floor of their "local" dealership. Or they would have except that dealership probably won't have one until six or nine months after the Stingray goes on sale.
Perhaps General Motors just doesn't understand the value or meaning of a "halo" car, a car that draws people to a dealer. People really do buy a Malibu or Impala because they love the Corvette.
I grew up in a small town in Connecticut. There were dealers all over the place but back when I was a kid you didn't travel that far to buy, or even see a car. I can remember the excitement when a local dealer got a new, hot model. Word spread like wildfire, sometimes before the car was even delivered, "hey did you hear that so-and-so Ford is getting a Shelby next week? Let's go and watch them take it off the truck." I remember first hearing a Z28 rumble off a truck in Manchester. It was a big deal.
So GM lighten up. Everyone deserves the opportunity to drool over the 2014 Stingray. And who knows maybe one of the kids in mid-Montana will be the first in line for a 2024 Vette just because he remembers that beautiful one he saw at that tiny dealer when he was a kid.