The very first factory-built right-hand-drive C8 Corvette registered in Australasia will soon be on the road in Victoria.

The new C8 3LT Convertible is part of the GMSV Head Office fleet and will be used for right-hand-drive engineering validation for Australia and New Zealand.

“This is a significant milestone for GMSV and while we would have loved to have celebrated with more fanfare, we have had to adjust our plans in light of Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions,” said Director of GMSV, Joanne Stogiannis.

“It is a doubly-exciting time for Corvette fans in Australia and New Zealand, as later this month our right-hand-drive C8 Corvettes are due to go into regular production at the famed Bowling Green Plant in Kentucky.”

The team at GMSV say that launching an iconic car such as Corvette during a global pandemic has presented its own unique set of challenges. “We always wanted the arrival of C8 to be a special, curated experience – but the situation in which we find ourselves means we have to adapt,” said Ms Stogiannis.

“We’re just as excited as all Corvette enthusiasts and owners-to-be to see one on the road Down-Under and want to assure our passionate fans that we have activities planned for when restrictions allow to showcase this special vehicle.

“We can’t wait to see more of these amazing factory-built right-hand drive models on our roads in coming months and look forward to engaging with owners and clubs around Australia and New Zealand.”

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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