Chevy celebrates birthday with 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition
To celebrate its 100th birthday, Chevrolet created a racing inspired 2012 Centennial Edition appearance and suspension package for the entire line of Corvettes.
The special edition package gives the 'Vette a dark and sinister makeover inside and out. The first thing you'll notice is the all-black color scheme. Your only paint choice is Carbon Flash Metallic with Centennial Satin Black wheels and red brake calipers. The lightweight cast-spun aluminum wheels are specific to each model: 18-inch/19-inch wheels for the Coupe, Convertible and Grand Sport; and 19-inch/20-inch for Z06 and ZR1. On Z06 models, a thin red line outlines the perimeter of the wheels. Centennial edition Corvettes also receive Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
A few custom details adorn the exterior, including a graphic of Louis Chevrolet on the B-pillars, the center caps of the wheels, and the center of the steering wheel. The fleur-de-lis symbol on the traditional crossed flags badge has been replaced with "100."
The black and red color scheme is carried into the vehicle's interior. The doors, instrument panel, and steering wheel are wrapped in Ebony leather with contrast red stitching. Seats, steering wheel, shifter and armrests get microfiber suede accents, which is also used on the 2011 Z06 Carbon Limited Edition. The seat headrests carry an embossed centennial logo.
All models, including the including Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1, can be ordered with the black-on-black trim package starting this summer, but pricing for neither the Corvette nor the Centennial package has been released.
Over the weekend, Chevrolet offered a 2012 Centennial Edition Z06 Corvette for sale at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Florida. A Chevrolet dealer won the 'Vette with a winning bid of $175,000. The sports car was the 100th 2012 Corvette of the assembly line, and has a VIN ending in "00100." All of its sale proceeds will benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.