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Chevrolet Underwhelms with Corvette’s 65th Birthday Celebration

In order to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette, GM has debuted the new Carbon 65 Edition.

Limited to just 650 cars globally — effectively it’s a $15,000 package available on top-of-the-line 2018 Corvette Grand Sports and Z06s — the Carbon 65 Edition brings exterior carbon fiber elements, new Ceramic Matrix Gray paint, fender stripes, door decals, blue brake calipers, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler and quarter ducts.

Inside, you get a carbon fiber steering wheel to go along with a new Jet Black suede interior with contrasting blue stitching, plus competition sport seats and Carbon 65 Edition sill plates.

Corvette is one of the most storied names in Chevrolet and sports car history, with a heritage few can match,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “The new Carbon 65 Edition honors that legacy, while offering customers another unique, special edition model that personalizes the ownership experience.”

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The idea of this special edition is good, but the end result is slightly underdone. On June 30, 1953, the first Corvette rolled off the line in Flint, Michigan. Only 300 cars were made that year, each of them finished in Polo White with a red interior. For 2018, Chevy has made a new Spice Red interior available for both Grand Sport and Z06, which would have made for a wonderful 65th-anniversary throwback. Maybe they’re saving it for the 75th anniversary.

Look for the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition package to show up this summer with the rest of the 2018 Corvette lineup.

A version of this story originally appeared on GM Inside News

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