1984 Corvette (number 750000)
Corvette #750000 is this 1984 model
Al Rogers - November 17, 2011 10:00 AM
Seeing a 1984 Corvette with factory fresh white paint and a fully wrapped red interior tends to motivate one to take a closer look. The instrument cluster reveals a staggering 450 miles on the clock.
A display board hidden in the rear luggage compartment tells “The Evolution of Corvette #750000”. This is one special car.
On August 8, 1983, a letter was sent from Chevrolet to the Bowling Green, Kentucky, plant confirming the VIN for a special and unique build. A monumental Corvette would make its way through the production line system and roll off the final line. Not only did it carry the 30th anniversary badge, it was number 750000.
A letter dated September 14, 1983 updated plant management about the milestone event. The Corvette would be produced in early October, 1983. In the plan was a proposal to make this Corvette part of the 75th anniversary of General Motors. The General Motors brass decided plant manager Joe Dell’Ario and Wayne Vollmar, the only employee at the plant to work at Chevrolet since the inception of the “American Sports Car” in 1953, would drive the Corvette off the Bowling Green assembly line.
Using a documented scrapbook created by the original owner, this is the car’s timeline:
• April 29, 1983: order placed with dealer
• August 8, 1983: letter sent from Chevrolet to Bowling Green plant confirming VIN of vehicle and purchaser’s name
• August 12, 1983: order sent to plant
• September 14, 1983: letter sent from Chevrolet public relations to Bowling Green plant proposing a photo release of Corvette #750000
• September 23, 1983: order released to production
• October 5-9, 1983: assembly
• October 10, 1983: vehicle rolls off line at 7:05 a.m.; off to final prep area at 1:00 p.m. Chevrolet public relations photo session with Joe Dell’Ario and Wayne Vollmar (highest seniority Corvette employee and current Bowling Green employee. Wayne has assembled Corvettes since Flint plant in 1953)
• October 11, 1983: vehicle road tested, Kentucky temporary tag #148525 utilized for the road trip
• October 28, 1983: due to hold on four plus three manual transmission, vehicle not allowed to be shipped until this day and released to carrier.
• October 31, 1983: Vehicle arrives at Bill Fox Chevrolet, Rochester, Michigan, at 10:40 a.m. with odometer reading of 79.5 miles.
• November 1, 1983: Corvette #750000 delivered with purchase price, including tax and license, of $20,920.40. Photo session with owner Hugh Patterson, Bill Fox and Calvin Shilling, district zone manager Chevrolet Division.
In addition to the documented scrapbook and nearly 250 photos taken during the assembly process, special permission was granted by the Michigan Secretary of State for personalized license plate #750000.
The 1984 Corvette is equipped with Carmine leather seats, four-plus-three manual transmission, power door locks, Z51 handling package, 3.07 rear axle, electronic speed control and Delco-GM/Bose sound system.
Original owner Hugh Patterson decided to keep most of the factory wraps on the Corvette and keep the miles low. His plan was to preserve it much like the day it rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Patterson got a tip from an assembly plant worker just prior to the build of Corvette #750000. As project manager of GM Truck and Bus in Pontiac, Michigan, he arranged a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to follow the assembly process of his milestone Corvette. Few people are fortunate enough to witness such an event, but even fewer are allowed to film it as the process happens.
After many years in the hands of the original owner, Corvette #750000 has taken on a new position. Kip Sheward, owner of Sheward Motor Sports in Brighton, Michigan, has become caretaker of this piece of Corvette history.