The word 'rare' gets tossed around in the Corvette community quite frequently. If it isn't the rare edition, color, interior, or drivetrain, it's the sale ad mentioning the 'rare' low milage. There could soon be a Corvette so rare, that as a steak, it would be still mooing on your plate!
Not quite the Porsche 911 type of design language lineage, but there is enough there to argue it's been an evolutionary process.
Between the UAW strike in late 2019, and the current COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult for Chevrolet to deliver on the demands of Corvette buyers. Thus far, there have been ~2,700 2020 Corvettes produced. As reported by Autoblog, production is apparently going to be restarting on May 18th, but there is a potential due to the logistics of our 'new normal' the production numbers won't increase at any significant rate.
The 2020 Corvette might go down as one of the rarest 'Vettes in history. Let's suppose production does restart and Chevrolet is able to end the 2020 production at 4,000 examples. This is a tiny number when compared to other model year Corvette production numbers. For example, in 1980 there were over 40,000 made. Even in 2019, when demand for the C7 was at a standstill, they still made over 34,000 including nearly 3,000 ZR1 models!
This is my least favorite C8 color and it still looks excellent.
That means the 2020 Corvette could be more rare than a 2019 ZR1?! That is epically rare in the Corvette universe. Granted, rare would be relative to a model year, and not a trim package or something that is going to be very different from the 2021 example. Bragging rights to the 2020 owners, but I'm not really impressed. Can we call them the 'Corona Corvettes'? Maybe 'Rona Vette' sounds better?
How strange will it be for a 2020 Corvette owner to own something that will most likely be more rare than the C5 fixed roof coupe (FRC). Chevrolet was able to churn out around 6,000 FRC in two years of production before the body style was upfitted to the Z06 spec. The FRC has remained one of the most rare Corvettes of any non-special trim level (non-Z06, ZR1, Grand Sport, etc.).