or Should Be!
By Walt Thurn

Jake Drennon with "ONLY" Torch Red Corvette C6

Registry Director Jake Drennon poses with the only factory Torch Red on our planet. "This Corvette looks maaavelous!"
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As the new C6’s began leaving Bowling Green buyers noticed that no Corvettes were painted with the classic exterior color…Torch Red. Magnetic and Precision Red were offered as replacement colors for Torch Red beginning with the 2005 model year. The Corvette Brand Team believed these colors were not as garish and gave the C6 a classy look. Plant Manager Wil Cooksey and GM Vice President Joe Spielman did not agree with this decision. On June 25, 2004 this one and only C6 was painted C5 Torch Red (1G1YY24U855100273) by the factory and shipped to Detroit for color evaluation.

Mr. Spielman presented this special Corvette to GM executives and students from Kettering University. They all agreed that this C6 Corvette looked fantastic in Torch Red. After a little give and take (politics are somehow always involved) it was decided to offer Victory Red as a new C6 color since Torch Red was officially discontinued after the 2004 model year. This one of a kind factory assembled Torch Red C6 Coupe is now on display at the National Corvette Museum. The Official C5/C6 Registry is happy that Corvette has insightful leaders like Wil and Joe listening to their enthusiasts!
Thanks guys!

This letter of authenticity was penned by Corvette Plant Manager Wil  Cooksey and GM Vice President Joe Spielman. The history of this special Corvette is detailed in this letter.

Only Torch Red Corvette-- Letter by Wil Cooksey, and Joe Spielman


Engine compartment of worlds only Torch Red C6. Image: CV World


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Odometer Reading on April 21, 2005
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Door Option Sticker
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Glove Box Option Sticker - - Note  paint option is changed to 70U by hand.
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Window VIN Plate Only Torch Red C6
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Joe Spielman and Wil Cooksey tell  the story of the one and only "Torch Red" C6 in existence to the C5/C6 Registry Members at the 2005 Birthday Bash Dinner. Image: CV World


Paint RPO 70U Torch Red





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