For Matt Saxe and Corvette enthusiasts across multiple generations, the unveiling of the 2020 Corvette C8 was decades in the making.

On Nov. 21, around 600 eager onlookers filed into Matt Saxe Chevrolet and Buick to get a glimpse of the newest Corvette model that positions the car’s engine in the middle of the chassis, a typical motif of European sports cars three times the price of the C8. At a base price of just under $60,000 in the United States, the C8 is billed as a production sports car.

“The hysteria over this car, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Saxe said.

Saxe stated that a little less than a week out from the event, he was getting calls from car lovers from all over the country and, in fact, the world to see if they could reserve a spot at the unveiling. He advised those from as far away as Winnipeg, Canada, that it was probably best if they stay home due to the unlikelihood that they would get a chance to see the C8.

“People were waiting in line for an hour, from Boston, Ohio, Omaha,” Saxe said. “Obviously, they were applauding when we took the cover off the car.”

People may have been willing to travel across the country to Belle Plaine to get a glimpse of the C8 simply because there were not many places the public could get a chance to see one. Saxe stated that his dealership was the only place in Minnesota where the vehicle was available to the viewing public.

“It was a nice event for the Belle Plaine community,” Saxe said. “To be able to have the opportunity to show the mid-engine car for the first time in Minnesota right here in Belle Plaine is a nice hallmark.”

The C8 took home the 2020 Motor Trend Car of the Year award, beating out the Audi A8, the Porshe 922 Carrera S and the Tesla Model 3, among others in the process.

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