I suppose. For now I will call you an anomaly unless the waves of anti-Corvette-ism come forthPotentially, you do know at least one...Perhaps that was GM's goal, to keep it a mainly US-based model? I doubt there were ever any plans to get a RHD model of the Corvette out on the market for example.I haven't seen any sales figures outside its home market, where it enjoys a halo status for whatever reason, but I have only seen a few outside North America. Keep in mind that even losing the "Chevrolet" badge -- as it has in some of its export markets -- may not have helped much as far as I can tell (the figures would be interesting to see and compare to similarly priced cars etc.) Now, since the USD is very weak nowadays maybe the Corvette price is improving, I don't know.
I think your argument that because the Corvette doesn't sell as well abroad as it does at home is inductive and weak.Styling? Really? You're going to prefer the Lexus over the Corvette because of styling? We are comparing insanely different apples and oranges here. I'm talking, these things are literally in two different leagues. One is a sports car, the other is a luxury family sedan basically.On the outside, the styling is more acceptable. Although the Corvette has improved (it no longer makes me wonder whether the car came with a free banjo) its styling is still loud. The Lexus is much more understated, especially in gray. The Corvette has, well, "Corvette" almost everywhere, or that badge. The tail, the nose, the ****pit, inside, outside, all over. It's a bit too much for me.
The physical appeal may be subjective, but I implore you to look to the styling of the Porsche 911 for example. Similar to the Corvette in the ways that they have tried to remain true to the original design. I'm not sure what you were expecting, perhaps a 4 door Corvette sedan, more like the Lexus you favor? The Corvette always has been and always will be what it is, much like the 911.Not many people own these cars for their daily driver purpose, although they can be used as such. They are much more "race track" designed, and I'm sure people aren't complaining about the urban environment parking capabilities when they are winning races/championships. That said, I am much more a fan of the C5 and above Corvettes. The C4 is OK, but anything under that doesn't impress me one bit.On the inside, the Corvette's stance make it a bit of a chore to enter/exit, especially when parked in urban environments with tall sidewalks. On older (80s/90s) versions, the driving position wasn't ideal and the controls were odd (the pedals were huge and felt like rudders, the gearbox was strange until they switched to the ZF -- I think -- unit, and the fit wasn't great). I do like the later seats though, they fit well but aren't fatiguing.
How's that for meeting you in the middle?Again, reasoning parts from the whole. Big "no no" in philosophyAlso, I tend to buy the dealer, not just the car, and my personal experiences have made me favour Toyota over GM dealerships.You can even find used C5 ZO6s for around $20k now.A while ago there were great deals on Corvettes, and if you searched you could pick one up for $40K or so. I think the people that did so, or the ones that picked up a mildly used example when the market began to plummet got a very fast car at a very good price.Interest is subjective, and as you pointed out you are highly critical of many cars. All I know is that I had yet to meet someone who was more intrigued by a mid-level Lexus than a Corvette. That was until todayDid they get an interesting car? That's not quantifiableI would say the new ZR1 Corvette is not only an improvement, but a remarkable engineering achievement. That makes it very interesting to me and many others. It has wooed the crowds in many countries as well, and has given cars that cost 2-3 times as much as it does a run for their money (i.e. Ferrari, Lambo, etc).and when manufacturers try to improve them, they typically don't succeed... All they do is make them faster.