My wife and I first saw the Carlisle Blue color in 2011 when Corvette Engineers brought one to Corvettes at Carlisle, announcing that the color would be one year only in honor of the 30th Anniversary of Corvettes at Carlisle. My wife, especially, loved the color, so following the show we spent from August to December attempting to special order a convertible. No luck, even at major dealerships. What we wanted wasn't unusual, so we thought: a base convertible, not a Grand Sport, but with a six-speed, BLUE convertible top, cross-drilled rotors, chrome wheels and the 2LT package. In December of 2011, a small dealership just south of our hometown called; the owner said " I hear you're looking for a sort of special Corvette. If you're interested, I'll order it exactly as you want it with no guarantees." We jumped at the chance. Two months passed before we got a call that the Carlisle Blue Vette had been delivered exactly as we ordered. We picked in up on February 29, 2012--leap year. Little did we know until much later that our base convertible with a blue top and titanium leather interior, codes GLF for the paint, 843 for the titanium, and 34T for the blue soft top--little did we know that this Vette would turn out to be one of only 18 made in this configuration. It may even be fewer since we can't seem to break down to see how many of the 18 were six speeds with crossed-drilled rotors. We didn't buy this Carlisle Blue Beauty, our 9th Corvette, over 50 years, to have something unusual. But it's turned out that way. Invariably at car shows we will hear " I've never seen that color." or " who painted it that color?' We absolutely love the Vette. As much as we are interested in a C8, our Carlisle Blue will always remain in the family.