When the very first Corvette made its debut at the 1953 New York Auto Show, it was introduced as a convertible-only version. Three hundred of these Polo White vehicles would go on to be hand-built that year, and for the next decade, a drop-top was the only type of Corvette you could buy. It wasn’t until the arrival of the C2 Corvette in 1963 when the first coupe would be offered under the new “Stingray” model name.
For that reason, some purists may argue that a Corvette isn’t truly complete until its roof can be hidden away. Fast-forward to today, and we’re witnessing a new era of Corvettes finding their true selves via a retractable hardtop — a first-ever feature for this American icon.
With the engine now situated just ahead of the rear wheels, Chevrolet’s engineers and designers were presented with a new challenge of delivering an open-air experience that offers comparable performance to the coupe version. From the reaction of the crowd gathered in front of the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center, we think it’s safe to say that Chevrolet more than delivered on its promise of sleek looks and maximum usability.
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