The mid-engined Corvette has suffered various tweaks and starts since the model’s introduction in early 1953. GM has teased it for decades with unique concepts and elements, finally pulling the trigger last July, revealing the Chevrolet Corvette 2020. But the forces continued to work against the mid-engined sports car. A union strike and pandemic have delayed production, but it finally looks like the 2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible is coming to dealerships.
CorvetteBlogger.com reported earlier this month that he learned that production of the Corvette Convertible began on August 3. The publication said production will start slowly, with the first batch likely held for quality checks before being shipped to dealers, and the report looks correct. There’s a new YouTube video of at least one of a blue-on-blue-on-blue example arriving at Criswell Chevrolet in Md. With a sold sign on the dashboard. It’s a short video, and the sunroof arrives with other Corvette models in tow, both delivered and still on the truck, but it’s impossible to see if the others are convertibles as well.
When Chevy revealed the convertible last September, rumors suggested production would begin in February. However, a UAW strike the same month the disclosure delayed GM from completing production of the C7. Then, in March, much of the auto industry shut down in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic. COVID didn’t shut down all Corvette production, but the assembly line didn’t restart until May, focusing on catching up on coupe orders.
The C8 convertible was another first for GM, giving the Corvette its first retractable hardtop. Six hydraulic motors move it up and down at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, and it doesn’t consume any cargo space. It has the same 6.2-liter V8 developing 490 or 495 horsepower (365 or 369 kilowatts) and 465 or 470 pound-feet (630 or 637 Newton-meters) of torque. The convertible is a premium price of $ 7,500, which isn’t bad considering the relatively affordable price of the base model.