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The Chevrolet Corvette has offered a drop-top driving experience since its inception in 1953. However, beyond a traditional convertible car, most Corvette generations offer a removable roof panel or roof sections. So, is a later model Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, like a C7 or C8, worth it? Or should fans stick to the old-school removable convertible roof?   

When did Corvettes begin featuring removable roof panels?

The Chevrolet Corvette got its first removable roof section for the third-generation (C3) model. However, the earliest removable roof models, like the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, were more of a Targa Top (T-Top) application involving two panels and a structural member across the roofline.

An orange 1968 Chevy Corvette shows off its removable convertible roof.
1968 Chevrolet Corvette | General Motors

However, later models, like the C4 and C5 Corvette, moved to a single-panel application. Since then, Corvette coupes have incorporated some kind of removable roof panel. There were exceptions; the C5 Corvette Z06 swapped the modular roof for a stiff, solid application. Of course, America’s sports car also has a history of traditional soft tops. 

Do all C7 Corvettes have a removable roof?

The seventh-generation, or C7, Chevrolet Corvette offers a single-panel removable roof and a traditional soft top convertible. Better yet, the C7’s roof panel is easy to remove, lightweight, and stored in the liftback trunk of the coupe model when it’s not in use. 

A C7 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport shows off its convertible top.
A C7 Corvette Grand Sport | General Motors

As a result, the C7 coupe yields many of the benefits of a conventional convertible without losing as much structural rigidity as a soft top. Moreover, coupes tend to be more affordable than convertibles. According to Kelley Blue Book, a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette coupe has a mileage-dependent fair value of around $40,218. However, a 2014 model with a soft top raises that value by about $1,540. 

How much is a convertible Corvette?

A new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Convertible starts at around $73,395, $7,500 more than the coupe. That’s a pricey proposition considering the rigid coupe has a removable roof and space to store the panel. 

An orange C8 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible shows off its drop top.
C8 Convertible | General Motors

Of course, the new C8 Corvette Convertible isn’t a soft top application. Unlike the C7, the C8 has an electric hardtop, which stows and moves back into place with the press of a button. 

What’s the advantage of a new Corvette Convertible?

The convertible Corvette offers an electric hardtop in place of a fabric top. Consequently, Chevrolet says the new electric hardtop model is one of the most rigid and track-ready convertibles in the model’s history

However, with the affordability and ease of the roof panel in the coupe, a Stingray with a removable roof section could tick drop-top boxes without breaking the bank.


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