The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible will have its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5. Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, said that it’s appropriate to launch the new Stingray convertible on the worldwide stage at Geneva since Corvette is the “face of Chevrolet” around the world.
She also said that this icon has been known and loved in countries where it was never available. More than a hundred countries have their own Corvette owner and enthusiast clubs. In fact, non-U.S. residents comprise 58% of the 1.1 million fans who “Like” Corvette's official Facebook page. The Corvette Stingray convertible will offer the right balance of technology, design and performance presented on the coupe in January at the Detroit show.
Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer, said that each Corvette is designed as an open car at the start. He also said that the new Stingray is the same way, with the coupe and convertible meant to stand out in any situation whether it’s a daily commute, a a drive through the continent, or charging through winding back roads.
At the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach collector car auction, Chevrolet will put up for auction the first retail production model of the Corvette Stingray convertible for the benefit of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Headquartered in southeast Michigan, Karmanos is a distinctive, urban-based integrated center of research, patient care and education, committed to the prevention, early detection, treatment and later, the eradication of cancer.
For many car collectors, having Corvettes manufactured between 1966 and 1969 as part of their collection increases the value of the entire set. Corvette models released during this period are considered as among the most-coveted. A good example of this would be the 427-powered units. The first generation of this model was released in 1966 and is available two performance levels.
The first was the L30 with output of 390 hp and peak torque of 460 lb.-ft. The second was the L72 with power of 425 hp but having the same torque as the first unit. By 1967, the brand came out with two new performance levels. This was the L71 and with the addition of the highly distinct triple-carburetor induction system, output was increased to 435 hp.
Auto collectors the world over call these models as the 427/435, particularly the convertibles, and many would want to have them as part of their collections. The second was known as the L88 and through a single four-barrel carburetor with aluminum heads tuned for racing, it offered 430 hp. This second version was developed targeting customers who wanted to change their Corvettes to race vehicles.
What makes it even more highly appealing to collectors is that it was installed in only 216 production units of the Corvette for the years starting 1967 and ending 1969. By 1969, Corvette introduced the L89 which was unique in the sense that it had the engine of the 427 with the induction system of the L71.
This allowed the L89 to deliver maximum power. In addition, by making use of the aluminum heads of the L88 rather than the standard iron versions, the model is able to save as much as 100 pounds on weight. In the same year, the brand also came out with a pair of ZL1 427 coupes. Its engine was similar to the L88 with the exception that it was composed entirely of aluminum.
Since the cylinder heads and block are made of aluminum, it has the needed weight advantage that is important for racing. A number of units of this same engine have been sold to racers as crate engines. The year 1970 rolled in and this time the big-block engine now measured 454 cubic inches. This was fortunate considering that the interest on high-performance high-compression engines was slowing down. Still there was no doubt that the 427 Corvette’s 4-year run set the what would later be known as the golden age of performance.