After the debut of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the Detroit Auto Show last month, it was only a matter of time before Chevy trotted out the next variant of the C7—which we fully expected would be the convertible. We just didn’t think they’d choose to reveal it, y’know, abroad. Because ‘Mericuh.
But that’s exactly what they’re doing—the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show early next month. We’re guessing this has something to do with General Motors’s desire to make Europeans see the Corvette as more of a worldly car and less the sort of thing Schwarzkopf would drive into Baghdad at the head of a line of M1 Abrams tanks.
GM released the teaser image seen above as a teaser, which seems to indicate the new Corvette convertible will retain a high beltline, a swept-back windshield and a hint of aerodybamic double-bubble behind the occupants’ heads. (We’re guessing it’ll probably look an awful lot like this, which we’re pretty sure is a model car version of the Stingray convertible.) The first Corvette Stingray Convertible will be auctioned off for charity in early April at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida; if the charity auction of the first C7 Corvette coupe was any indication, we expect the first Corvette Stingray drop-top to sell for more than a million bucks. [via GM]
Corvette Stingray Convertible to Debut at Geneva
Auction of first retail production model to benefit Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
ZURICH – The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible will make its world debut on March 5 at the Geneva Motor Show.
“It’s fitting to introduce the new Stingray convertible on the global stage at Geneva because Corvette is the face of Chevrolet the world over,” said Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe. “It is an icon that has long been recognized and admired even in countries where it’s never officially been offered.”
There are Corvette owner and enthusiast clubs in more than 100 countries, and 58 percent of the 1.1 million fans who “Like” Corvette’s official Facebook page reside outside the United States.
The Corvette Stingray convertible will deliver the same balance of technology, design and performance introduced on the coupe in January in Detroit.
“Every Corvette is designed at the outset as an open car,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “The new Stingray is no different, with the coupe and convertible designed to excel in any situation – be it your daily commute, a drive across the continent, or charging through twisting back roads.”
Chevrolet will auction the first retail production model of the Corvette Stingray convertible at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach collector car auction to benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Karmanos, based in southeast Michigan, is a unique, urban-based integrated center of research, patient care and education, dedicated to the prevention, early detection, treatment and eventual eradication of cancer.
The Barrett-Jackson will be held April 4-6 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach, Fla. Bids can be submitted in person at the auction or online at www.barrett-jackson.com.
In January, the first retail production model of the 2014 Corvette Stingray – with the Vehicle Identification Number ending in 0001 – sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction for $1.05 million. Proceeds from that sale benefitted the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
Geneva will also host the European debut of the Spark EV, Chevrolet’s electric, five-door mini car.