The Corvette Convertible was built in fairly small numbers for the 2020 model year due to production snags caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, accounting for just 17 percent of sales. Customers who were unable to get their hands on a 2020 Corvette Convertible seem to have waited for a 2021 Corvette Convertible, however, as sales of the drop-top model have been much stronger this year.
At the recent National Corvette Museum Bash, Chevrolet revealed that so far, the convertible is accounting for roughly 41 percent of 2021MY Corvette sales. According to Corvette marketing manager Harlan Charles, Chevy has sold 19,362 examples of the 2021 Corvette as of April 1st, which would mean it has sold 7,938 convertibles.
This is a higher-than-usual take rate for the Corvette Convertible versus the Coupe, although the drop top’s popularity may have something to do with the unusual circumstances surrounding the 2020 Corvette. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the arrival of the C8 Convertible, so many customers were unable to get their hands on the vehicle they wanted last year. Therefore, some would-be 2020 Corvette Convertible buyers may have been carried over into 2021, resulting in higher-than-usual sales of the folding hardtop model.
The C8 Corvette Convertible is the first Corvette with a folding hardtop roof. Josh Holder, engineering manager for the C8 Corvette program, says the power-retractable roof allows customers to experience the joys of open-air driving without having to sacrifice styling, comfort or performance.
“Our goal from the beginning was to make sure customers didn’t have to sacrifice any functionality, performance or comfort when choosing the hardtop convertible,” Holder said following the Corvette Convertible’s release last year. “We managed to keep the same design theme as the coupe, as well as the exceptional storage capacity and track capability.”
Chevy stopped taking new sold orders for the 2021 Corvette in late March after it sold out of its remaining production capacity for the 2021 model year. The automaker will begin taking orders for the 2022 Corvette in early July, with production also expected to begin around that time.