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  • ME’s HT Convertible: How Would It Work?

    We have seen around 50 ME mules/IVERS which show a coupe, and what appears to be a hard top (HT) convertible. — yet not a single one which looks like the flat-rear-decked, soft top convertibles that Corvettes have had almost forever. If the informed speculation that the only ME convertible we are getting would be a HT, here is how it would look and function.

    First, thank you very much to our forum member fvs who created this series of renderings, including the GIF (and also our forum main “landing banner”)!

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    Last edited by John; 07-06-2018, 05:09 PM.
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  • #2
    I'm one of those long time Corvette owners (going all the way back to 1968) that is really looking forward to the ME. I just hope we don't have to wait too long for the 'vert' version. While I really like the look of the engine 'under glass' of the various ME European coupes, I'd sacrifice that for a flip top as drawn by FVS. GM certainly knows how to make one. We had one of the first SSr trucks and it was great fun for nearly 15 years. (Our flip top Ferrari is fun too.....)
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    • #3
      Spot on question toold2race, i.e., how long after the couple starts production, might we have to wait for the HT ‘vert to start to be made.
      GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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      • #4
        That is a good question. If the mid engine’s HT convertible comes out a month after the start of ME coupe production, would you wait for it? Would you wait for it if you had to wait three more months after the coupe? How about six months?

        Or in other words HT convertible lovers, how much pain might you endure to get your ME as a hard top convertible?
        GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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        • #5
          Since I won't be buying a first year version anyway, waiting for a 'vert won't be an issue for me.
          SunKissed, my 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible (One of about 40)

          Purchased 5/2/2015,
          >36,000 miles

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          • #6
            Originally posted by John View Post
            Would you wait for it if you had to wait three more months after the coupe? How about six months?

            Or in other words HT convertible lovers, how much pain might you endure to get your ME as a hard top convertible?
            I could wait a full year, if needed, and potentially then get a higher HP (Z06 with the 5.5L TT engine?) Spyder version.

            This assumes that the LT1-derivative will be the engine available for the 1st year of production, with the higher output versions following in later years (as has been done with so many prior Vette generations).
            My C8:
            '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

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            '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
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            • #7
              Originally posted by John View Post
              That is a good question. If the mid engine’s HT convertible comes out a month after the start of ME coupe production, would you wait for it? Would you wait for it if you had to wait three more months after the coupe? How about six months?

              Or in other words HT convertible lovers, how much pain might you endure to get your ME as a hard top convertible?
              Like I mentioned on a different topic posted.... I am NOT waiting to get my ME, convertible or not.

              With that said.... when the convertible does comes out..... I'll just trade in my first ME for my second one! Now that's "no pain to endure"!

              Why wait at all??

              Besides.... I'm getting to old to have to wait for anything I desperately want.
              Last edited by Mark JD; 07-12-2018, 03:38 PM.
              Mark JD
              Venice, Florida

              2019 Grand Sport Convertible, 3LT, Blade Silver with Adrenaline Red interior. Delivery date: 12/12/2018
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              • #8
                I'm really looking forward to a HT vert. I'll give it a few years to work out all the bugs, but this is going to be a game changer.

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                • #9
                  segen77, we are glad you joined us. You are so right, that this is going to be a game changer. And we excitedly will be learning more and more about it, peeling each successive layer off the onion.

                  GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                  • #10
                    I've always been a coupe guy, but I have to admit if they do a well executed HT vert, that might be worth taking a look at.

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                    • #11
                      I would rather have this, I'm waiting 6 months anyway, I can wait. I thought they should do this, just have one model, the Ferrari Spyder 488 is awesome.
                      Lifetime member National Corvette Museum #2588
                      Retired from GM, Paint Dept.

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                      • #12
                        I would rather have a Spyder too. The birdies are whispering, there will however be a removable roof coupe as another option.
                        GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                        • #13
                          GM has done HT convertible before, they can do this!
                          Lifetime member National Corvette Museum #2588
                          Retired from GM, Paint Dept.

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