When Chevrolet first announced there would be a special Premiere Edition of the Corvette Stingray Coupe back in June 2013, no one was certain whether or not they would also be offering the special limited edition Stingray as a Convertible. But that didn’t stop interested parties from contacting dealers and saying “I want it”. Sure enough, once the Stingray Convertibles started production, Chevrolet announced that 550 Convertible Premiere Editions in Lime Rock Green would be produced.
Criswell Corvette’s Mike Furman got that call from Bob D. in Annapolis, MD about putting a deposit down on a Stingray Convertible Premiere Edition just after the Coupe was announced and this week he was able to take the Lime Rock Green Corvette Stingray home.
“He (Bob) put down a deposit and neither of us knew details… but once he viewed #18 in person it was pure enthusiasm from moment one. Bob traded in his 4LT GS with 8,100 miles and couldn’t wait to take possession of his Premiere Convt in Limerock Green Metallic!
The Premiere Edition Convertibles come loaded with the 3LT trim package and optional chrome wheels and they showcase nearly all the options available as well as some of the cool dealer installed options. The MSRP for #18 was around $77,000.
Here’s are photos showing the delivery of the #18 of 550 Corvette Stingray Convertible Premiere Edition to Bob:
A few days after the delivery, Mike received this note from Bob:
I have been a Corvette person for many years, but have not had a dealership relationship for a long time. Mostly because with the Internet the Corvette inventory in the entire country is basically at hand and I thought the choice of a dealer / sales person was not as important as it once was. That was before I met Mike Furman at Criswell Chevrolet.
In 2012 I bought a loaded Blade Silver Grand Sport (that I found several states distant via the Internet). I expected to have it for some time, but then there was the announcement of the C7 and later that of the Premiere Editions. After months of reading everything I could find I decided I wanted to get a Premiere, the only decision being a coupe or a convertible.
So I needed a Corvette dealer to help me since the Premiere Edition is not orderable. Since I knew that not all dealers would get a Premiere Edition I thought is best to go to a high volume dealer.
First I went to a local dealer and found friendly people, but not a friendly deal. So I searched for Malcolm Konner because in the past they were the Worlds Largest Corvette Dealer. Finding that Konner had changed I searched for the current largest Corvette dealer and found information about Mike Furman and Criswell Chevrolet.
Mike told me that he could take a down-payment on a Premiere Edition but could not make any promise or guarantee that I would get one, only that he would do his best.
At the time I did not know that Mike’s best is as good as it gets. I talked to Mike several times over the months and got to know him a bit – he is surely the most dedicated, helpful and sincere Corvette person I have known.
So getting my Premiere Edition Convertible from Mike was really like getting it from a friend. My guess is most who buy from Mike feel the same way.
If you’re serious about adding a 2014 Corvette to your garage and you want a sales rep that is knowledgeable and will go the extra mile to make it happen, call Mike Furman at Criswell Corvette at (301) 212-4420 or visit him online at http://criswellcorvette.com/mike_furman.aspx. Mike has sold over 3000 Corvettes over his professional sales career and that 35 years of experience shines when dealing with each and every new customer.
Mike Furman at Criswell Corvette
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