I spent Sunday at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, MI. My main intent was to have my first in-person encounter with the 2020 Corvette. Why should Keith get to have all the fun, right? Once my C8 mission was complete I checked out the rest of the amazing show and then set off back to the Detroit Bureau regional headquarters.
As I was leaving the show, I came across a Long Beach Red C8 sitting in the parking lot with a small crowd around it. As I got closer, I noticed camouflage on the roof and engine cover. Imagine my surprise as realized I just stumbled upon a prototype C8 hardtop convertible!
The car was Long Beach Red Z51 with the Natural colored interior, Competition seats, black seat belts, black wheels, and yellow calipers. Since the rest of the car has been seen already, only the convertible bits were covered by camouflage.
Just looking at the roof and engine cover it appears that the hardtop will simply move rearward and down from its up position and then stow on top of the engine before being covered by the tonneau. There also looks to be separate trunk lid for the storage compartment behind the engine.
There’s no word yet on when the convertible will formally be shown for the first time. Based on the pics teased at the Tustin reveal and this prototype running around we have to assume it’ll be pretty soon. Meanwhile, take a closer look below.