Following an absence of more than a decade, Chevrolet reintroduced the convertible roof option for the 1986 Corvette. This may require some explanation for younger readers, as in the mid-1970s the American car industry thought all convertible cars had one foot in the grave. With the introduction of the 5 mph bumper—and other innovations—federal crash safety standards dealt major blows to car styling, comfort and convenience. Many then believed that convertible cars without any sort of roll-over protection were doomed.
This was not to be, however, and the mid-1980s saw a renaissance of convertible cars all over the world. From Chrysler K-Cars to Saab Turbos to Corvettes and Ferraris, the ragtop was back.
For Corvette, the convertible roof would persist until the end of the C4 run and into that of the C5, which is the generation of our subject car. Unlike the prior generation, the C5 was available with a completely fixed roof (which was the only choice on the new Z06), as well as the popular removable ‘Targa’ top and a cloth convertible.
Amenities were plentiful, with all the power options, leather seats and a choice between a 6-speed manual gearbox and an electronic overdrive automatic transmission.