Do you prefer your Corvettes with a view of the sky, and your driving with wind through your hair? Here’s some good news, then: the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will make its official debut on March 5 at the Geneva Motor Show. Iconic in America, the Corvette is also revered in much of the world, to the point that Chevrolet’s president and managing director for Europe, Susan Docherty, calls the car “the face of Chevrolet the world over.”
Unveiling the Stingray convertible in Switzerland is likely a sign that GM will place greater emphasis on global sales of its halo sports car than in years past. Given the current state of the E.U.’s economy, though, we’re not sure that GM can count on the new Stingray adding much to Chevrolet Europe’s bottom line in 2013. There’s always China, we suppose.
Corvette’s chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, assures fans that the Stingray convertible will be every bit the sports car that the Stingray coupe is. In Juechter’s words, “Every Corvette is designed at the outset as an open car.” Fitting, since that’s how the Corvette began life in 1953.
Following the Stingray convertible’s Geneva debut, the first production car will cross the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, Florida, auction in April. Proceeds from the sale will go to support the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and we’re pretty sure that the sale price will rival the $1.05 million paid for the first production 2014 Corvette Stingray at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, Arizona, auction in January.