Corvette Convertible Top

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Chevrolet Corvette convertible tops have evolved since the first Corvette convertible was introduced over 50 years ago. The Corvette's top has gone though appearance changes and material changes, but modern Corvettes still maintain the attitude and strength of the originals. Design-conscious manufacturers have made replacing a vintage Corvette convertible top a simple affair by producing new tops that don't interrupt the beauty of the classic styling.

History of the Corvette Convertible Top

The earliest convertible Corvette tops were made from a Chevrolet fabric called Harmony Cloth. The best modern replacement for Harmony Cloth is perhaps Stayfast canvas. Stayfast canvas is durable, and has a strong dynamic wear rating, which is great for the active Corvette owner.

In the mid-1950s, the Corvette's top underwent its first appearance change, dropping the tan Harmony Cloth in favor of the modern appeal of vinyl. Vinyl tops are easy to clean and extremely affordable, and are produced in a variety of colors. Though an exact replica of Classic Corvette vinyl isn't currently produced, Haartz Pinpoint vinyl has an extremely similar appearance.

In the late 1980s, the material structure of the Corvette top changed again. Tops for 1986 and later Corvettes were available in either canvas or vinyl, providing the owner to choose the modern appearance of smooth vinyl or the "classic" look of canvas. Chevrolet continues to produce Corvette convertible tops in both materials, further developing the vinyl top when they introduced heavy glass windows. Vinyl tops for early 1990s and later Corvettes use a heavy duty, ET (extra thickness) vinyl to help support the weight of the window.

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