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February 16, 2021

Guide to Corvette Roof Types

The Chevrolet Corvette, the Vette, the iconic American classic, stealing the hearts of many a car lover since 1953. It will forever have its place in American automobile history and folklore. However, there are still many nuanced facts and pieces of trivia that even seasoned Corvette aficionados may not know.

The Corvette offered many bells and whistles as far as interior options and engine packages over the decades but the one option that sometimes confuses people is “simply”  the roof and body style. Is it a convertible? Roadster? Targa top? Removeable hardtop? Which options were offered in what model year, what are they called, and most importantly, which roof and body style do they have?

Yes, we probably see these questions asked more than most because we sell weatherstripping (hugely important stuff on any convertible or T-top), but we see it enough that we wanted to clear things up. So, we created this guide to the different Corvette roof type options on the C1 (first generation) to C5 (fifth generation) Corvettes.

First Generation, C1:  1953 – 1962

1953- 1955

  • 2 Door Convertible (Soft Top) / Roadster (No roll-up door windows)

1956

  • 2 Door Convertible (Soft Top)
    • Roll-up glass door windows
    • Optional removable Hard Top roof available

1957- 1962

  • 2 Door Convertible (Soft Top)
    • Optional removable Hard Top roof available

Second Generation, C2:  1963 – 1967

1963 Sting Ray

  • 2 Door Convertible (Soft Top)
    • Optional removable Hard Top roof available
  • 2 Door “Split-Window” Coupe
    • Two-piece glass Rear Window

1964 Sting Ray

  • 2 Door Convertible (Soft Top)
    • Optional removable Hard Top roof available
  • 2 Door Coupe
    • One-piece wraparound glass Rear Window

1965- 1967 Sting Ray

  • 2 Door Convertible (Soft Top)
    • Optional removable Hard Top roof available
  • 2 Door Coupe

Third Generation, C3:  1968 – 1982

1968-1975 Stingray

  • 2 Door Convertible (Soft Top)
    • Optional removable Hard Top roof available
  • 2 Door T-Top roof Coupe

1976- 1977 Stingray

  • 2 Door T-Top roof Coupe

Did you know? The Corvette had an option for a factory CB radio from 1978-1985? The craze from this Starsky and Hutch staple of course was offered for the Camaro and Trans Am but also spilled over to the Corvette.

1978- 1982

  • 2 Door T-Top roof Fastback rear window Coupe

Did you know? The term Targa Top originated in 1966 with the Porshe 911? And while many people use the term to describe the hard top removeable top on a Corvette it is a registered trademark of Porshe.

Fourth Generation, C4:  1984 – 1996

1984- 1985

  • 2 Door Standard removable roof panel Coupe

1986- 1988

  • 2 Door Convertible (Soft Top)
  • 2 Door Standard removable roof panel Coupe

1989- 1996

  • 2 Door Convertible (Soft Top)
    • Optional removable Hard Top roof available
  • 2 Door Standard removable roof panel Coupe

Fifth Generation, C5:  1997 – 2004

1997

  • 2 Door removable roof panel Fastback (hatchback) Coupe

1998

  • 2 Door Convertible (Soft Top)
    • Optional removable Hard Top roof available
  • 2 Door removable roof panel Fastback (hatchback) Coupe

1999- 2004

  • 2 Door Convertible (Soft Top)
    • Optional removable Hard Top roof available
  • 2 Door removable roof panel Fastback (hatchback) Coupe
  • 2 Door fixed roof Hardtop (notchback rear window)

The Corvette convertible top options certainly evolved a lot over the years and so did their weatherstripping parts. If you have any questions about your specific roof type or parts for it feel free to reach out on the phone or online and we’ll be happy to help you!

Steele not only has all the products you need but all the knowledge you need to get the job done right, too. If you have questions about Rubber Parts or Weatherstripping on your Classic Car, Truck, Hot Rod or even your boat, trailer or RV, feel free to reach out to us! You can call us at 800-650-4482, contact us through our website or comment on this post and we’ll get you answers as quickly as possible. Check out our YouTube channel for our full library of how-to/installation videos.

Steele Rubber Products, located in Denver, NC, is a manufacturer and seller of high-quality rubber parts and weatherstripping products for classic and vintage automobiles, hot rods, RVs and Boats. Steele offers more than 12,000 parts for cars and trucks as well as a large line of universal weatherstripping and rubber parts to be used on any project. Established in 1958, Steele is a trusted name in the automotive restoration industry. 

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