The current-generation C6 Chevrolet Corvette will be heading to the big parking lot in the sky after next year, but the Bow Tie won’t be sending it away quietly. As a celebration of the end of the C6′s run and the Corvette nameplate’s 60-year run, Chevy has taken the wraps off of the Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition.
The special-edition Corvette made its official debut last month at the Barrett Jackson in Arizona, but the Chicago auto show is the first place the general public will be getting a look at the car. The 427 is based around the 7.0-liter V-8 from the Corvette Z06, which pumps out a healthy 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque and sends its power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The engine is hand-assembled and buyers who are so inclined can play a part in building their car’s V-8 through the Corvette Build Experience program.
Differentiating the celebratory Corvette convertible are 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, carbon-fiber raised hood, carbon fiber fenders a la the Z06, and carbon fiber floor panels. The 427 also comes dressed in the 60th Anniversary Package, donning Arctic White paint, a blue softtop, and a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accents.
For more on the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our Chicago Show homepage.