There's a reason why the event is happening in Florida – and you can go.
Earlier this month we learned that the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible will officially be revealed on October 2. Today, however, we have an update that the public will surely want to know about. According to the Kennedy Space Center, located at Merritt Island, Florida, only 24 hours after the C8 Corvette Convertible's official debut for the media, the automaker will publicly show the car at the Kennedy Space Center Complex. More specifically, the event will be held at the complex's Rocket Garden. Why there? What's the NASA connection? That's easy.
Corvettes were the car of choice for America's first astronauts back in the 1960s. The likes of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first men to walk on the moon, drove Corvettes.
It's pretty easy to understand why because Ed Cole, then-president of GM and Jim Rathmann Chevrolet of Melbourne, Florida offered astronauts one hell of a deal: the use of any Chevy model for a year at a cost of just $1. Needless to say, the astronauts all picked Corvettes. The new Corvette Convertible, the first-ever production Corvette with a mid-engine layout, will likely cost a little more than the $59,995 base price attached to the 2020 Corvette coupe.
Those interested in attending this public display at one of America's coolest parks also need to know that two reveal presentations will be held, one at 11 am the second at 2 pm. A special guest astronaut will also be in attendance. Who could this person be? We're really hoping it will be one of the surviving Apollo astronauts. Chevrolet will also have a special guest speaker of its own.
Attendees will also receive special reveal event posters and other memorabilia Chevy plans to hand out. And yes, this event is included in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex daily admission price of $57 per ticket.
The C8 Corvette Convertible, like the coupe, will come standard with a 6.2-liter V8 good for at least 490 horsepower and mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. Sales are expected to get underway next year.