Despite the limited number of units produced in 1997, there was no question that the new C5 Corvette was anything less than a phenomenal success.  Enthusiasts and critics alike praised the car for its outward appearance, improved ergonomics, impressive drivability and handling, uncompromising performance capabilities, and its complete feeling of precision and quality.  General Motors had hit a home-run from the very start, leaving many questioning with eager anticipation how the C5 could possibly be improved upon. The answer was simple enough.  For its sophomore year, Chevrolet introduced an all-new convertible companion to the C5 coupe. The plan had been to build the convertible from the very start of the C5 project and, as a result, the execution of putting the design to production was far simpler than the development of a convertible variant might have been had such measures not been taken. In truth, the C5 Corvette had been engineered to accommodate a convertible top without the necessary heavy structural reinforcements most convertible cars require. The benefit of this intentional design strategy was that the C5 Convertible would not require extensive reworking, it would we...