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Chevrolet Corvette Seats

The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most iconic sports cars in the world, which also makes it one of the most sought-after vehicles for collectors and restorers. As the primary contact interface between car and driver, the seats are almost always in need of some type of attention or replacement when restoring a car. Luckily, the popularity of the Corvette has opened the door for several aftermarket options for Chevrolet Corvette seats, from repair kits to seat covers to full replica replacement parts.

How many seats does a Corvette have?

The Chevrolet Corvette has been a two-passenger vehicle since it's introduction in 1953, featuring two bucket seats. Over the years, some Corvette owners have also opted to modify the rear deck in order to hold a folding bench for smaller passengers. This conversion was popular among the 1970s and 1980s models of the vehicle.

What materials are Corvette seats made from?

Chevrolet has always positioned the Corvette as a high-end, luxury sports car. From the very first Chevrolet Corvette model on, each variation produced has been available with either vinyl or leather surfaces. As surface technologies advanced, Chevrolet has gradually added more sustainable, eco-friendly artificial leatherette to several interior surfaces.

Early models from the 1950s and 1960s were almost exclusively vinyl, with leather being reserved for interior trim pieces. The 1970s saw the use of more natural leather. In the 1980s and 1990s, full leather seating was at the height of its popularity and Corvette models from this period were typically equipped in this way. This was also the era in which cloth covers were made available for the first time in Chevrolet Corvettes. Additionally, surfaces are available in a variety of materials from aftermarket brands, including sports fabric, which is popular in the sports cars, and several types of soft-touch vinyl.

How do you replace Chevrolet Corvette seats?

Many Corvette owners choose to replace the seats as a unit. The process is simple and can be done at home if you wish. Though the detailed steps will vary between model years and equipment packages, the procedure is not difficult on a Chevrolet.

  • First, it is important to clear away any interfering harnesses or cables from beneath the seat base. This includes power adjustment motors and cables as well as racing restraint harnesses.
  • Most Chevrolet-made original assemblies will be mounted on a set of rails that are oriented front to back. These rails are typically installed on studs extending from the floorboard through the carpeting. Removing the four nuts from these studs will allow you to lift the assembly from the studs and out of the vehicle.
  • Installation of the new assembly follows the same procedure in reverse. Keep in mind that this process is much easier with convertible tops down or roof panels removed.