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  Removable auxiliary hardtop available for 1956-1975 and 1989-1996 convertibles; also new fixed-roof model introduced in 1999.
Harley EarlHarley J. Earl (November 22, 1893April 10, 1969) was an automotive stylist and engineer and industrial designer. He is most famous for his time at General Motors from 1927 until 1959, where he was the first Vice President of Design. He designed the first concept car, the Buick Y-Job, he started "Project Opel", which eventually became the Chevrolet Corvette, and he authorized the introduction of the tailfin to automotive styling.
Head-up DisplayProjection of instrument readout onto a vehicle's windshield in the direct vision path of the driver. Corvette first offered this feature in its 1999 model.
HeadersSteel tubing exhaust manifolds designed for maximum performance usually. Chrysler designed some in the early '60s in cast iron but Chevrolet stuck with the Ram Horn on the SBC. Common terms are: Hookers (brand), 180 degree, equal length, tuned, and tri-Y. Corvette never had headers until 1980 when a short tube exhaust manifold was fabricated and most call them shorty headers. In reality, they are more of just a tubing manifold created to lighten the Corvette than a true header in the performance sense, as they are too short to offer much improvement in exhaust scavenging.
HEIHigh Energy Ignition system. GM left breaker point distributors in 1975 and began using the HEI distributor which features a higher voltage coil and a magnetic breakerless system. Most are good for 6500 - 7000 rpm but above that they can fail to give good results. For most street cars, unless you drive at 7000 rpm, the HEI is a great deal, since parts are available everywhere for it should you ever need to do anything. It does not have a tach drive version so owners of 1963 to 1974 Corvettes need to get the customized tach drive HEI or convert their tach to electronic. 1956 to 1962 Corvettes can use the generator drive for the tach.

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