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philv8

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Sun 25 Nov 18 21:07

Re: Why did you buy your corvette


Got to be 60 (it crept up on me when I wasn't looking) and realised I'd never owned a sports car, so thought I'd better get one whilst I could still get in and out of one. I've owned a Cadillac since 1999 so LHD wasn't a problem and I like the idea of the blue collar sports car, it's less 'look at how much money I've got' than most of it's competition....... and cheaper to run

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roppa440

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Mon 26 Nov 18 12:15

Re: Why did you buy your corvette


I tell you what. I'll give you a long story. Smile

I grew up in the '60s-'70s loving American cars.

I learned about Drag racing when reading my sisters "Monkees" Album. I loved the "MonkeeMobile" and wanted one. In the book it showed Slingshot Dragsters with parachutes on the back (like the Monkeemobile had) and the whole idea of fast cars and the American lifestyle shown on TV really impressed into me.

Other American shows on TV like "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Bewitched" had fantastic big convertibles that made our '60s cars look rubbish.

So I was building plastic kits of American cars and Dragsters from the age of 8 in 1967. Helped by an American "pen pall" who's parents sent me kits of funny cars, Super Stock (later Pro Stock) not available over here.

Come my Teen years in the early 70s I was interested in 55-57 Chevys, Camaros, C2 and C3 Corvettes as street cars. I was also well into "Chopper" Motorcycles. But then I saw the film "Vanishing Point" and suddenly It was Dodge Challenger I wanted. Or a 55 chevy when I saw "Two lane Blacktop" a year or two after. Then a bright red 70 'Cuda I had as a poster on my bedroom wall.

It was also the very early 70s when I started buying Hot Rod, Car Craft, and the UKs Custom Car magazines. I was completely hooked.

But in the end I went off Corvettes a bit with them being more of a Sports car. The Pro-Stock and Dodge Challenger/Plymouth Barracuda dreams just never left me.

Fast forward 25 years...

I had built but never finished a chopper with 15" extended forks I made myself.
The first car I ever bought was a 5.2L Australian Charger.
I performance modified a Mk2 Escort I had.
I had bought that Challenger R/T I always wanted.

And the C5 Corvette was launched in the US with a promise of availability in the UK.

Now all of a sudden my attention was grabbed by the "new" C5 Corvette. To me it was miles ahead of the previous versions. You could even carry luggage in it. But the performance and engineering made the biggest impression.
For the first time since the early 70's a Corvette suddenly really appealed to me.

But WAY beyond anything I could afford. I had taken two years to get the money together to buy my 70 Challenger which had cost me 6000 in 1989. Plus even if I did have 40K-odd to spend there was no way I could afford to keep my Challenger as well. Which was still my main passion.

But about 9 years ago I started struggling to afford to keep my Challenger. Bad health didn't help either. When someone offered me over 30K for it my head (not my heart) decided it had to go.

At the same time I was on a road trip in the USA with some friends. One of them was using a C4 Corvette as daily transport. I got a couple of rides in it and he suggested, that because they were so cheap, I should get one until I was back on my feet again. And to be honest I was quite impressed by it.

So after sorting out my finances after the sale of the Challenger I found I had up to 17K left over for a replacement.

Another good quality Mopar of the kind i liked was already beyond that price range.

So I started looking at C4 Corvettes like my US buddy's.

But then I saw that actually the C5 Corvettes were now in that price range. My mind went back to how impressed I had been about 10 years earlier with the C5 and now I could actually afford to buy one!

So that's what I did. Thumbs up

To be honest there was nothing about Mopars I didn't know. Having restored my Challenger a few times over the years and modified it to handle and drive extremely fast there was not a single bolt on that car I was not familiar with.

The C5 Corvette is essentially a "modern" car. With all this modern technology that was a mystery to me. So it has been great slowly learning so much more than I could with working and tuning old cars.

I still love my C5. I have got it performing, driving and sounding exactly as I want it. But one day the urge to go back to an old Mopar might put me back into a position where I would have to sell it just for the garage space. Maybe....



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Redlevel

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Mon 26 Nov 18 19:17

Re: Why did you buy your corvette


My first hotrod show was in 1966 ( I was 12) in an underground carpark in London. I too, was blown away and began reading anything i could.
In 1969 I was taken to Crystal Palace to watch racing I remember a loud Camaro driven by a guy called Frank Gardner at the front battling with a Viva driven by Gerry Marshall. The V8 sound of that Camaro still resonates in my head. The same year I saw Bullitt and was totally hooked on V8's.

Still had to wait til 1979 to buy a '72 Hawaiian Firebird F400 that I found in the back of a garage in Glasgow.

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roppa440

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Tue 27 Nov 18 08:38

Re: Why did you buy your corvette


Redlevel wrote (View Post):Still had to wait til 1979 to buy a '72 Hawaiian Firebird F400 that I found in the back of a garage in Glasgow.

Hawaiian?

Is that a model option or just one from Hawaii?

Guy I knew had a Plymouth Duster from Hawaii. Factory heater delete!

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Fishy Dave

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Tue 27 Nov 18 12:46

Re: Why did you buy your corvette


Some good reads above. Clap

In brief I was attracted to the noise, performance, looks, relative rarity in the UK, affordability and racing pedigree.

Corvette have only appeared on my radar in recent years as a serious ownership proposition. Watching the C7's battle at Le Mans (on TV) piqued my interest, then a passenger lap in a C6 Grandsport at a Laguna Seca trackday confirmed I would like one, what a noise! The enjoyment of that US roadtrip prompted an almost daily trip to the classifieds and forums, looking for a C5, until I found my cheap C6 within budget in December.


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Atomic UK

Future club member?

Tue 27 Nov 18 15:29

Re: Why did you buy your corvette


A cracking thread - I'll add my history in due course, but loving reading everyone else's.
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Former Corvettes:
1999 C5 - Black 2005 - 2007
2007 C6 Z51 - Atomic Orange 2007 - 2009

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Redlevel

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Tue 27 Nov 18 18:49

Re: Why did you buy your corvette


roppa440 wrote (View Post):Redlevel wrote (View Post):Still had to wait til 1979 to buy a '72 Hawaiian Firebird F400 that I found in the back of a garage in Glasgow.

Hawaiian?

Is that a model option or just one from Hawaii?

Guy I knew had a Plymouth Duster from Hawaii. Factory heater delete!


Mike Salta car from Honolulu. Still got the dealer frame and the yellow plates. 'HAWAII - THE ALOHA STATE'..

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Wacjac

Committee Member

Tue 27 Nov 18 20:46


Hubby will love me for this one..... how did he get a Corvette....basically cos we were told it would take 9-12 months for my new Merc SLK. He went on the internet one Saturday morning and said he had found a Corvette. I didn't know what a Corvette looked like. We drove down to Cheshire in his Camaro still with the intention of me getting a car. It was the shortest and quickest test drive we have ever had, said we would think about it and be in touch. Less than 20 minutes into the drive home, we had made the decision, he made the call and the rest is history. 15 years later he still loves the car. (and me, obviously)


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