Time for me to do the “official” I now have my 1st Corvette post!!!!
First a little background. I’m in my mid fifties, live in the Chicago burbs and have always enjoyed cars, racing (Indy) and the like. Married 32 years, my wife and I have always had a toy car in the garage. From the 78’ Pontiac Trans Am that I bought when we were dating to the 71’ Buick GS we currently have for sale. We had the TA 17 years and we have had the GS 16 years, man how time flies!!
As a kid I wanted a Corvette before I could even drive. My Dad often said that if I wouldn’t have spent all the money fixing, breaking, changing things I could have bought a Corvette and been money ahead. Somehow Dad’s are usually right!
About 5 years ago I found the forum started surfing. A Corvette, for me, just always seemed out of reach, other priorities, kids in college, you know the story. Last fall my wife and I sat down and talked about where my/our hobby was going next. I mentioned a Corvette and she said, why not! Ok, now I’m on the forum reading, printing, searching… I think I have 3 – 4” binders full of info I’ve printed from the forum. Yes, being an engineer I like a little research and then there’s that being a little **** thing.
We sat down, discussed a budget, drove C5/C6, and determined C5 would be the choice. (Something about those pop up headlights) Budget was 25/25. $25k and under 25k on the odometer. The search began. I looked high and low, websites, Cars, AutoTrader, Craigs… Looked at quite a few and quickly learned “mint” had very different meanings depending if you were a buyer or a seller!
One week ago Sunday (4-21) I was in Pittsburgh for a couple days of meetings. In my room on the computer I was doing a little work and had the C5 Sales Section open as well. BAM, there it was!!! “2002 Corvette w/under 2000 miles”, the post had been up for 5 minutes. I immediately clicked on it and there was an email. Emailed the seller, send me your phone number we need to talk NOW!! Number came immediately and I think we spent an hour on the phone?! I explained my situation, where I was and that I couldn't see the car till Wed, but I was serious as a heart attack interested. Seller agreed to hold the car, till then. I called my wife frantically to tell her and later she said I couldn't complete a sentence I was so excited.
Went to see it Wed, and yes it was/is mint, agreed to purchase and started the long drive back to Chicago. Made it home Thu, grabbed a cashier’s check and flew back Friday morning! By 1 PM Friday the deal was done and I began the 11 hour 700+ mile ride home! About a half hour into the ride, still trying to get settled in the seats, I’m playing with the buttons on the dash when I look up to see an extension ladder across the road!!!! Fortunately traffic was light and I was able to avoid the ladder without incident. I did quit playing with the dash buttons though… Stopped to grab a quick bite on the Ohio Turnpike, sat by the window to watch MY car, and then noticed an Ohio State Trooper behind the car. Glad I had the PA temp tag on!! When I arrived home, about 12:30 AM my bride was in the driveway in her PJ's, “I want my ride now”. My daughter, as much as she tried to stay up, finally succumbed to the comfort of the couch!
Anyway, I could go on and on after only a few days of ownership, but I absolutely love it!!! My only problem is I haven’t slept very much, I keep looking in the garage! If this is a dream, please don’t pinch me as I really don’t want to wake up.
Thanks to all the knowledge you guys & gals share on this forum it has been and will continue a great help for me!
And a special Thanks to John, “jpargo” for putting up with all my emails, calls, questions and still selling me the car! He’s truly a class guy!