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Long time lurker, recently joined and my first post.
Iíve been in love with Corvettes since I was a boy growing up in Saint Louis. At that time Corvettes were built on Union Blvd. and several of my friends fathers worked on the Corvette line. Some retired and some moved to Bowling Green.
Iím finally in a position to own one and Iíve decided to buy new. I was hoping to get advice on refining my order to get a Vette that will hold its value.
Please feel free to pick on any of my choices/ tell me why my choice is a mistake and / or what else I should add.
Hereís what Iíve decided on:
2015 2LT Z51 Convertible. Night Race Blue w/ adrenaline red interior
-Z51 5-split spoke chrome aluminum wheels (chrome is Ďclassicí and Iím -concerned the black is trendy)
-8-speed paddle shift automatic (new for 2015. Live in City where much driving will take place and think auto is just more convenient option on a daily basis)
-MSR Ride Control
-GT bucket seats
Where did I go wrong?
What am I missing?
Do wheel center caps matter?
Is there any of the interior or exterior bling (like stingray logos, etc) that will mark the car as something special 10 years from now?
Any and all advice / criticism is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Sounds like a great choice .. your car, get exactly what you want.
I also grew up in St Louis .. nice place, but traffic is nutso. I also fell in love with Corvettes at an early age, and then was introduced to a friend's new Stingray in '63. In those days you could get all sorts of special options just by asking ..
Get what you want. Cars are a depreciating asset. Don't worry about holding it's value. It won't. Also, performance exhaust is included with the Z51 option in 2015. Go for it!
Vettnutt is 100% correct. Order the car how you want it and not how you think the next owner might want it. Know, though, that your color combo of choice is not a common one and that it will have limited appeal down the road.
upper trim suede package. "IWE" neat and half price on convertible. chrome wheels waste of money IMOP, get standard silver, save 2k, or get black and trade even up for chrome. nightrace blue/red costs extra, why? maybe go black/red. also don't forget those custom valve stem covers, code "SDN" people are lining up for those, LOL.
You'll love the NRB! Love mine. I also like the chrome wheels. Some do some don't. Google NRB pics and click on images. You'll see tons of wheels black and a ton chrome. Will give you other perspectives to select from. Other than that, I agree that the red may not be so hot. Then again, mine is brownstone and would have never thought that would look good with NRB...but it does!
Years ago I saw a 64 Vette in midnight blue with red interior and that's where I got the idea. I get that it's not for everyone and I may change my mind. Dark blue and red are popular baseball colors. BoSox, Nationals and Cardinals are three examples.
And honestly, a black gray or kalihari interior is just so pedestrian.
For those who argue against chrome wheels, is it just the aesthetic you don't like or is there a practical reason to not pick chrome? In the package I priced, there wasn't a up-charge for chrome (but I misunderstand). I also like the black wheels on NRB, but I'm concerned black wheels might just be a fad.
I'm thinking seriously about red calibers. Not sure yet.
Of course all vettes depreciate. But I want a 'classic' look that is tricked out but stock for the long run, i.e. no fad colors or bling or tacky aftermarket add-ons. I know, your thinking "yea, so what about the NRB w/ red interior?' but I think this is 'classic'. And as I said, you may have wore me down on this point.