Loving This 1964 Corvette Is a Family Affair

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1964 Corvette drop-top has been in the same family for more than 50 years.

The Chevrolet Corvette is a lot of things to many people. To some, it’s a track toy. To others, it’s a retirement gift. To Carol Horowitz, a black C2 droptop is a family car.

According to Corvette Blogger, Carol and her late husband Robbie bought the 1964 Corvette when it was brand new for $4,150.20. Inspired by their favorite TV show, Route 66, they pointed their new car toward the famous stretch of road and put the right pedal down. No GPS, no cellphones. Just themselves and a mutual desire for adventure.

Robbie also had a need for speed, apparently. He raced the ‘Vette, using it to collect trophies at tracks such as Lime Rock, Watkins Glen, and (the now-defunct circuit at) Bridgehampton.

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Over the years, the adventure machine and race rocket became a family car.

“There were no car seats at the time and I would put a child on a little bed next to me, propping the bed in safely with a spare wheel,” says Carol. “It seems crazy now, but that’s how I did it at the time. We even used the Corvette as a ski car in Vermont, with a rack on the roof.”

To this day, it remains a family car. Every Father’s Day, Horowitz, her children, and her grand kids meet at her son David’s home in Westchester, New York. The Corvette makes an appearance, too. Those who are old enough to drive it even get a chance to take it for a spin.

One car, three generations. Eventually, that second number will hopefully rise. But Horowitz said there’s no chance her family will sell the car: “It will stay with us forever.”

Now that’s a family heirloom!

Derek Shiekhi contributes to J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series, among other auto sites. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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