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Old 08-12-2017, 06:19 PM   #21
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In High school,my best friends family owned a used car lot.Got my first when I was 18.'66 427 w/side pipes.

Every year or two,they would get in something I was interested in and I would trade.I've had C2-C5,skipped C6.

My C7 is my 12th.....so far.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:31 PM   #22
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I always liked corvette's . When I was around 12 I was given a ride in a 70 convert and was hooked. Took me to 2009 to get my first corvette 04 and a month ago to be able to take delivery of new GS. Patience does pay off !
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:01 PM   #23
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There was a TV show when I was a little kid, two guys cruising the country in a convertible late 50s or early 60s corvette, I just loved that car.

Loved the stingray when it came out, loved the maco shark C-3 too. Had a 66, 396 Chevelle in high school, always wanted a vette. Went through a smoky and the bandit 79 firebird (great car) and a Z-28 before getting my first vette, a C-5. Just love my C-7......and it's not even broken in yet.

Funny story about an XKE. Cruising the beltway in my convertible chevelle, a lady in an convertible XKE came up. I excelerated, so did she, we played a little. I pegged the needle at 120, car topped out at about 140 or so. She just kept going, right past me. Great car and she could drive it.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:14 PM   #24
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I've been a mustang guy most of my life. However in 2010 I couldn't get through DEQ with my highly modded Saleen. I test drive a new GS and decided I would be upgrading when the time was right. Traded the Saleen in on a truck back then instead of demodding. Just purchased a new 17 Z06 as my first Corvette. Just waiting for check to clear so it can be released for transport. Haven't even test drive a C7 but am damn sure I want one :-)
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:35 PM   #25
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In the mid-50's, seeing them in commercials for The Dinah Shore television show.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:36 PM   #26
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1963.....with the Split Window.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:44 PM   #27
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I watched Speed Racer as a kid and loved the car. The C3s of the early 70s looked like the Mach5 to my 5 year old brain. Been hooked ever since. 2 C7s, 2014 and 2017 GS.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:59 PM   #28
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I was probably about 10 or 11. I was into cars at a very early age but I didn't really love the Corvette until around the mid 70s. I can remember telling my friends I'd own one, one day. I was right.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:44 PM   #29
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1993 when I could afford a Sports Car and was hooked on the 1993 40Th ANN. Ruby Red Coupe! I purchased one that year my first that I kept for nine years.


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Old 08-13-2017, 01:26 AM   #30
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About a week ago when I bought mine! I grew up around them, even drove a few, but never considered one until I drove a C7. "There are many like it but this one is mine!"
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:29 AM   #31
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About 2004 when I had to drive a triple black '99 'vert automatic about 287 kms from Edmonton to Calgary.

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Old 08-13-2017, 01:57 AM   #32
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If memory serves, the first General Motors MotoRama at the New York Colesium was staged in 1953. I was eight years old and accompanied my father to the show. I have loved Corvettes since that first 1953 with its chrome caged headlights!

To date I've owned more than a dozen from a '56 black convertible to my 2014 black convertible. I've owned many other muscle cars and exotics over the years but always came back to a Corvette!

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Old 08-13-2017, 05:55 AM   #33
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As a young teenager in the 80s, I was more into Porsches at first, I badly wanted a 944 when they came out! But that shifted around 1986 when a guy at work let me drive his 78 Corvette. It wasn't in the greatest shape, but it had a 4 speed manual and it was like nothing I had ever driven before. The seed was planted in my head and I had to have a Corvette someday! I ended up ordering a brand new 88 Dodge Shadow ES Turbo though, a lot more practical for Toronto winters. I had that for 3 years and then got a used 87 Mustang GT but a short time after that I saw an ad for a custom pearl white 84 Corvette with a skirt package on it, from Florida. The owner was willing to do a deal for my Mustang plus $5000. Unfortunately that C4 was a nightmare! It needed far too many repairs to keep it running so I had to sell it and ended up with another 87 Mustang GT. I then went through owning a new 95 Trans Am, a new 98 Firebird Formula, a 97 Grand Prix GTP and a 95 Firebird Formula over the course of the next 13 years before I finally got back into a Corvette again in 2004 with a black 98 C5. I had that for 9 years and then traded it for my C6. I will never be without a Corvette now, I'm in the process of ordering a Torch Red 2018. I have always wanted to factory order a new one exactly to my specs and my dream is becoming a reality
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1979, friend at that time takes me to his dad's house were we indulge in some typical 70's fun. Then proceeds to say that a ride in his step dads car might be fun. Pulls out a 1974 big block vette, hooked after that ride. Then in 1992 was asked to pick up a car at an auction to deliver to a used car lot, it was a all white 1988 anniversary model. Started buying corvette books after that. Fast forward to 2014 and I was finally able to realize my dream of owning one, 2004 LeMans Blue edition coupe. Now in a 2017 Stingray.

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Old 08-13-2017, 09:18 AM   #35
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In 1967 a friend of mine in college got a new vette and asked if I wanted to go for a ride down to the shore. I felt like a king in that car with the looks it got. Always wanted a vette but could not afford one till I got much older.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:36 AM   #36
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It was back in 1962 when I was 9 years old when I started watching the Route 66 TV series. The two young guys Buzz and Todd traveling the USA in Todd's new Corvette. I have been hooked since and bought my first Corvette in 1972 ('66 Convertible) when I was 18 years old. I am now on #37 ('18 Z06).

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Old 08-13-2017, 09:56 AM   #37
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1963.....with the Split Window.
Me too. Got one less than one year out of HS. Promptly got drafted and had to sell.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:12 AM   #38
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1957. A guy in my fraternity had one. Obviously a rich guy.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:47 AM   #39
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Once upon a time,many moons ago.Around 1967 while cycling in the neighborhood.I noticed my neighbor Glen S.Just purchased a Lil Red Corvette Vert mid year.He was cool,always had Rock and Roll blasting threw out the neighborhood from the garage.
He showed me how to vacuum the carpets and bang secound gear from the passenger seat.I had early Woodies then..
Smashed up my buddies 74 Vette.He took my custom van.I took the vette for a one nite swap.I cracked the fender when a POS Cut me off.
Purchased a C5 Around 2008.Sold that GQueen.Waited about 10yrs.For the C7 Purchase..I still get WOOD...Thanks to good plumbing..SO FAR
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:52 AM   #40
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By 1967 the government and vehicle safety advocates were raising concerns that automotive advertising, specifically the marketing of muscle cars by GM and other manufacturers, was promoting illegal and dangerous driving behavior.

Pontiac was on a roll with its Pontiac GTO advertising with its blend of performance imagery and tiger theme. However, GM management decreed that no division could produce ads that encouraged reckless driving. So how could Pontiac show off the performance of its GTO? They did it by creating the perfect implied ad. The ad looks harmless enough: two men sitting in a Verdoro Green 1968 Pontiac GTO in the crossover median of a road by some trees. The ad copy reads “The Great One by Pontiac. You know the rest of the story.” “The Great One” referred to the GTO but what was the “rest of the story?” The sign behind the car gave the answer. Woodward Avenue in Detroit was the place for street drag racing and was famous nationwide. Therefore, the knowledgeable reader realized that the two men were waiting for someone to race.
The government/vehicle safety advocates also played a part in Corvette design over the years as I understand the rear window center beam was only used in the "63 split window" as they felt it impeded driver's vision. The very popular "knock-off wheels were banned in the 67 and 69's ZL1 427 wasn't available with radio or heater in hopes cars would be more purchased for the track rather than for street use.

Seems from posts the "63" has played a substantial part in Corvette's long time popularity as I expect the C7 has and will in the future.

Good stories are being shared here, thank you!
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