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Old 11-23-2018, 09:12 AM
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Default C7, an old man’s Sports Car?

I never really thought much about it prior to joining this forum a year or so ago but it does seem most every C7 I see on the road is driven by an older gray haired gentleman. But then there’s quite a few Porsche in my area and I can’t remember the last time I saw anyone other than a 60-ish male driving them either.

Perhaps it’s just a “sports car” thing rather than a C7 thing?

Sports car ownership makes sense as retirement age guys often have started collecting on “fat” pensions and retirement programs, have fewer responsibilities, with kids being out of the house and on their own, and of course they have more time to enjoy sports cars and “toys”?

Has GM ever reported official C7 purchase/ownership “average age” data? Or could the “old man ownership” thing just be urban myth?

It would be interesting to hear from some younger C7 owners (-50 years old) as to what your opinions are on the subject? Did the "old man's sports car" stigma negatively impact your decision whether to buy or not?

I’m 60+ but don’t feel like C7 ownership is a ‘gotten older thing’ with me as I’ve owned one practically ever since I was 17.

Seems like we see more females driving C7s these days as opposed to Corvettes in general, agree?

As always, thanks in advance for your views and opinions.

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Kind of true. Bought my first one at 50. Second one at 54. When I'm on the road I am one of the younger ones but not the youngest. What's cool is when I'm out in public I get a lot of positive comments from the older gents and I think that's pretty cool.
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Has GM ever reported official C7 purchase/ownership “average age” data? Or could the “old man ownership” thing just be urban myth?
I don't think they track that info. I was never asked my age when I ordered mine.
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Expensive sports cars clearly are for older guys in general, for all the reasons you stated. While my son would love to own my Z06 it's not financially possible nor desirable for him to spend that kind of money on a toy.
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You pretty much answered your own question. We "seasoned citizens" are the predominant market for the Corvette because we can now afford them. When you're younger, a little thing called "life" tends to get in the way - kids, college costs, mortgages, etc. While I'm sure GM would much prefer a younger buyer demographic, and the capabilities of the car are indeed world class, there isn't much GM can do to improve the financial position of a potential younger audience. It is what it is.
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Many people can’t afford them until then.
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Of course it's an older persons car, how many young people can afford a 60k plus toy car?
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Average Corvette owner age approached 60 but has recently declined a bit. If you factor in owners of classic years the average age likely increases significantly. The C7 has attracted some younger buyers and GM is hoping the C8 will attract more young buyers.
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I would also guess than most of the older people which buy them do not have a car loan.
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The next Corvette will be a mid engine because buyers with a $100G to spend are Gen X folks. They want Ferrari's or Lambo's but can't afford one. They don't want a Jan and Dean front engine rear drive car their Granddad pined for. Our C7 is my wife's DD. Back in the day, she lived next door to Dick Dale. So that tells you something. Even you might need to google him?

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Not an age thing, simply a money thing...

Oh, and one other small thing, it doesn't transport kids worth a darn! Ever try to put a car seat in one? LOL

Please, if anyone has figured out how to bolt one down in the cargo area, please let me know!

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I bought my first Corvette in 1991 at age 21, and even back then it was regarded as more of an old man's car, all of my friends were driving 5.0 Mustangs (and I had a 5.0 both before and after that C4)

I had a 13 year time period without a Corvette and then at age 34 I bought a C5. When I first started going to the Corvette events up here I did notice a lot of older (50+) owners, but I would say over the years I have noticed a large number of owners in their 20s and 30s joining the group, I think it's mainly because the used prices on C5s and C6s has come down so much, and those younger people didn't really warm up to the C4.

So far I've been talking about Corvette ownership in general and not the C7 though, so in that case the average age of C7 owners I see up here is definitely a bit older, but there are still a few guys here in their 30s and 40s with them too. I have never let that stigma alter my decision though, I have loved the Corvettes since I was 16 and I didn't care at all what other people's opinions were of them. As soon as I saw the C7 introduced to the public in early 2013 I knew I had to have one and I was lucky enough to get mine last December at the relatively young age of 48 FWIW, I have never had anyone around here accuse me of buying an old man's car, even my friends with other brands of sports cars.
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We are simply just reliving our childhood.The only difference is the size of the Toy's and the Updated,Fancy Box we store them in.
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Social stigma really has no place in my life. I could care less that “more seasoned” individuals drive Corvettes. In fact, I’m 42 and get along with older folks a lot more than people my age. Did it affect my decision to buy my first Vette? Not even a factor.

I had my children young. I was 21 when my first arrived and 24 when my youngest made her way into my life. My cars had to carry all 3 kids, so my Mustang 5.0 days were over once child #3 arrived. I still had an ASC 2-seater Mustang but it sat undriven. So from a more rational point of view, I’d have to say most people can’t justify the Vette until the kids are gown and gone. Or at least driving themselves around. At least that’s my excuse!

I also have a better job and more disposable income now. So in the end, it’s a combination of economic and sensibility factors.
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This is from an article I read the other day. It's from 2016. I was 51 when I bought mine.

"Studies show, the average Corvette owner is around 59 years of age. According to Experian, out of 32,000 recent registrations, over 40% of those people paid cash. Dang– only 56.9% financed."

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I think it is an age and money thing. Most in their 20's and 30's really can't afford to spend a lot of money on a single car that only seats two and let's face it, higher maintenance costs. It's just not practical.

I just turned 41 in Sept and I'm also a female. Interestingly, one of the first "negative" comments I got was from my brother-in-law saying something along the lines of me "trying to be 25 again." I laughed and said most 25 year Olds can't afford a car like this. I was was so surprised by that comment, there were a million things that came to my mind, but that's what came out.

It's only practical for me to have a C7 because we are at the point in our lives where we can afford multiple cars. Our daughter is 13, so we need vehicles that can haul more than 2 people. My Vette would not be possible without having other cars to use.

In my area, yes, they are all older gentlemen who drive C7's. I've even gotten some weird looks when I wave. Lol!
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I'm thinking most sports cars are bought by older people. I also don't think it's all about money either.

For me it was more about where I was in my life. Having a family a two seat sports car didn't make a heck of a lot of sense. I also was a contractor for 35 years and had work trucks my whole life so if I wanted a sports car I would have too many specialized vehicles. A sports car just didn't make sense when it came to raising a family and both my wife and I going to work everyday. Now that I'm retired I can daily drive my Vette and it makes a lot more sense for me.
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Go to a Corvette Cruise In and all you see is lawn chairs and old people sitting around in circles and the majority of owners just sit and guard their cars because this is one of the few times on a perfect summer day the car leaves the garage. When the next generation of owners inherit a Corvette the majority of them will sell it and buy something else because like you said it is an Old Mans Sports Car and to them its like driving a BUICK.
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most every C7 I see on the road is driven by an older gray haired white gentleman.
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I'm 30 years old and drive a C7Z.

- My insurance only went up $20 (Geico). I was advised that this is a low risk vehicle based on their statistics. Data says the typical owner is older and Caucasian.
- I used to drive an Infiniti G35 and BMW 335i. There were more owners in both those groups that were interested in modifying their cars. Yes, there are plenty of highly modified Vettes on this forum, but my local scene is completely opposite. And I live in San Diego. Most Vettes I see are bone stock. Or they have some minor aesthetic modifications at most.
- There is a local Corvette "club," but it's primarily...older Caucasian owners. But I can't find a bi-weekly or bi-monthly Vette specific GTG near me. The closest one is in Orange County. I think this has a lot to do with the age of the typical owner.
- I went to an Vette car show earlier this month. Again, it was like a sea of older Caucasian owners...all sitting in lawn chairs by their cars. Some using supplemental O2. Of the 15+ C7s I saw, not a single aftermarket exhaust. Not a single set of aftermarket wheels. A couple guys had dressed up engine bays, but that's it.

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