Thursday, February 24, 2005

Ad that started it all (Part 2)

...I had traveled to the dealership in Springfield to check out a red 1972 Corvette, but I realized soon after looking at the car that it wasn't quite right for me. While there, I came upon another car. As soon as I laid eyes upon it, I knew it was the one. I didn't even ask to drive it, I just went home to get the financing together. Maybe I should have - I might have chosen differently...I missed one minor detail. The car was an automatic, right?

When I arrived home, I logged on to the dealer's website and scanned the ad.

I knew it at first sight

1979 Corvette T-Top Coupe, #5294 - Red with Excellent Red Leather Interior. Numbers matching 350 with 4 Speed Transmission. Options include Power Steering, Power Brakes, AM/FM Cassette, Rear Defrost, Stainless Steel Brake Calipers, and Aluminum Rally Wheels with White Letter Radials. Super body, paint and interior on a totally left alone little coupe. Lots of car for only $12,900

There was the problem - I'd never learned how to drive a stick. Lucky for me, I managed to get it down rather quickly. That's another story.

The ad that started it all

1972 Corvette Convertible, #5293 - Mille Miglia Red with Black Interior and White Soft Top. 350 with Automatic Transmission, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Leather Interior, SS Brake Calipers, AM/FM Radio, Tinted Glass and Rally Wheels with White Letter Radials. Neat summer driver with just the right helping of attitude courtesy of a well done mild flare job and Hooker side exhaust. Runs and drives great. $18,900

Check out the pipes...

Chrome inside, too...

Customized and ready...

This was the ad that convinced me to travel to Springfield and purchase another 'Vette after selling my '85 nearly three years before. I saw this car and this ad and decided it was the perfect car for me. Sure, it was older - it may have needed some work and might have been out of my budget - but it would be worth it, right?

When I saw the car in person, I managed to follow the first rule of Corvette shopping; never buy a Corvette that's almost perfect, because the difference between almost perfect and perfect can be equal to the total cost of the car all over again.

However, while I was looking at the car that afternoon, another 'Vette on the lot caught my eye...

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Spring is getting closer

It's getting closer, but it's not here yet.

It's been way too long since we've had a day suitable for washing and waxing the 'Vette. In fact, I haven't even driven the car for quite some time now. It's just sitting, lurking in the garage, waiting for its time to awaken.

Soon, it'll look like this outside again. I can hardly wait...maybe we'll catch a day or two of good weather in the coming weeks.

Is it spring yet?

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Sunny day

...sweeping the...clouds away...

Okay, really embarrassed that I remembered that song after all those years.

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor...

There I go again. News as of late - we have a new neighbor (who I have not met yet) and it's the perfect day to go outside and wash the 'Vette, finally!

So, by the end of today, I may have completed both tasks! Update when I do (not that anyone reads this but me).