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August 6, 2012

Own a Vette without taking out a second mortgage.

by Paul Daniel
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even though I have this, what some of my friends call a sickness in my love for AMC cars, I love others too like Corvettes. If I were to win the PowerBall, a big one, a Corvette would be on my list of collector cars to buy. This car defines the word “cool”. Heck it was so cool in the 70’s that astronauts were given these. At the Johnson Space Center, the lot was filled with them. Which one do I like best? Well I like them all but if I had to choose just one, bummer, I would go for a 63. I love the split rear window of the coupe but also love the convertible. Again, like promo cars, the price of the real deal will depend on its conditions and options. Entry level for a drivable one can be around $30-$40 grand but if you would want a showroom quality one, just like it came off the factory line in St. Louis where it was first built, be ready to spend into six figures! Well I not sure about you but I have several mouths to feed, a mortgage and a car loan on my 2008 Chrysler Pacifica. Boy I wish they still made that. Sorry, editorial comment.

So for the wishers and wanters, here’s a more affordable solution, a promo model. They made these when the car was first introduced in 1953 to its current year. You can get ahold of one of these for not six figures but rather three and many times less than that.

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Photo courtesy: Wheat’s Nostalgia

Here’s a 1958 Corvette promotional model car listed on Wheat’s Nostalgia for $350 and I also found a ’63 for $300.

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Photo courtesy: Wheat’s Nostalgia

A check around eBay and I saw ones can from the 80’s to present for under ten bucks! That’s not a bad deal for an american icon. Granted, you can’t take one of these out for a drive and have guys like me start drooling, my wife immediately grabs the wheel when I’m driving since after seeing one of these gems, I have no longer and interest in the road. Or, if you see a car getting dangerously close to your baby and a guy with drool all over his face, that would be me. Don’t worry, you’re safe because my wife sees this all coming ahead of time.


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