I thought that it was the most beautiful car that had ever been built. I coveted this car. I dreamed about having one when I was old enough to drive legally.
Like most 13-year-olds, I found life had other roads for me to travel. Finishing my education, getting married, raising a family and starting a business, kept the Corvette on the back burner, but always in my dreams.
Over the years I missed several opportunities to pick up an early Vette and did buy a wreck of a '55 model in the early 80’s that turned out to be missing many parts that could not be located at that time. I sold it and continued the hunt. I had other “Toys” but didn’t feel fulfilled.
Then, in 2003, I read an article on the 53 Commemorative Editions, being built by the Pasteiners, and I called Steve and had a nice visit with him. He explained everything in detail and sent me a CD and some brochures. I then started my search for a suitable donor car but got waylaid by a heart problem in 2004. This lady in a blue dress and beige hat was very elusive.
I started the search again in 2006 and found a beautiful donor with low mileage at Corvette Palace in Austin which I bought in February of 2007.
I drove the car through the summer to make sure it was what I wanted. After making arrangements with Steve and Steven to do the work while I was traveling out of the country, my son and I delivered the car to Rochester Hills the week after Thanksgiving. It was returned to me by motor transport and I have been showing off to fans ever since.
I am a hero to young boys who are into cars, and have posed the car several times for impromptu “Photo Shoots” with cell phone cameras. I get a “Thumbs-up” from Corvettes, European Sports cars, Antique cars, Low Riders, Tricked Trucks and the general population. I have had people try to talk to me at stoplights and follow me to my next stop to ask questions. I have had marriage proposals from beautiful women and had a fellow in a Viper unabashedly drooling with envy. My 88-year-old Mom likes to go riding in it, but she likes me to drive by where her friends are dining so she can wave at them. My wife loves it and has even joined the Corvette Club with me.
Is it worth it?!!............... Well, Hell Yeah it is!!!!!