Sometime around 1999 or 2000 I had occasion to drive a C5 Vette and basically revised my opinion of the Marque on the spot. I was very impressed with the whole package, especially the handling and began to think about maybe sometime getting into the "Vette thing". That thought kept recurring off and on over the next several years like an intermittent itch until finally I began to seriously look at these cars around 2003 - which is when I discovered the 50th Anniversary model and fell in love. I thought (and still do) that the color/interior combination that GM had developed for that car was absolutely KILLER! That was when I decided that I had to have one.
So, I started my search for a 2003 50th Anniversary Vette. That search ended in July of '05, when I found a pristine 50th just fifty miles from home with only 6K miles on it. I couldn't wait to run down to Plymouth, Indiana to take a look. It didn't take me long to decide and make a deal to take it home. And here it is:
After I decided that I just had to have a 50th Anniversary model and before I found my car, I had spent a lot of time online looking for information about the C5. Guess what -- I discovered a company in my own home state of Michigan, of all places, that was building a very special Corvette. That company, of course was AAT and the car was the beautiful 1953 Commemorative Edition Corvette.
Well, I found out it had already been done -----
Well, that pretty much did it for me. After looking at Chaz's website and all the CE pics for about the 100th time, I contacted AAT and began a series of conversations with the "Steves". Later I had occasion to be over in the Detroit area and took an afternoon to visit the operation up at Rochester Hills and was very impressed with everything concerned. The folks there were first-class all the way and their operation was very professional and well organized. The cars matched my expectations totally and the price was within range. After that trip I made up my mind that there was definitely a CE in my future!
Finally, on November 10, 2006, we headed off to Rochester Hills after taking one last look at our beloved Corvette as it sat in the drive at our storage building:
After heading for California, we sat back and waited for progress.
Along the way Steve Jr. was nice enough to send along a few progress pics:
And --- there she is - and she is all ours!
So much for the beginning of our CE 143 story. Stay tuned for future adventures!