Hagerty readers and Hagerty Drivers Club members share their cherished collector and enthusiast vehicles with us via our contact email, firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re showcasing some of our favorite stories among these submissions. To have your car featured, send complete photography and your story of ownership to the above email address.
Today’s featured rides are a set of Corvette siblings, if you will: a 2001 convertible and a 2019 coupe. The C5—this particular example wears Millennium Yellow—gets the credit for introducing the all-aluminum LS V-8 when it debuted for 1997 and for generally improving on the C4’s build quality and usability. The C7 now holds the title of the last front-engine Corvette generation and does so quite proudly. These seventh-generation cars are remarkably well sorted, and no matter which build you spec, from grand tourer to track monster, these Vettes can deliver.
This pair of Corvettes belongs to Bobby Coleman, who treasures these cars’ ability to trigger memories of the hot-rodding ’50s. He’ll alternate driving each one, to give each Vette its fair share of exercise, and he writes: “It makes youth return and hot rods important again … the car of my dreams was always, always the Corvette.” The nostalgia is one of many reasons to treasure classics—especially when their modern evolutions succeed like the C5 and the C7 have.