Don R 1975 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Coupe

A promise made 30 years ago is now a promise kept.

In our early years of marriage my Wife & I had 1972 Stingray. Living in California we had the tops off and the back window out virtually all the time. We ended up trading it for something larger for both work & travel. We got a 4-4-2 instead. In 1977 we moved to Indianapolis & as part of my job at a local TV station I was heavily involved in producing coverage of the Indy 500. That fall the 25th Anniversary Corvette, 1978, was selected as the Pace Car. We really wanted one & had gone as far as reserving one of 60 cars that were assigned to the 500 Festival Committee through a local Chevy Dealer. Then we found out we were going to have a daughter. The 'Vette became a Chevy 1/2 ton van instead.

Fast forward 7 years. We are now living in Juneau, Alaska & I saw a 1978, Silver Annivesary Corvette for sale. It had been in local storage for 6 years & had 12,000 miles on the clock. We bought it and enjoyed the heck out of it. With the proper tires it was great in the snow, as long it was not above the front air dam. My daughter loved the 'Vette & I promised it would be hers one day. She called it the Jet Car.

Fast forward another 4 years when we moved back to the Lower 48. My new organization would not pay to move the car from Alaska. We sold it & put the money into a developing growth fund for our daughter's college.

Last year I found an original, numbers matching 1975 Vette. I am now about 85% finished with the restoration. This one will go to my daughter, and her daughter too.

A promise made. A promise kept, though a little late.

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