Mike R 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary 2dr Coupe

Back In The Family

It was 1977 and my dad had placed his ordered for a 1978 Silver Anniversary Corvette while living in upstate New York. He ordered it with all the options and the L-82 engine. A year later he took delivery of the car. I was 4 years old and it was the coolest car in the world. This was my first memory of a Corvette. My dad took very good care of the car but didn’t drive it much. A year later my dad sold the car to an acquaintance of his. It had less than 250 miles on it. The second owner lived in our hometown in NY. He had the car for 29 years and decided he had owned it long enough and traded it on a new car in Pennsylvania. The Corvette had just barely 2500 miles on it. The dealer that got the car put it on eBay. The third owner of the Corvette came from North Carolina to buy it. He later moved to Georgia and took the car with him. He owned it for 2 years and put approximately 3700 miles on the car before he would trade it and another car on a new Corvette. The 78 Corvette was now at a dealership in Atlanta and was posted on Auto Trader and eBay, once again. The fourth owner of the car came from south Florida for the purchase. He owned the car for 3 years and put 40 miles on it. He lost the car to his wife in a divorce and she sold it to an exclusive Corvette dealer in the area. Half a year went by and it was now 2014. I was on the phone one day with my dad, he in NY and me in Ohio, where I now live. We were talking about his old Corvette. The last he had heard anything about it was in 2010 when a potential buyer contacted him from the dealer in Atlanta for some history on the car. I asked if he had the VIN so I could search it on the internet and possibly see where the car went. A couple months later my dad told me over the phone that he had found the VIN. I immediately searched it on the internet but all I found was an expired listing where the car had been for sale a year earlier. The Corvette looked really good in the pictures. It was a letdown to know that the car had been for sale just a year ago and slipped by us. I figured the car was long gone now and we would never know anything more about it. Soon, I found myself looking at 78 Anniversary’s and Pace Car’s even though I wasn’t really in the market for anything as I had a 2005 Corvette of my own sitting in my garage. One week later I was on a website looking again and by accident come across my dad’s old Vette. It was for sale by the exclusive Corvette dealer in south FL and it had just 6400 original miles on it. I called and confirmed that it was indeed my dad’s car. I couldn’t sleep that night thinking about it. I didn’t want to part with my 05 Vette but I knew if I let my dad’s car get away I would regret it for the rest of my life. I put my 05 up for sale and sold it in a week. The following week I was in FL buying my dad’s 78 and a couple of days later it was delivered to my home in OH. My dad was in disbelief when I told him I had bought it. He came to OH this past weekend and was reunited with his old car. This was the first time he had seen it since he sold it nearly 35 years ago. And it was back in the family. I handed him the keys and we took it for a ride.

6 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Karen Cape Cod April 30, 2014 at 14:11
    That is a great story, and to think the car made a complete 360 from nearly 35 years ago.
  • 2
    Larry Caputo NY April 30, 2014 at 15:09
    What did you pay???
  • 3
    Paul D. Clarence, NY April 30, 2014 at 21:56
    What an amazingly wonderful story! Congratulations on the find that was meant to be. I bought a 1984, 20th Anniversary Mustang GT convertible (new) that had my name on a plaque on the dash. I've searched hopelessly on the Interweb with no luck...it's probably in a bone yard. Bought a '61 Falcon three-on-the-tree with 16,000 original documented miles on the OD. Never saw a snowflake. Ten bucks and she passed NY inspection. Like it a lot, but might sell it this summer. Again...AWESOME STORY! Thanks.
  • 4
    Charles Icard Charleston, sc April 30, 2014 at 12:56
    You are a fine son and should be proud of what you did. Enjoyed the story.
  • 5
    Barney Lakeland FL May 1, 2014 at 07:17
    Brought tears to my eyes!
  • 6
    Garry Cousino Bristol, VT May 6, 2014 at 15:01
    Great story! So glad the Corvette is back in the family!

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