Ever since I was in the 6th grade, I was always working at something, like my paper route, delivering flyers, and eventually working for the Coast to Coast Hardware Store downtown. I saved almost every dime I made thanks to my parents encouragement and the phrase "do you really need that", whenever I wanted to buy something. That being said, in 1960, my dad, who worked for the Chevrolet dealer, brought home a new 1960 corvette for the weekend. It was a demo, and we had a ball running around in it. Also, right around this time Route 66 TV show was on the air, and I watched it faithfully just to see the Corvette. I was hooked. So, the summer before my senior year in high school, which was 1961, I told my folks I wanted to order a new 1962 Corvette. They said their usual phrase "do you really need that", and I answered a big "YES".
I ordered a red 1962 Corvette with 300 hp, a 4 speed and only the hardtop since I couldn't afford both tops. I waited on pins and needles for what seemed like eternity, but was actually only a little more than a month. When I got it, I was like a kid in a candy store. You would think I would be cruising around everyday, but I had to work to pay for the gas, insurance, and the small loan I got from my parents to buy the car. Needless to say, I was the only one in my class of 200 who had a Corvette and even to this day, my classmates remember I had a Corvette.
As soon as I graduated from high school, I joined the Navy and decided it would be smart to sell my Corvette since I would be in the Navy for four years. That was one of the biggest regrets of my life. So, the day I got out of the Navy, I ordered a brand new 1967 Corvette with a 427cc, 390 hp, 4speed with hard top only. My heart was still with the 1962 Corvette even though the 1967 was an awesome car. Being not too smart, I sold the 1967 in 1969.
Fast forward to today, 2014, and last summer my wife and I started talking about trying to find my original 1962 Corvette that my dad sold for me to an Air Force Officer at Condon, OR, through a tip from Ray Schultens Ford Dealership. Needless to say, I didn't have a vin # or the name of the Officer who purchased the Corvette, so I couldn't find my original one. However, we went online to Auto Trader Classic Cars and found a similar one that was a red 1962 Corvette with the 300 hp and 4 speed, but this one had both tops. It looked great on the outside and the interior, but all the gauges, wiring, transmission, steering column play, suspension, clutch, etc., needed a lot of TLC. That is being done as I am writing this along with putting disc brakes on the front. We threw the bias-ply tires as far as we could throw them. Those tires are only good for show and not driving. I am again waiting on pins and needles to get my car back and have it in perfect shape, just like new.