Thomas B 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Convertible

I Knew Then That I Had to Have One

It was the summer of 1966, my friends and I didn't have anything to do, so we thought that we would go out and test-drive some cars. At the time, I was driving a 1964 Buick Skylark 2-door Coupe with a 301 Cubic Inch V-8 (250 hp) equipped with a 4-speed transmission. It was a great little car.

We looked in the classified section of the Sunday newspaper, and I found a listing for a 1965 Corvette Coupe. We called the owner, and he said it was available for a test drive. I got his location and we headed out, driving my car. When we arrived, we found an almost new 1965 Chevrolet Corvette, it was bright yellow with black leather, it had the 365 hp - 327 cubic inch V-8, and a close-ration 4-speed, and it was BEAUTIFUL.

The owner was hesitant to let me drive it, being I was only 19 years old at the time, but I was persuasive enough for him to let me drive it. We took it out and drove around on city streets for a while, and needless to say, I drove very cautiously. After a little while, we got to the city limits, and some open roads. I guess my driving abilities satisfied him, and he told me to “step on it”. So I pressed a little harder on the accelerator and the car responded as you would imagine. Not sure how fast we were going; I wasn’t watching the speedometer, just the road. His next words were “No, I really mean step on it”, so I stepped even harder on the accelerator and the g’s pushed me back into the seat – never had a car with that much acceleration - what a thrill!

We drove back to the owner’s house, where I admitted that I had no intention of buying the car, but told him that someday I would own a Corvette. He responded by saying that he did the same thing when he was younger – with the same result. He now had to sell the car because his wife was pregnant.

It took me about three years; I purchased a new 1969 Corvette Convertible – Burgundy with black interior – 300 hp and a 4-speed. I drove it 36,000 miles in 16 months, and sold it when my wife was pregnant. I swore that I would get another one. It took me 34 years; I bought a used 1998 C5 in May of 2004, and traded it in on a new 2008 C7 in May 2008.

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