Back in 1971, my grandfather was the General Manager and partner in a Chevrolet dealership in New Orleans and I was an 11 year-old boy that loved to visit him at work whenever I was allowed. I especially loved the new model year events back then; introducing the new cars at an invitation only wine and cheese evening gala in the showroom. Of course what 11 year-old wouldn't love the new Corvette! I remember sitting in the fine sports car dreaming of ownership and driving on the lake front of Lake Pontchatrain with the tops off. I could sit in a Corvette on the showroom floor for hours at a time with hands on the ateering wheel and making engine noises.
Flash forward 43 years later and I happened upon a 1971 Corvette the same gold color as I remembered as a kid at a friends house that was interested in selling. It was in "good" original condition with 35000 miles AND had the big 454 as I loved seeing on the hood as a kid. So, I bought it. Upon investigation later I found out that this car was originally sold new from my Grandfather's Chevrolet store! Was it the same as I sat in back in those days, I'll never know (the store long ago bought and moved to the suburbs) but the idea that it COULD BE fulfills this now 55 year-old boy's dream and plan to pass it on to my grandson who loves it dearly. : )