Joined Feb 12 2010
60 years old
I am a 57 year-old car fanatic. From pedal cars in the 50's; matchbox cars in the 60's; to an Oldsmobile Rallye 350 in the 70's. What incredible luck to be 17 years old in 1970 looking to buy your first car! Have owned 29 cars in my lifetime. New cars are purchased for their handling and styling, with the qualifier being a weight of 3,000 lbs. or less. Classic cars are selected for their styling. Old cars have included, '63, '64 and '65 Thunderbirds; another Rallye 350 (to re-live my high school days); and an '88 Honda Prelude with the incredible four-wheel steering option.
ABOUT THE CAR: This 327/300hp goldenwood yellow '65 is my first Corvette. It is a highly-optioned model with powerglide, air conditioning, power brakes, power steering, power windows, and a telescoping teakwood steering wheel. I have always admired the mid-year coupe's unique and inspired styling. It has become one of the most recognizable shapes in American automobile design.
This car was purchased from a surgeon in California in 2005 and I have been continually restoring and updating it ever since. I joined the NCRS and the car has received both Chapter and Regional Top Flight awards. I finished a complete a nut-and-bolt, frame-on restoration in July of 2010 and drove it straight to the NCRS National Convention last summer in Charlotte, NC where it scored 95% original and earned a National Top Flight Award. In April 2011 it earned an AACA National First Place at the Spring Regional in Charlotte, NC.
The car shows 54,000 original miles and I am its tenth owner. I have been able to document its complete owner history all the way back to the original owner who actually purchased the car for her Granddaughter as a high school graduation present. In October of 2011I drove (not trailered) the Corvette from Virginia to Illinois to meet five of the car's previous owners so they could see the restoration of the car first-hand.
CURRENTLY : Just completed an all-original 1988 Porsche 944 that I will be listing soon on Ebay. I am also restoring a '68 Cutlass S convertible and recently purchased a single-family-owned 1965 Buick Riviera with the one-year-only clam shell headlights. It is totally original and came with the bill of sale and the protect-o-plate. At some point in my life I would like to own a '68 AMC AMX, a '66 Dodge Charger, and a 1963 square-headlight Avanti. The people you meet working in the old-car hobby are some of the nicest people you will ever have the pleasure of knowing.