After 50 years, a Michigan man is finally letting someone else take care of one of the loves of his life. Jim Liedel is selling the 1954 Corvette that’s he’s owned since 1962!
“I’m 68 years old,” Liedel tells the Monroe News. “I’m not a kid anymore. I’ve had my fun.”
He bought the car when he was just 19 years old, then boosted its power with a V8 that has traveled just 27,500 miles since. He also added a four-speed transmission to replace the two-speed automatic.
“Everybody in town knew me and knew that car,” he says. “We used to cruise from the Dixie Drive-In to the Park ‘N’ Snak. We’d wave to people 100 times driving up and down Monroe Street. It’s a gorgeous car.”
One of the few people ever to own a ’54 model, Lieldel says he’s lived “American Graffiti,” but time marches on and someone else will have the privilege to drive the car now.
In fact, he’s had calls about buying the car from people as far away as California, Florida, and Australia.
He’s priced it for just $39,000, noting that if the Corvette still had the original motor and was in mint condition, it would go for more than $100,000.
“It’s a very different and unique car, but I’ve been there, done that. I don’t drive it as much as I really should, and it’s just time for it to go,” he says.