1962 Corvette Treasured for Four Decades by Owner Lost in Garage Fire


The good news is that no one was injured.

The bad news is that E.H. Martin’s beautiful 1962 Corvette was destroyed Wednesday night when the garage in which it was parked caught on fire.

Martin had owned the Corvette since 1970 and estimates he spent some $60,000 restoring and repairing the car during that time.

His bright red convertible was a common sight at area car shows around his hometown of Fortville, Ind.. In fact, he had just returned in the car after a cruise-in earlier in the evening, his grandson said.

By Thursday morning, the family was looking through the rubble, checking out the damage to their home in the 300 block of North Madison Street.

While the garage was a total loss, firefighters were able to contain the flames before they spread throughout the attached two-story house. Still, the home suffered heavy damage.

Sadly, in a photo on the Daily Reporter website, the Corvette appears to be a total loss, with most of the fiberglass and tires melted away and charred timbers resting atop it – a far cry from the shiny red car that’s also pictured before the fire.

Greenfield Daily Reporter
Photo Credit: Joe Hornaday/Daily Reporter

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