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My Corvette Ride

Canadian Corvette owner is in Absolute Heaven with his Restored 1957 Corvette

It was a long time coming, but Doug Penn of British Columbia finally has the 1957 Corvette of his dreams. If his two boys have anything to say about it, it’ll be the car of their dreams, too, for a long time.

Actually, Doug has owned the car since 1976, paying just $2,800 for the 427-powered vehicle back then. It served him well as a single man, and he even took his future wife, Doreen, on their first date in the car. It had been stored for 33 years, though.

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Car and Driver: Driven - Don Sherman's 1967 427 Corvette Convertible

A man’s love for his Corvette has perhaps never been told more poignantly and sincerely than in this video we found on Youtube.

Car and Driver Technical Editor Don Sherman recounts the story of the restoration of his Corvette, not in sterile technical terms, but in emotion-filled terms that only a fellow car lover can appreciate.

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Woman's Love Affair with a 1960 Corvette Spans 45 Years

An owner’s love affair with her Corvette never dies. Jill Struck’s relationship with her 1960 Corvette is proof of that.

Back in 1966, thanks to $100 in savings from a part-time job and a $1,000 bank loan, she was able to buy a 1960 Corvette in her neighborhood that she had been drooling over for years. After driving it throughout high school, she spruced up the car in 1968 with a custom paint job, new rims, and a new 327 fuel-injected motor.

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[VIDEO] European Vacation Corvette Style

by Keith Cornett on October 29, 2011

[VIDEO] European Vacation Corvette Style' Tribute

We received an email from a Corvette owner living in England this week who wanted to share his appreciation of Corvettes with those of us living in the States. Brian and his wife Angie joined two other couples for a European road trip through France, Germany and Switzerland. Some of prettiest scenery on Earth looks even better behind the wheel of a Corvette.

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My Corvette Ride: The Last 1969 L88 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on March 2, 2009

The Last 1969 L88 Corvette Roadster

This 1969 Corvette is well documented and best known for being the last L88 Convertible made. VIN # 36083 was special ordered by a dentist hailing out of El Cajon, CA. The Monza Red Corvette was built in November 1969, the second to last month of 1969 model year production, and was delivered to Guaranty Chevrolet in San Diego, California.

Since then this L88 Convertible has been well cared for, earning a Survivor award at Bloomington in 2006. In 2008, the Corvette returned to St. Charles as part of the Bloomington Gold “L88 Invasion” Special Collection and also participated in GM’s 100 year anniversary celebration.

The L88 was a special high performance engine built during 1967-1969. To ensure the racing engine only showed up in cars destined for the track, GM artificially downgraded the horsepower from an estimated 560 hp down to 430 hp, 5 hp less than the L71 427/435 engine, and deleted creature comforts like heaters and radios. During that three year run, only 216 examples would be produced with 116 coming during the final year of 1969.

Like most of the standard L88 cars, the last ’69 L88 Corvette roadster came equipped with the special front and rear suspension (F41), special heavy duty brakes (J56), transistor ignition (K66) and the heavy duty close ratio 4 speed transmission (M22). Other options included an auxiliary hard top, tilt/tele steering column, the UA6 alarm system and speed warning indicator.

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The Corvette has been detailed by Naber Brothers of Houston and MasterWorks in Detroit. Long time Corvette collector Tom Marcucci is the current owner.


My Corvette Ride

We are kicking off a new recurring feature called “My Corvette Ride” and we need to hear from you. Want to see your Corvette profiled on CorvetteBlogger.com? Send us the details of your Corvette and a quality photograph and we’ll contact you for more info if we decide to use it.

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