If you’re a serious Corvette enthusiast, go ahead and admit that you’ve dreamed of owning a Corvette from every year of production since Chevy started making them in 1953.
Well, here’s the next best thing.
Back in the late 1980s, a collection that included an example of every Corvette year up to that point was assembled for a VH1 contest in 1988 and eventually given away to a lucky carpenter from Long Island named Dennis Amodeo.
In 1989, a psychedelic pop artist named Peter Max bought the collection from Amodeo, with the intention to use them in an art project that was never realized. Instead, the 36 Corvettes were stored for decades in a grimy Manhattan garage until 2014.
That’s when Chris Mazzilli and two York City real estate families (the Hellers and the Spindlers) joined forces to buy the dust-covered Corvettes, and now their organization called Corvette Heroes is teaming up with the National Guard Educational Foundation to give away all of the cars later this summer.
About that dream of owning every model year Corvette? Well, that won’t happen as a result of Corvette Heroes since they plan to give away the cars … one at a time.
You can find out more details about the sweepstakes at corvetteheroes.com, where you can purchase one ticket for $3 or you can go all out and buy tickets in bulk, including 100 tickets for $100 or 7,200 tickets for $5,000. Proceeds will help charities that aid U.S. military veterans, including the National Guard Educational Foundation.
The Corvettes are not really particularly noteworthy examples, but they have been undergoing restoration over the past five years at Dream Car Restorations in Hicksville, N.Y.
You can find out more about “The Lost Corvettes,” as they have come to be known, on a History Channel special aptly named “The Lost Corvettes” on Sept. 21. Visit CorvetteHeroes.com for sweepstakes details.
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