We are trying something new here at CorvetteBlogger thanks to a suggestion by our new contributor Alex Sommers. A question about Corvettes will be circulated to each of our writers and then posted with each of our opinions. You can then chime in with your answers in the comments section below.
What two Corvettes would you have in your ultimate Corvette Garage?
(Movie Trailer Voice): In a world where large car collections have been outlawed, (normal voice now if you want) you have unlimited funds available but you are limited by law to only two collector/performance cars. In this scenario, even with limitless capital, many of us would have to use our two legal parking spots on Corvettes. The history, the performance, the sound, and the everyday usability can’t be replaced. If you only get two enthusiast-oriented vehicles, Corvettes are a perfect choice. What two would you choose?
With only two available spots, I think I’d skip the collectors and go straight for the two Corvettes that I would enjoy the most. My ultimate hypothetical pair of ‘Vettes would have to start with an Inferno Orange 2011 Z06 Carbon. I need an LS7 (still the most powerful naturally aspirated Corvette engine) in my garage and this is the best way to get it, paired with other serious equipment for the best possible driving experience wrapped in a beautiful exterior.
I’m sticking with orange for the second slot too. The other Corvette I’d get would be a manual 2019 ZR1 ZTK with the Sebring Orange Design Package. It is the final front engine Corvette, the final Corvette with a manual transmission, and the ultimate expression of the car that we all love.
I am closely watching the C8 Z06 though. If the rumors of a high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 making about 600 HP come to fruition, I’d have to replace one of the orange cars with a C8Z in Rapid Blue.
I’d pick 1 older vette and 1 newer vette.
For the older car, I’m going with a 1957 airbox fuelie. With only 43 built, they’re rarer than an L88 or Z06 and tend to fly under the radar. When was the last time you saw one in person? I’ll take mine in triple black, please.
For the newer one, I have to go with a 2019 ZR1 in Corvette Racing Yellow with the ZTK package. Add in a red interior and chrome wheels and I’m good to go. The C7 ZR1 is the ultimate Corvette built to date. A proper send-off for the front-engine Corvette that we’ve known for 66 years.
My first thought was a 1967 L88 427/430, but then I wasn’t sure how practical that would be since I’m not that good with a clutch. So then I fell victim to the old “latest-greatest” philosophy, so my first choice would be a Sebring Orange 2019 ZR1 with the 3ZR Preferred Equipment Group, automatic transmission, and ZTK Track Performance Package. That would rank as the greatest of the front-engine Corvettes. Then I must admit, like everyone else, I’ve fallen in love with the new mid-engine Corvette, so I’d have to get a 2020 Torch Red Z51 coupe with the 3LT package, high wing spoiler, front end lift, two-tone Adrenaline Red interior, engine appearance package, black wheels, and well, just go ahead and check off every option on the list since money is no object in this dream world.
I must admit, however, that it would be hard to limit my choices to just two, so I’d try to slip some more in there somewhere during the middle of the night – like a silver 1963 split window coupe, the blue ’67 L88, a red 1989 coupe (my second new Corvette), and a couple of Pace Cars from 1978 and 1998.
My first thought was which Corvette I would want to pair with my dad’s 1966 Corvette Sting Ray that he bought new. After all, no other Corvette is as priceless as that car is to me. But since we are talking hypotheticals, I’ll pick my two favorites from the 66 years of Corvettes produced.
My first “ultimate” Corvette would be a 1988 C4 Corvette known as the Callaway Sledgehammer. That car ran a top speed of 254.76 mph with John Lingenfelter behind the wheel at the Transportation Research Center’s test track in Ohio. It’s one of the most well-known later model Corvettes and it made a huge impression on me in the formative days. Just thinking about it has me humming the Peter Gabriel song, “I want to be…your Sledgehammer!” The Callaway Sledgehammer has come up for sale a couple of times over the last few years and maybe it will once again!
As for my second “ultimate” Corvette, I have to go midyear but was initially torn between a 1963 Split Window Z06 or one of the 20 1967 L88s. While the numbers are definintely on the side of owning the L88, the iconic split-window coupe design rules all other choices moot. And since we are going with the ’63 Sting Ray, let’s make it “big tank” Z06 while we are at it.
So now that’s we’ve told you what our choices would be for the ultimate two-car Corvette garage, tell us which two Corvettes would be in your garage if you had an unlimited budget.
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