In the fall of 1974 GM announced that the '75 model year would be the last convertible Corvette for the C3s. From then on only coupes would be manufactured since the number of roadsters sold each year had steadily declined. Since my first love had always been convertibles, I got in touch with a friend in GM and he was able to get me one of the first roadsters produced. I didn't even know what color the car was going to be when I told him to get it for me and have it shipped to the local dealer. At this time I was living in Marietta, Georgia and the dealer was in Roswell, the next town over. When the dealer called and told me my car had been delivered, I rushed over to find a white car with black interior and a white hardtop (picture is my car). It was a fully optioned car with an auto transmission and it even had a rear window defroster. I don't think there were too many convertibles with that option and since they only produced 4609 convertibles during the 1975 model year, I always felt this was a special car--at least it always has been for me! This is the same car that Mike and I were working on that cold February night.
So, up to this point in time, we both had C1's, C2's and C3 Corvettes. During the 1980s we both took the plunge again and bought C4's. I had a 1984 red couple and Mike bought an '87 black couple (the picture shows both our cars in Mike's driveway). At the time, these were very impressive cars with digital dash gauges, the new body design, and much improved handling. We both had Z51 suspensions on the cars. Even though we bought the C4's we still kept the other Corvettes....by the end of the 80's we both had a C2, a C3 and the new C4s.
On this cold February night we were putting a new fuel pump on my 1975 Corvette roadster (see picture) which I owned since September of 1974 when the 1975 model year was first introduced. This car was the first 1975 convertible sold to the public for the '75 model year. Since my car has never been altered and it's all original, this is a Survivor in my opinion. One of these days I should drive it to the Bloomington Corvette Show and get it certified as a Survivor. But enough about the car. As we worked we discussed our favorite subject on all different levels.
Mike bought a 50th anniversary Corvette in 2003 (picture is Mike with his 50th) and the discussion turned to how exciting the trip had been to Bowling Green to pick-up the car at the National Corvette Museum. For most of an hour Mike described the journey through the plant tour and then onto the museum to take delivery of his new Vette. He described how it has snowed the night before he drove the car out of the museum and headed home. I could not imagine the thrill of driving a new Corvette out of the museum for the first time and then all the fun of driving back to Jersey.
About half way through the evening, with the fuel pump slowly being connected with all the correct hoses, we both joked that we should think about buying 2008's and picking them up in Bowling Green. At first we laughed and talked about how exciting it would be to do it together and all the fun things associated with this far out idea. As the night ended, we both laughed about buying new Vettes and parted with a handshake and bear hug and my many thanks to Mike for all his help. Even today, we are not sure who first mentioned the idea or who twisted whose arm, but the seed had been planted.
Would this be the end of the story??? No Way!!! This was just the beginning...