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The 'Glass Menagerie - December 2013

Jan 24, 2014
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Fun (Early) '81


Who: Sam Lavanty 
Where: Poland, OH 
What: 1981 C3

After searching for a low-mileage C3 following my early retirement, I purchased this numbers-matching '81 in 2009.

It has an L81 350 (the only Corvette engine in 1981) with a mild cam, Hooker headers, a Holley carb, and a Turbo-350 trans. The color is Code 84 Metallic Gray (only used at St Louis) over a Silver leather interior. The car now has just over 54,000 miles on it.

I've replaced the seats and floor mats, brakes, belts, hoses, water pump, shocks, and tires, along with a transmission seal and some suspension parts. Other updates include buffing most of the paint to a nice glossy finish, polishing the wheels, detailing the engine compartment, and cleaning and painting the frame and suspension. I plan to repaint the exterior, but even now it draws attention and compliments during our May-October cruise season.

The car is a work-in-progress that I've enjoyed along with my 12-year-old grandson, Michael, who loves working on it and cruising with me on nice summer days.

Michael and I look forward to reading VETTE each month—and he looks forward to someday owning this Corvette.

Pop-Pop's Pride


Who: Pat Geary 
Where: Bristol, PA 
What: 1999 C5 coupe 

I went to a car-and-motorcycle show in Glenside, Pennsylvania, three years ago to look at the bikes, but I found there were more beautiful Vettes there. I told my biker buddies that I had to get one.

So, I did my homework, and six months later, I drove home this beautiful, one-owner, Torch Red C5. It's now nearing 100,000 miles—it had 79,000 when I purchased it—and running as strong as ever.

I've added chrome Z06 wheels, a twin-flow intake, and many interior mods.

The car ran flawlessly last summer when I took a trip to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green via the Blue Ridge Parkway, to watch the last of the C6 generation being built. I have never had so much enjoyment in driving a car.

By the way, Christopher, my six-year-old grandson, loves riding shotgun with his Pop-Pop!



Who: Tom Gladfelter 
Where: Graham, NC 
What: 2006 C6 convertible 

I'm sending you some pictures of my Monterey Red '06 Corvette convertible, which is equipped with the Z51 Performance Package and 3LT Preferred Equipment Group. I got it over Labor Day weekend in 2010, at which time it had only 13,000 miles.

It's my third Vette, after a '76 and an '04.

I've added updates like a chrome grille, a K&N air intake, a Corsa exhaust, chrome on the engine, plus some interior items. The license plate reads LUVOURC6.

I'm a proud member of the Triad Corvette Club in Kernersville, North Carolina.

Steel Gray Shark


Who: Mike Kelley 
Where: Akron, OH 
What: 1972 C3 coupe

I purchased my '72 Steel Cities Gray Stingray coupe in October of 1971, from Jack Sommer Chevrolet in Wadsworth, Ohio. The paint is original, as are the standard 350 engine and M-22 Rock Crusher four-speed. The car currently shows 51,100 miles.

Over the years, I've added upgrades such as a stainless-steel exhaust and brakes. In 2005 I replaced all the hoses, clamps, and plug wires, as well as the master cylinder, power-steering pump, vacuum actuators (for the headlights and windshield wipers), and clutch. I also upgraded the stabilizer bars.

The car is only driven during the spring and summer months, so it's as nice as can be for an original '72. It's won several trophies in local shows and is a pleasure to drive on bright, sunny days. I hope to enjoy it for many more years to come.

Tale of the C4 on "The Tail"


Who: Doug Oaks 
Where: Vandalia, OH 
What: 1996 C4 coupe 

While I love my '67 convertible, and I loved my '95, I jumped at the chance to buy my friend's '96 LT4 in 2006. It had just 13,000 miles on it and was as mint as a used car could be.

We sold the '95 and have since used the '96 for both show and travel. It has gone from the Copper Country of Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Atlanta, and from Carlisle to Chicago and central Illinois. It is a wonderful car to travel in, it gets 30 mpg (if I keep my foot out of it), and I believe Torch Red is the ultimate in Corvette colors. The C4 styling is definitely my favorite of all the generations.

The car is shown here on the famous Dragon's Tail in North Carolina.

Will I trade up for a newer car? Probably not in this lifetime. Photo by US129 Photos

Not "If"—When!


Who: Bruce Gordon 
Where: Center Valley, PA 
What: 1981 C3, 2006 C6 coupe 

While in high school, I commented to a friend that if I ever owned a Corvette, I wasn't sure whether I'd want a C2 or a new (at the time) C3. He immediately responded, "What do you mean if?" and I knew he was right.

I waited patiently and bought my first Vette, a rebuilt four-speed C3, after I had already purchased a house and started a family. I brought the car back to like-new condition over a period of 12 years, overhauling one major item per year to spread out the cost.

I was content with that car until the C6 was introduced. The overall package of styling and engineering was irresistible, so I took the plunge and special-ordered an '06 coupe from Kerbeck.

I love to take my family out for rides in both Vettes. After all, you get to drive them more that way, right?

Save the wave!

Father-and-Son Z06


Who: Pat Weinheimer Sr. and Paul Weinheimer 
Where: Amarillo, TX 
What: 2004 C5 Z06 

My father and I became Corvette owners at the same time, after admiring the engineering and styling of the marque for years. My future father-in-law shared the same passion, and he discovered this Millennium Yellow beauty in New Mexico.

I called my father and said, "Hey, there's a yellow Vette with your name on it." Shortly after our conversation, we went "halves" on this 405hp machine. I was granted the fabulous honor of speeding away from my wedding in our Corvette, making a special moment even more memorable. (And no, I did not grant permission to put shaving cream on it!)

We are very proud to own a piece of this American heritage, "America's Only True Sports Car!" Thank you, VETTE! We really enjoy your exclusive Corvette publication. vette

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