1974 454 Corvette Coupe - Me & My Vette

Gary D. Shaffer Bedford, Pennsylvania 1974 454 Corvette Coupe

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On a whim I called a local car dealer whom bought and sold Corvettes. Since it was a bright sunny Saturday and we didn't have anything else to do, we thought we'd have some fun looking at them. The gentleman was very enthusiastic about Corvettes, and he enjoyed telling us about the antiques as well as the newer Corvettes he had available. I surprised myself when I agreed to test drive a '70 convertible. Even though the car was nice, it was not in the excellent condition that we desired. He had several other very fine antique Corvettes available, but each one cost more than we had planned to spend. The right car had not yet found us. However, it was revealed in our discussion while driving home that we were both captivated by Corvettes. Becky in particular held the view that the Corvette was a very special automobile.

Upon further inquiry, we discovered another Corvette dealer in a neighboring county who had an excellent reputation for selling and servicing quality Corvettes. Our first visit to his showroom resulted in our discovery of a beautiful '74 Medium Blue, 454 big-block coupe that was in excellent condition and in our price range. It took us over a week to be able to test drive the car because of inclement weather, since the dealer would not let it out into the elements. It gave us insight into the high regard he has for the vehicles he sells. This '74 Corvette found us and finally became ours. We also have the confidence that the dealer sold us a quality car, that parts are readily available for it, and that he will service it as needed. In addition we were able to purchase a supplemental extended warranty on the Vette. Buying it from an automobile dealer solved our uncertainties about the necessary paperwork that needed to be handled.

We were not like people that we've read about who have always wanted a Corvette, but we took a circuitous route to America's Sports Car and let Corvette find us. In my wildest dreams, I never thought we'd own a sports car, let alone one as nice as the Vette we have. Every time we take it for a spin, we enjoy it more and more. It is the only vehicle we've owned that we have washed and waxed twice in one week. We joined the Altoona Corvette Club and feel right at home with other Corvettes lovers.

At the first show we entered, our beautiful "head turner" took the second place trophy in the '71-76 Standard Production Class. We burst with pride when we heard many great comments about our car from people looking at it in the show. It takes me back to the days when we admired other people's cars at shows. I have come to the decision that there will always be at least one Corvette in the garage at our home for the rest of our driving days. We are looking forward to club activities, socializing with other car nuts, cruise-ins, car shows, fun runs, reading about Corvettes in VETTE Magazine, and just plain driving our Corvette around town as we get engrossed in our new and exciting hobby. Thank you Corvette for finding us!

Editor's Note: This series spotlights reader experiences with their own Corvettes, described in their own words. To be considered for publication, submit 20 vertical-format 50-100 ASA slides and your own typewritten Corvette experience in 500 words or less to: Me & My Vette, Vette Magazine, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870. Please send your submission on computer disk when possible. If we use your story, we'll pay you $75. Be sure to include your Social Security number.


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