2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - The 'Glass Menagerie

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Topless Show
Butch and Donna Chaffer
Sparks, NV

'60 C1
'05 C6 Convertible

Here are our two Corvettes. The '05 is a museum-delivery Daytona Sunset Orange Z51 convertible with a Vararam cold-air intake, a Corsa Sport exhaust, a Breathless Performance shifter, and a DiabloSport Predator tune. We've made several cross-country trips with it (the National Corvette Museum always included) and have more planned.
We found our '60 Vette in 1993, in the form of an ex-drag car in need of a major overhaul. It now sports a Porsche Guards Red exterior, a ZZ4 engine, a Tremec five-speed, a 9-inch rear, front discs, and an aluminum radiator. It's lowered 3/4-inch in back and 11/2 inches in front. It's never trailered and has about 38,000 miles on it.
Both cars also do their share of track time, as all good Corvettes should.

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Black, Black, No Trade Back
Dan and Diane Silva
Oroville, CA

'09 C6 Coupe
When we bought our Corvette, which we call "Black Beauty," the dealer asked us if we were the types to drive it or leave it garaged. After reading this, you'll be able to tell for yourself. We took delivery in March 2009 and broke it in for the first 500-1,000 miles. Then we hit the road to start our trip to Route 66 and the National Corvette Museum. Then, it was on to Ohio, Virginia, Texas, the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, and to visit family and friends-a total of more than 7,000 miles in 24 days! We've had our Corvette for five months now and have more than 10,000 miles on it. (One of the more surprising things to happen on the trip was figuring out that our gas mileage was better than 27 mpg.) Black Beauty is mostly stock, with some dealer add-ons such as a tinted rear window, a mesh grille, and a Mild-2-Wild exhaust system. We're looking forward to ordering our next Black Beauty, hopefully a ZR1 with museum delivery.

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Drag Doll
Phil Erikson
Caldwell, ID

'69 C3 Convertible

This is a '69 four-speed convertible that I built up as an L88/Mako Shark II tribute. The one-piece tilt front end is strongly reminiscent of the Mako Shark II show car of the mid-'60s, while the 461ci big-block (with 553 hp and 575 lb-ft at the crank) echoes the rare L88 race monsters of 1967-1969. The drivetrain has been strengthened, and a DragVette six-link ties the independent rear suspension together. VB&P front and rear springs and shocks lower the car 11/4 inches, and its Boyd Coddington 17x8 Junk Yard Dogs are mounted on 255/50ZR17 Nitto tires. My best quarter-mile time in it is 12.75 at 114.5 mph on street tires, but it's a winner at car shows too: Last summer it came home with three trophies.

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Hard-Luck Hardtop
Mark Taub
Houston, TX

'70 C3 Coupe

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After I lost my perfect '74 to a fire, I bought a basket case, numbers-matching '70 coupe. It took a three-year frame-off restoration, but it turned out great. The original, low-compression 350 engine was yanked, then bored and stroked to 383 ci. An Edelbrock aluminum dual-plane intake manifold was ground and painted to look OEM; it's fed by a Holley 750-cfm carburetor. In addition, I have the MSD ignition hidden out of sight. Though the picture shows the engine with a custom ram-air system installed, I usually show my Vette with its original air-cleaner assembly, to maintain that 1970s vibe.

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