Saturday, July 19, 2008

If I had gotten that Corvette

Praise the Lord for high insurance!

When I was 17 I had saved enough money working full time at Walker Drug Co. to buy a 1974 silver Corvette Stingray from Eastlake Auto Sales in B'ham. AL. It had a hard top and a rag top! Perfect! I had cash money to buy it with no payments - then I called the insurance agent to sign up - I will never forget that conversation, "Son, you cannot afford that car - but, but ... you are right sir, I can't afford that car!" The monthly payments for the insurance was astronomical for a 17 year old boy and a sports car that could fly!
I had wanted a corvette since a girlfriend taught me to drive a stick  on her brother's yellow corvette.
Thinking back now that I am over 50 - I still want a Corvette just like the one I saw so many years ago. They are harder to get into and especially get out of for an old man, the suspension is not a smooth as a cheap Honda - but "IT IS A CORVETTE!"
If I had gotten that idol of my youth then so many things would have been different. I would never have gone to college - the insurance payments would have had to be made .... would not have met Lynn, kids would look different ...
Last month my brother sold a wonderfully restored Corvette to pay for lawyers - what a shame and I never got to drive it.
God's providence - do you think there will sports cars in the cities of the New Heavens and Earth? Hope so! Notice below how much extra it was for a 454 cu. inch  270 HP upgrade.


*Custom Interior Trim19,959 (53.22%)$154
Optional Rear Axle Ratios1,219 (3.25%)$12
A31Power Windows23,940 (63.84%)$86
A85Custom Shoulder Belts (standard with coupe)618 (1.65%)$41
C07Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible)2,612 (6.96%)$267
C08Vinyl Covering (for auxiliary hardtop)367 (0.98%)$329
C50Rear Window Defroster9,322 (24.86%)$43
C60Air Conditioning29,497 (78.65%)$467
FE7Gymkhana Suspension1,905 (5.08%)$7
J50Power Brakes33,306 (88.81%)$49
L82350 cu. in. 250hp Engine6,690 (17.84%)$299
LS4454 cu. in. 270hp Engine3,494 (9.32%)$250
M214-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio3,494 (9.32%)n/a
M40Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission25,146 (67.05%)n/a
N37Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column27,700 (73.86%)$82
N41Power Steering35,944 (95.85%)$117
QRMWhite Stripe Steel Belted Tires, GR70x159,140 (24.37%)$32
QRZWhite Letter Steel Belted Tires, GR70x1524,102 (64.27%)$45
U05Dual Horns5,258 (14.02%)$4
U58AM-FM Radio, stereo19,581 (52.21%)$276
U69AM-FM Radio17,374 (46.33%)$173
UA1Heavy Duty Battery (standard with LS4)9,169 (24.45%)$15
UF1Map Light (on rearview mirror)16,101 (42.93%)$5
YF5California Emission Testn/a$20
Z07Off Road Suspension and Brake Package47 (0.13%)$400

Total Production: 37,502 
Coupe: 32,028 (85.40%)
Convertible: 5,474 (14.60%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 195 hp engine and wide ratio four speed manual transmission: $6,001.50.
Base Corvette Convertible with 350 cu. in. 195 hp engine and wide ratio four speed manual transmission: $5,765.00.

*Includes leather.

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