Such excellent advice from Mr. Leno and the other commentors. I have gone the same route as most of the others–the 100-point car sitting in the garage to be detailed and driven to a show 2 times a year once it is completed. The insurance is not expensive, the space in the garage is there, and the great car brings you many comments and much happiness…well, until you can’t get THAT BOLT out and you skin your knuckles, but that’s all part of the deal. Now that I am old, I wanted a Corvette to drive around but found out that this is not possible. Owners want HUGE money for them–one was $3 million dollars! The run-of-the-mill “drivers” are $80-$100K each and there are THOUSANDS for sale every day–supply-demand rules DO NOT apply to Corvettes, so get used to it!
I went to a local museum where the owner is a Corvette fan. He has ROWS AND ROWS of beautiful Corvettes–must be over 50 of them or more. I was wondering who drives them, etc. Yes, he has full time help keeping them happy, but he has hundreds of other muscle cars from all years. Admission is only a few dollars, so I assume he uses his own money to keep things going. Now that he is older, I was also wondering what would become of the cars and the museum once he is gone. To me, it is a shame that 50+ beautiful Corvettes, not to mention the hundreds of other cars in his and other museums across the world, sit around all the time. Sure, it is great to be able to pay a few dollars and see them all–it is a true experience for any car person, but I am at the age where I just want one to DRIVE around. Of course, the Corvettes in this museum are way too expensive for me to own, but there are people like Jay who would love to own and drive them. It is a real dilemma…great to be able to see them but if they were not parked in a big building we might see them driving around, right? Another hobby conundrum, I guess, but I agree with the other posters…have a plan for your car(s) when you are gone. (I am open to taking a C2 or C3 off your hands if you just HAVE to get rid of it!)