I have to agree about the mid-70s Corvettes and the ability to do whatever you want to them without worrying about de-valuing the car. I have been involved with Corvettes and have owned them since 1971. Boy, oh, boy I’ve seen it all during that time. But I have to say the current market for valuable, vintage Corvettes would be too depressing for me to own one. They are snubbed by the “experts” if they aren’t the right colors, if they’re not the high-horsepower versions, if they’ve been repainted, if there isn’t a mountain of original paperwork with them and if they have a lot of miles plus many, many other factors I could think of. That has just taken all the fun out of those cars for me. Include in that the huge problem now with fake paperwork, counterfeit trim tags, re-stamped engines which look totally legitimate and you have the formula for a car that very few can truly enjoy. And I know they don’t want to drive them because, heaven forbid, that original engine might expire and their investment is in the can.
But now we have a new generation of cars which can put the FUN back into Corvettes. When I got into them in 1971, nobody worried about driving their car, piling miles on it or even if they blew their engine. And then somewhere along the line, that all changed to a group of cars that I would be totally afraid to buy due to all the fakery in them.
So, buy those mid-70s to early 80s Corvettes, drive the hell out of them, go places together with your friends, change engines without fear of de-valuing them and paint them whatever color you want. And most of all, HAVE FUN!