Thanks, all, for the suggested buys. I was looking at '66 or '67 and finally found a rare bird–a true (by new NCRS standards, anyway, survivor '66). It is VERY EXPENSIVE for me personally, but much, much less than anything out there being advertised. I have come to the conclusion that many ads for the 6-figure cars are just feelers from guys who have a couple hundred thou sitting in the garage and would dump the car for the right amount of cash, but no rush. That’s OK with me, but a strange way to collect cars, I guess.
On the other side, there are thousands of C1 and C2 Corvettes out there that are driven, used, enjoyed, and are what these CARS should be. They were not meant to be museum cars, but whatever. The NCRS evidently has HUGE sway over the marketplace for some reason. It is nice to have a 100-pt car–I had one once (Buick)–but it is very little fun other than 3 x/year at a show that you spend a month getting the car ready for. As a hobby, that is fine, but I can only afford to own one of these cars, so I plan to insure and drive mine and enjoy it as much as possible. I got the small block–not a “real” Corvette to many–but a big block is impractical to the max for driving around today…too front heavy, to temperamental. The 327–what parts do you need and how many?
Thanks to the guys who offered me C3 and up cars; I bought a '71 new in '71 and liked it. Back then, I traded every year like a dummy, so I only remember the heat at my feet from that car–we did not wear shoes a lot when we were silly kids. Today, there are many fixes for that issue, but I wanted a C2 and was lucky enough to find one. Now, all I have to do is pay for it!