I’ve owned 5 throughout the years- a rubber bumper C3, 2 steel bumper C3’s, a C5, and now a C2. None of mine have ever been “collectible”. The 77 was the only one I owned that still had it’s original engine when I bought it, and when I sold it… All the rest were NOM by the time I was done with them.
Whenever people tell me they are considering a Corvette for their first “optional” weekend car, I always try to stress the difference between a collectible car (where every rock chip becomes a value detractor), versus a “usable driver, that it going to hang onto its value” as an inflation hedge. In my opinion, the latter category is always going to provide the most enjoyment and satisfaction for the $$. Correct numbers, heavily documented mid-year and early C3 big block cars, early fuelie small block cars, 53’s, and the split window 63’s are always going to be the most collectible Corvettes from an investment perspective, but even the resale values on these cars ebb and flow with the tastes of the market. For me, it’s much more desirable to find a specific car that really grabs your fancy, runs well, drives smooth, straight and solid, and feels like a comfortable place to spend a few hours when you buckle into it… Then get out there and drive it, fearlessly.