By Dan Pepper, Publisher, Corvettes.com –
Back in February, CorvetteBlogger.com featured a piece on a 1963 Corvette split window coupe that was spotted on Google’s Street View application. The Corvette clearly is worse for wear from sitting exposed to the elements over the years – it’s not even covered by a tarp, let alone comprehensive or liability auto insurance. For true vintage Corvette enthusiasts, this sight is akin to PETA members being forced to watch the latest harvest of baby harp seals. As you can see below, the car is most likely too far gone to save. Makes you wonder; why wasn’t this beauty saved decades earlier?
Like a bad dream, the vision of this classic crumbling back into the earth from whence it came continued to haunt me. That’s why when perusing a March, 1991 back issue of Vette Magazine, the photo featured in it’s “Finito” column looked eerily familiar. As you can see by the photo below, even though the the picture was taken almost 20 years ago, its the same car – only the degree of disintegration and junk stacked around it has changed.
Troubling as it may be, we can all rest assured that hundreds hopeful enthusiasts have tendered offers to purchase the car over preceding decades, and that every single one has been sent packing. Typically, the only way classic cars like this change hands is an estate sale or on the steps of the county courthouse.
To sum it up, pride of ownership means something different to each of us. Obviously, the owner of this car loves it too much to let anyone else have it. Sadly, from the looks of it, no one else ever will.