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JULY 4th SPECIAL: Corvettes

Celebrate July 4th with a red, white and blue Corvette!Over their many years, American roads have been traversed by all sorts of unique and interesting motoring machines, hailing from all corners of the globe. While each has merit, this red, white and blue holiday we’re taking time to salute one of the longest in-production sportscars – one that continues to be manufactured in our Land of the Free for over sixty-years – the Chevrolet Corvette. First introduced in 1953 as a concept show car, over the next six generations the two-door quickly evolved from six-cylinder tourer to iconic V8 supercar.

For this 2012 Independence Day we’ve assembled a patriotic trio of ‘Vettes to celebrate and commemorate another year of cruising freedom.

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1969 Chevrolet Corvette, Al & Eric Pasternak

Eric and Al Pasternak own this red 1969 Corvette.

Eric and Al Pasternak

This 1969 Corvette was purchased in 1976 as a wedding anniversary present from Al Pasternak to his wife.

“When I asked her what she wanted, she quickly replied, ‘A Corvette!’ said Al.

Unafraid of winter weather, she enjoyed driving the red roadster year round for a full decade, even delivering their young son Eric to grade school. This red 1969 Corvette was restored as a tribute.

“When all three of us would go for a drive, Eric would sit on the console,’ recalls Al.

After a new Corvette joined the family’s fleet, the ’69 was rolled into storage where it remained for nearly thirty years. With Al’s wife passing in 2008, the father/son team decided a proper restoration would be a suitable tribute to the woman they loved. This red 1969 Corvette was restored as a tribute.

This would be a hands-on project – no difficult task for Eric, who is a professional automotive repair and bodywork man.

Between the angular front fenders lies the factory-bestowed 350ci V8, mated to the automatic transmission.

The guys made sure to leave the black interior alone, choosing to preserve it just as it was during all those school day drives.

“The best part is having all those special memories of mom,’ said Eric.

This red 1969 Corvette was restored as a tribute.This red 1969 Corvette was restored as a tribute.

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1989 Chevrolet Corvette, Tom Arvidson

Tom Arvidson is the president of the North Shore Corvette Club.

Tom Arvidson

Tom Arvidson’s 1989 Corvette was a bone-stock example when he purchased the Polo White convertible in Inverness, Illinois from the original owner.

This white 1989 Chevrolet Corvette has been modified.“Being that the ’89 wasn’t a special edition and looked very plain, I modified the car with classy yet subtle additions,’ said the Chevy enthusiast.

“There was no master plan for the upgrades but just from shopping at local swap meets and car shows, I found the additions that looked just right.”This white 1989 Chevrolet Corvette has been modified.

Adding flare to the simple design is a Greenwood body kit, complete with front and rear air dam, side skirts and deck-mounted spoiler. Fikse wheels cover up Wilwood disc brakes and simple red hood striping and driver side ‘Grand Sport’ hash marks complete the look.

“I was able to do everything myself and although it’s frustrating work confined to a one-car garage, the end result made it all worth it.”

While he may be partial to his custom Corvette, it’s safe to say he enjoys all ‘Vettes – Tom currently serves as the president of the North Shore Corvette Club.

This white 1989 Chevrolet Corvette has been modified.This white 1989 Chevrolet Corvette has been modified.

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1966 Chevrolet Corvette, Tim James

Tim James owns this blue 1966 Chevolet Corvette.

Tim James

After Tim James’ Nassau Blue 1966 Corvette left the St. Louis, MO factory, the road-going muscle ambassador was sent north of our nation’s borders.

This blue restored 1966 Chevrolet Corvette was sent to a dealer in Canada.“The car was delivered new on March 16,1966 to a Chevy dealer in Windsor, Ontario,’ said the Vette aficionado.

Tim has the original shipping invoice, which shows it was bought for a now-paltry $4,565.80. That amount procured an upgraded engine (the 327cThis blue restored 1966 Chevrolet Corvette was sent to a dealer in Canada.i V8’s output was boosted to 350 horsepower), a four-speed transmission and white-walled tires.

The bow-tie speedster cruised around the heavily forested backroads for nearly four decades before immigrating stateside in 2005 to a buyer in Iowa.

“The car is very straight and other than a repaint of the factory color, is all original.”

The odometer shows a gently used 71,000 miles although Tim does not hesitate to enjoy his drop-top out on the blacktop.

“I just love the factory side exhaust and the rumble it makes. Its so much fun to drive and given it doesn’t have power steering, you truly feel the road!”

This blue restored 1966 Chevrolet Corvette was sent to a dealer in Canada.This blue restored 1966 Chevrolet Corvette was sent to a dealer in Canada.

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Happy Fourth of July!

**All photos and content by Classic Recollections and may not be used without permission 2012 ©**

 

One response

  1. Reblogged this on Average Guy's Car Restoration, Mods and Racing and commented:
    Some beautiful cars here!!! Take a look.

    07/05/2012 at 10:50 AM

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