Seems like there's a lot of love here for this classic american roadster! I'm happy I brought it up. Going to see a couple more tomorrow.
My very first memory of a sports car was a 1969 corvette (427, 4spd... I didn't know that at the time). I was probably 9 or 10 (about 1983)
The story goes like this.....
Neighbor across the street had a party one night. Him and one of his friends decided they were going to go riding around the neighborhood on the minibikes he had bought. The neighbor's friend ended up wiping out and hit his head on a curb.....he died.
He had this corvette in his garage which was in the middle of an engine rebuild. His wife brought it to my Dad to finish off so she could sell it. I still remember begging my Dad to buy it.
Anyway... once he had the engine finished he took it out for a test cruise (or maybe 2
). All I remember is fishtailing, the sound and smell of spinning tires and speed. I've been hooked on cars ever since.
I would tend to go for the 80-82 vette as well. The older ones are nice, but if you're price conscious you'll be hard pressed to find a pre-72 car for cheap without it being a "project".
I also feel ya with the barrett-jackson fever. However, there's not much you can do when they own the car other than wait.