- Posted June 27, 2013 by
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I love my Corvette
Our Corvette Story
Our love for Corvettes started before our love for each other. The year was 1965. We were teenagers going to different schools and living in different towns. The two things that we had in common were our age (16) and our admiration for the real “American sports car”- the 1965 Corvette. Of course at that time in our lives we could only dream of owning one of these fine machines.
We met at Stout State University in 1970 and our love continued for each other and Corvettes. When making our future plans we talked about some day having the car of our dreams. We married in 1973 and started to have children in 1977. As a Corvette is not a good family car, we had the usual family grocery-getter type car. Our passion still remained for Corvettes.
Finally after our two sons were grown, retirement provided our chance to purchase our American Dream. We bought the “Babe “August 5th. 2005 from Valley Corvettes in Appleton, Wisconsin... She was in show ready condition with only 33,110 miles on the odometer. We were the second family to own her.
The summer of 2006 we started to enter the “Babe” in the local car show circuit. While at the car shows, we met other Corvette owners from around the area and realized there wasn’t a Corvette club close by. The closest club was 56 miles away. The following summer we made plans to start a Corvette club in our area. On May 24th 2007, the “ Wisconsin Valley Corvette Club” had its first meeting at a picnic shelter at a local county park followed by a cruise. Only 7 attended but this was our start. We now have 22 active members, 16 semi-active members and 10 internet buddies. We have a lot of fun going to car shows, going on field trips, dinner cruises, and participating in our annual Road Rally. The club seems to grow a bit each year.
Some of the things that attracted us to the 1981 model and in particular this car were the low mileage, the color (red on red), the glass tops, spotless engine compartment, nice interior, original parts with matching numbers, and the String Ray body style. We also liked the fact that this car is known as a “First and Last car.” This model had many new features, such as Computer Command Control and also was the last year for many other features such as the 4 barrel carburetor. The 81s were the last Corvettes to roll off the assembly line in St. Louis, Missouri. The 1982 models would be manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky. There are many other firsts and lasts that can be seen on the attached sheets.
In April of 2012 our car was featured on the front cover of Old Cars magazine. A featured story was also written about our car entitled Spirit of St. Louis as it was one of the last models to be made in the St. Louis assembly plant.
We usually put between 1,000 to 1,500 miles on her every season. She is kept in a garage and is not driven in winter or in inclement weather. She has won a number of “Best in Class” trophies at car shows around Central Wisconsin and has also placed in our annual Fall Rally. We most enjoy cruising around the countryside with our club. As Lucy, my wife is part owner of our Vett we take turns driving her on cruises and events.
1981 CHEVY CORVETTE COUPE L-81
FIRST AND LAST CAR
- Delco’s “Computer Command Control “ unit.
- First composite rear leaf spring.
- First tubular stainless-steel exhaust manifolds.
- First lightweight magnesium valve covers.
- First composite single-spring.
- Six-way power driver seat.
- Integral electronic quartz clock in the Delco radio.
- Last car with a Carburetor (GM/Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel)
- Last year for the 4- speed manual and Turbo 350 automatic transmission.
- Last Corvettes to be made in the St. Louis Missouri Assembly Plant.
- Last Corvettes painted with acrylic lacquer.
- Fixed back window