1981 Chevrolet Corvette
From a professional seller of Corvettes: ..... what separates the value of one Corvette from another? FIRST .........., don't be fooled by low mileage Vettes. Unless the low mileage is a result of starting over per a complete frame off restoration (like mine), then you are buying a Vette that has been sitting on: old decaying rubber mounts, flattened bushings and bearings, and varnish build-up in carbs and other lines for most of the time since it was built. You will likely end-up with very expensive repairs and break downs while you are on the road, along with leaving your Vette in the shop for often long periods of time. The many complicated systems, including replacing the fuel tank, are going to be passed onto you by the seller. Believe me, I have learned from experiencing what I am talking about. SECOND ....... there is the paint. The Vette can have a cheap paint job that is not slick and when seen in person versus those shinny photos, can make you sick at your stomach when it arrives at your place of pick up. Actually seeing it after it is bought and the shipping is paid for is definitely not the time to find out you have bought what you thought was a beautiful Vette, and instead it is an ugly duckling. Don't let this happen to you. Mine has a perfect $10,000 paint job that is so shinny it could almost glow in the dark. Just beautiful. . Proper paint jobs of Vettes need hundreds of hours sanding and resurfacing and will cost $10,000 (like mine) or much more. Think of all that paint labor at $100.00 an hour ... it gets very expensive to do it right. Don't get your Vette with a cheaper paint job full of unsightly flaws that can only be seen up close and personal. The reason Vettes cost so much to paint correctly is they are made of fiberglass, not steel. Fiberglass is a soft material that sanding can cause minute valleys/waves that can often only be seen when you look long ways down the sides. Only the best of the best painters can do the agonizingly long process to produce a proper Vette finish that stands the test of close inspection with absolutely zero blemishes. THIRD ....... ask yourself why would anyone be replacing or repairing a motor when the Vette has less than 50,000 miles? You see this with Vette sales all the time. The answer probably is the Vette has been driven as if on a constant drag strip, or the mileage stated is not correct? With a complete frame-off restoration (like mine) you are getting everything brand new, including, as with my sale, a new ZZ4 350 crate engine which. It has 355 plus horsepower and then you add cams, induction devices, or other parts you choose, to get even more power. However, I can absolutely assure the buyer of my Vette, 355 horsepower in a light weight Vette is powerful, whether at 0 to 30, 30-60, or full highway speeds of 60 plus. It does not skip a beat of acceleration any time. You can slightly accelerate at any time, at any speed, and it moves out with zero hesitation. FOURTH ....... Always demand to see the underside unless you have a complete frame-off restoration like mine. If you see bends or dents in the oil pan, beware, this Vette has likely severely bottomed out once, and maybe many times, from hard driving over bumps and into pits in the roads. Look at the rubber mounts; are they partially flattened or do they have bunches of cracks? Look for rust. You don't want to be the one paying to repair rusted parts of the Vette you purchase. Look at the paint on the pan, has it peeled, is it scratched, has it almost rusted off? And last, has this Vette spent its life in a state where the roads are salted each year due to snow and ice? If so, no matter what you are told about the Vette being garage kept, if the underside of a car in one of these states is rusty, you could be be buying serious and costly problems that you will end-up paying for, not the seller. FIFTH ....... I have described just some of the reasons to consider if you can possibly afford it, go with the fully frame-off restored Vette (like mine). You want to be comfortable when paying big money for one of these older Vettes, you are not the one stuck with big expenses to keep the Vette looking great and running great. When you pay the kind of money I am asking for my Vette, you expect not to be lied to, and to get the best of the best. Be assured, mine is the best of the best. Probably much nicer and in better condition than most of the Vettes selling for upward of $40,000 and more.