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First post here and looking for advice. Trading my Harley for my first vett (always wanted one) and looking at two totally different styles, so looking for info from someone who knows these cars. First
one is a 1976, owner frame off retro and rebuilt motor (350) wtih new tranny (auto) and rear end, car looks good and I would say it is 80-90% finished. Other is a 1995 auto convert that looks as if it just came off the showroom floor but has 90K miles. at my age I don't want to turn that many wrenches anymore, so question is, is the newer one, even with 90k, going to be more trouble free then the older one.
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:> :>>First post here and looking for advice.
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'so question is, is the newer one, even with 90k, going to be more trouble free then the older one.'
REPLY: It most likely will be less problematic than the older one even given the mileage . It will surely be more responsive than the '76 ; '76-80 were some of the slowest Corvettes in production . Providing the '95 has had proven regular maintenance, it is a far better purchase in my opinion -- the technology of latter C4's far outweigh the mid C3's . It will be some time before it starts to appreciate in value though, whereas the '76 should be increasing as we speak.
You should consider a good used C5 Corvette (starting in 1997) as the technology, reliability, and performance is better still. Plus, youre not talking much more money over the '95 ; ive seen decent C5's advertised for $20 k. and less in my locale (chicagoland). Check out www.CorvetteTrader.com and www.corvetteforum.com under the C5 for sale site listing.
Let us know what you get. Good luck, Dave.
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I made the decision to STOP playing with Motorcycles when I turned 50... should have done it at 45.... Anyhow like one of the other posters I am in my mid 60's BUT I own 64 72 & 98 Convertibles and 76 & 79 Coupes right now...
Right up front I will tell you my 4 sp, low optioned, L48 Corvette is my favorite Vette just to take out of the Garage and plain DRIVE... combines good looks, good ride, and enough power to satisfy this old man most of the time... Over all just a very enjoyable car to drive... I sold my 95 6 sp car only because it was BLACK just could not handle keeping it clean and honestly none of my Corvettes gets driven unless thye are clean .. The only down side of the 95 was that (like the other "older" guys aid it was an absolute bitch to get out of..)... However I felt much more comfortable and In Control in that car then I do in my C5 ... just did....
BTW 90K onthe clock is not a lot of miles...the engine was designed to go 300,000 miles beofre needing a rebuild...hate to tell you this but you may need a bank loan to buy tires for the C4 ...LOL
The prices of the C4's are still dropping and the 76 is just starting to climb my guess is that in less then 5 years the 76 will be worth more BUT the 76 will NEVER be as good a car as the 95 ..because it is not... Heck I bet you could buy both of them for 20-25 grand total and after 10 years you will have 2 cars still worth that price of more... Buy'em both... LOL
Bob G 64 72 & 98 Convertibles 76 & 79 Coupes...
On Tue, 9 Oct 2007 11:57:13 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Dave in Lake Villa) wrote:

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The C4/1995 is going to be more fun to drive in my estimation ; it will be faster, more reliable, and with better technology. You should be aware that you can get into a good used C5 generation Corvette (1997) for just a little more than a 1995 or 1996 ; and, the technology is better still, so is the acceleration, etc... 1997's in good shape are going for less than $20 k. in my locale which is northern illinois.
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Yipes! I just sold my Harley and I'm starting to look at vettes. Amazing!
I had the memorable experience of owning a '65 from 1970 until it was stolen and totalled in 1972. I never really got over it.
Anyway, as a now 60 year old I can say with conviction that the C4s and my back are incompatible. For some reason I can't get in and out without twisting something. You might want to spend a bit of time in that '95 and see if it fits.
Haven't tried on a C3, but I'd suggest that if you are near my age you might want to be sure your vette is comfortable for you. It would be a shame if getting in and out and driving turned out to be a painful experience.
The C5s fit me perfectly. That's the direction I'm taking.
Anyway, good luck! I'm right behind you.
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