I am always amazed by the number of old Corvettes that have documentation or
the insistence of buyers for the documentation. Not that documentation
should be discounted or ignored, but the number having real documentation
versus those having documentation that probably isn't the same age of the
car is a real problem.
Back when many of these cars were build, bought, and sold, they were simply
cars. So they were traded in on the next new Corvette or the new family
station wagon since single Guy who bought the Corvette was now Dad with the
The first thing done in most, if not all, dealerships was to sterilize the
car - remove all traces of the previous owners. This protected the selling
dealer from the issue of having the buyer find out the car had been driven
hard, put up wet, as many were. This means all paperwork that many owners
store in the glove box or in a neat box of removed owners papers like window
stickers, were circular filed with haste. Sure, you found out the previous
owner when you signed the title, but often, they only showed you the back
where to sign and not the front where the owner info was. And by then, the
sale was a done deal.
When Corvettes were more than a couple of years old, many name dealers (the
Chevy, Ford, Buick, Dodge, etc. dealer) would either auction them off or
turn to a few small private lots who would take their un-prime stock off
their hands. Corvettes were a problem for name dealers, as they had to back
them with a warranty. The As-Is sheets on the windows are a new thing, not
something from the '50s and '60s. The OK dealership prided themselves with
reliable great used cars, and stood behind them. A Corvette could be a
horror. Sell a used Corvette for $500 profit, then spend $500 rebuilding an
engine, $200 rebuilding a transmission, $100 rebuilding a rear end, and so
on, because the car had left maybe 20 stop signs in its life without leaving
a 50 foot patch of tires behind.
Honest Joe's, Slim's Used Cars, Main St. Auto, and so on also made sure you
couldn't go find the previous owner. Anything in the way of paperwork hit
the trash before the car ever hit the front of the lot. This way they were
all owned by "a little old lady who only drove to church on Sunday."
About the only cars to not suffer this were those sold privately. And even
then, not everyone owning a Corvette was in tune with saving scraps of paper
for everything about it. To most doctors, lawyers, Navy pilots, and so on,
they were either a prestigious car or a fast car and no one thought "I'd
better save this paperwork because in 2007, it will really make a difference
But today, almost any Corvette that is close to stock, has paperwork.
Did you wonder how that happened?
On Sun, 4 Nov 2007 22:32:39 -0500, "Tom in Missouri"
Just a thought, my 2000 SS Camaro Convertible is a 'company car', and
I have 8 years of meticulous records on it. Not really so much on
purpose, but I do still have the window sticker and GM brochure.
I get your point about how that stuff would be thrown out buy the
dealer, but if I sold my car today I'd have a complete record for it.
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Many very well might care!
I have full documentation on my '94 Ragtop. Receipts on every penny that
has been spent on it.
And when I resell I can backup everything I say has been done and
replaced on it. And what
parts and pieces were used................
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