I still remember the first time I saw the new Chevrolet Corvette C6 (6 stands for “6th generation”: Corvettes have been made since 1953): Some guy was driving one on the freeway outside Chicago and I stared at it, trying to figure out what the hell that was; it looked exotic, like an Italian sportscar, and I could tell just by looking at it that it was fast. And expensive. I never thought I would be able to afford one, at least not any time soon I was still glad they existed.
Fast forward to 2 years later: the C6 had been out for a while, I was driving an older Corvette Z06 and thanks to depreciation and the fact that most people aren’t looking for a rear wheel drive sports car in the middle of winter, they were now more affordable than ever. Even while driving the best GM had to offer in 2003; the 50th Anniversary Z06, I still lusted after the C6; the much nicer interior, the HID projector headlights, the sleeker body, the nicer lines, larger brakes, better seats, higher top speed… But if I was going to do this, it had to be just right: I wouldn’t settle for just any C6.
I found my dream car on an Ebay auction. It was everything I wanted it to be: Black, low miles (9000 at the time), immaculate, and with all the options I wanted: 2LT for the 6 way adjustable power seats and side airbags, and the all important Z-51 Sport/Handling package, with its larger brake rotors, shorter gear ratios, stiffer shocks and springs, larger sway bars, grippier Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires and engine, transmission and power steering oil coolers. The previous owner even threw in a billet aluminum dead pedal, covering up the ugly factory plastic piece, and put a Z06 rear spoiler in place of the almost non existent factory one.
And, if I could sell my Z06, I might just be able to afford it.
I bought it on a Thursday sitting in my living room in Los Angeles, California, while browsing Ebay. Friday night I had arrived in Tampa Florida to inspect the car and take it away. I drove from Tampa to San Antonio on Saturday, then from San Antonio to Los Angeles on Sunday, just in time to get to work Monday.
2600 miles across the country, in two days. During that time I was able to make the following observations:
– This car is incredibly comfortable to drive for extended periods of time. After adjusting the 6 way power seats just the way I wanted I could sit there and just drive for hours and hours on end… It is perfect!
– High Intensity Discharge (HID) Projector headlights are amazing! The beam pattern is a perfect white rectangle right on the road and the high beams go on for miles. I feel as comfortable driving it at night, as I did during the day.
– When you drive a new Corvette, people want to see who is driving it. When your windows are tinted, they can’t 🙂
– This car is FAST. But not quite as fast as my Z06. I would fix that soon enough…