Who: Jason Fandre
Where: Plover, WI
What: ’69 C3 convertible
I found my ’69 advertised for sale in New Jersey, with a 350 crate engine and a Muncie four-speed in it. I did some research and found that it was originally a 427/390 hp car that also had factory A/C.
When I started the teardown, I found problems like a damaged right front upper A-arm, multiple cracks on the body, and three different colors of paint.
I performed a frame-off restoration over the next year and a half, relying on guidance from my father, Al Fandre, a longtime auto body technician. I also had lots of help from Krings Motor Sports in Arpin, Wisconsin (who built the 427 that’s in the car now), Les Upholstery (who did the interior), Tracy Performance (a great source for original parts), and my father, who sprayed on the House of Kolor Candy Brandywine paint.
After the build, my girlfriend and I took the Vette to the spot where we had our first date, and I asked her to marry me. It was the same place where my Dad asked my Mom to marry him—while driving his own ’69 Corvette!
Granite State C5
Who: Steve and Roni Childs
Where: Stratham, NH
What: ’99 C5 convertible
After years of searching, I found this sweet ’99 convertible for sale in Maine last spring. It had all I was looking for—Pewter Metallic paint over black leather, a six-speed, and only 41,000 miles—plus a stainless-steel Corsa exhaust system, a K&N cold-air intake, and drilled-and-slotted brake rotors with Z06-spec red brake calipers.
As I helped the seller remove the cover, I looked at my wife. We both smiled, realizing that this was it. After a quick testdrive and price negotiation, the car was ours—almost. It seems the seller had lost the title. Fifteen days after applying to the state for a copy, the Vette was in our garage.
The car was well cared for by its three previous owners, accumulating an average of only 3,000 miles a year. I put on Michelin Pilot Sport 2 rubber, which runs quiet and smooth and helps the car handle like it’s on a rail. It’s a 14-year-old hot rod that runs and feels like new.
Now our New Hampshire stable includes two American icons: Harley-Davidson and Corvette.
Who: Jack Ross
Where: Winter Haven, FL
What: ’59 C1
On a trip to Bloomington to find a Jewel Blue ’61 Vette, I stumbled across this ’59 Crown Sapphire car (one of only 888 ’59s painted that color). It stole my heart, and I have been its caretaker for more than 20 years.
The car is powered by the original 270hp, dual-quad 283 engine, which is as fresh as a newborn baby. I have installed a four-speed Muncie gearbox; however, the original Borg-Warner T-10 transmission is resting in my garage. It is also equipped with both tops.
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