Since he's had it, Kernya's '91 has been on the cover of at least one Australian car magazine (Unique Cars), and he's won class-champion trophies every time he's shown it at events in Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. He even scored a Best In Show with it at the '09 Darling Harbour Corvette Show.

What's it like to drive? "I love the instant response when I hit the throttle and, of course, that it is still easy to drive in traffic," says Kernya. "When I first got it, every time I drove it, or even thought of driving it, I got an automatic smile on my face." That "inner smile" continues, according to Kernya, after all the time he's owned it (some 10 years now), and after all the upgrades.

Does Kernya have any advice for potential Corvette owners anywhere in the world? "When you are looking for your car, it should reflect your personality," he says. "When you have made your choice, you will be welcomed into a circle of Corvette lovers, where you can share your story of how you got to get your pride and joy. Choose carefully, and don't keep putting it off."

Spec Sheet: '91 Coupe
OwnerLes Kernya; Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia
BlockStock L98 cast-iron
Displacement350 ci
Compression Ratio10:01
HeadsAluminum L98, ported and polished
ValvesStock L98 valves with dual valvesprings
CamshaftTPIS ZZ9 hydraulic roller
Rocker ArmsTPIS roller
PistonsStock L98 hypereutectic
CrankshaftStock L98 cast
RodsStock L98 cast
Intake ManifoldTPIS Big Mouth aluminum
Throttle BodyTPIS
Fuel InjectorsStock L98
Fuel PumpStock L98
IgnitionACCEL Super Coil electronic
Exhaust SystemTPIS headers, Sports Cats, and after-cat exhaust
Transmission700R4 with HD rebuild
Torque ConverterStock 700R4
DriveshaftStock
RHD ConversionCorvette Clinic; Bundorra, Victoria, Australia
SuspensionStock RPO FX3 Electronic Selective Ride and Handling Control, composite leaf springs
RearendStock Dana 36 with 3.70 gears
BrakesPBR Grand Sport four-wheel disc upgrade
WheelsStock '91 Corvette aluminum, 17x9.5 in (front/rear)
TiresBFGoodrich Comp TA, 275/40ZR17 (front/rear)
Fuel Octane98
Weight3,483 pounds with driver
Best E.T.13.2 second
Miles Driven MonthlyApproximately 200