Like other car buffs, I have a short list of cars I'd love to own but haven't been lucky enough to do so, at least not so far. But there are a few neat cars that I have had the privilege to park in my garage. The models on this page were inspired by those 'collector-class' vehicles dreamed about and/or actually owned
When I purchased that 1968 Firebird, I really wanted to own a Marlboro Maroon 1967 Corvette Coupe. I still have the brochure (left) that caused the stir! Well, I never bought the 'Vette but I still think the car is a classic. Since I likely won't ever own one, I built this 'show and go' drag race version from an 1963 AMT kit. I've conceived the model as a streetable drag car...one that "looks wilder than it is". It has a full interior, street exhaust and a license plate!
1971 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
The basic 427 engine is from the kit but the headers and wired distributor were bought on eBay, the wing is from a Wild Willie altered kit, and the wheels and tires are from AMT's Double Dragster kit. The interior roll bar, side exhaust and the wheelie bar were scratchbuilt. I included the prototype's black 'stinger stripe' on the hood and complimented it with a black hood scoop. The rear exhaust tips are 1/8" aluminum tubing. It would be the wildest ride at the A&W!
Since the production exhaust is molded into the underbody, the model was built as if these are still useable for street use via cutout valve. The headers are 'powdercoated' white.
I had to pleasure of owning this 1971 Bridgehampton Blue Corvette convertible equipped with the base 350/270 engine and automatic transmission for about 5 years. I completed the restoration of the car and it earned a 2nd Flight certificate in NCRS judging. I took this picture of the car in front of what was at the time Chevrolet's central office at the GM Technical Center where I worked.
The concept for the model recalling my '71 Vette is a road racing version starting with the Revell John Greenwood 1971 Corvette kit. The car is powered by a L-89 (427 ci, aluminum heads, tri-power). The interior has competition seats and full roll cage. The exterior is dark blue with yellow wheels and side exhaust, inspired by the Roger Penske C2 Grand Sports roadster (below left).
I bought this 1988 Fiero GT new just after the cars went out of production. I kept it in pristine condition, and showed it in several car shows in the Detroit area.