Moving on up
Earlier I posted about my wife’s first car and her initiation on the freeways of Los Angeles when they were at their prime. She caught on fast and soon the trusty Vega no longer fit her image. We had just bought our first house, three blocks from the beach in swinging Manhattan Beach and she was ready for a new car- still a Chevrolet but a far cry from the Vega. She was on the hunt for a Corvette and before long she found it. It cost her the princely sum of $6,000 in 1974 and it was her pride and joy. She loved that car and it did have a raffish charm. She drove it to her design jobs around LA and to her teaching gig at Cal Arts.
A Stylish Number
The 1974 Corvette was nearly chrome-less. The bumpers were gone and instead there were molded plastic panels. This was pretty revolutionary in 1974 and gave the Corvette a very clean silhouette.
When our son was born and our house seemed too small, we moved to idyllic Palos Verdes, again 3 blocks from the cliffs. This time we could often hear the surf and fog horns. The Corvette came too. My wife didn’t tire of the Corvette. She was happy driving it until she began to feel that it was costing too much to maintain even with the help of our number one son, AKA gas boy, but that didn’t happen until 1986. One of our son’s service ideas was to fill the Corvette up for us to save driving to the gas station. Unfortunately he thought that gas and water were exchangeable. I spent an anxious Sunday afternoon siphoning out the water but no damage resulted and we have a great story.
All good things must pass
It wasn’t until 1986 until we were ready to replace the Corvette but that is not the end of the story. When we sold the car, it was bought by someone who ships classic cars to Europe. We learned that our Corvette eventually made it’s way to Denmark where it received loving care. So what did my wife buy next? Maybe you think she went for a conservative sedan for her suburban life with kids? You will just have to wait. And what happened to the Vega? It became my commuter car.