Here's teh thing: I am a car guy, I do all my work myself. Engines, suspension, welding, upholstery, etc. I love it.
But, sometimes, you just want to turn the key and go.
I'm also not a "convertible guy". I generally prefer a hard top of some sort.
But that being said, my wife is not into cars at all. Other than driving something back and forth to work that is. They're appliances to her.
In looking for another car, I wanted something we could use together yet still engage in some "car culture". We decided a nice little convertible (maybe a 2 seater) would be a fun toy that we could use together and enjoy some countryside drives as well as the occasional car show (either going to it or being in it).
On top of all this is the restriction we all deal with: I'm not made of money.
At the end of the day, I passed on the 68 for obvious reasons. We looked at a 69 vert, but that was 15,000nd it would have taken a good 10G to get it to where I woudl want it (paint, light rust repair, engine work, running gear replaced, disc brake conversion, etc). Really liked the car, butdecided to pass on it. Too much money to buy, too much money to get up to snuff and too long to get it to "driver" status.
So I'm skunked, right?
Well, hold on to your seat and please resist the urge to throw large or sharp objects: I bought a corvette.
1988, convertible, LT98, 700r4, Z52 package (suspension and handling upgrades), black on black with a saddle color top, Greenwood appearance package (spoiler and lowers), 9500 Cdn (around 7200 USD). Need sa few things like mufflers and a master cylinder, but it's good enough for what we want.
I don't need to be too attached to the car, so the decision was made with the head, not the heart. Same way my wife makes deisions about her cars (well, similar, but not same, the heart still gets in there a little bit).
At the end of the day it boiled down to this:
68 mustang was never in the running, full stop.
69 was 15000 to buy, Vette was 9500.advantage: Vette
Mustang needed about 10G to get it up to snuff, about 2-4g would get the Vette in tip top shape. advantage: Vette
Finished, the Mustang would have be super cool and very usable but still 1960's tech. Vette, finished, pretty much modern running gear (cruise, tilt, power modern brakes, fuel injection, etc) that you can jump in and head for the other side of the continent with little concern and all the comfort you can want. Advantage: Vette
Performance - not even a race, the C4 buries the 69, every time.
Resale values: A C4 will never be worth as much as a 60's mustang, just a fact. Advantage: Mustang
What does the heart want? Mustang. Advantage: Mustang.
"Bro appeal" - A C4 can
turn heads as you cruise on by, but a 69 mustang convertible WILL
turn heads as you drive by....and will also gather a crowd when stopped. Advantage: Mustang.
Sure, a C4 is not the most desirable Vette out there (by far), but that's what makes them affordable right now. The values will go up eventually in the event we ever want to get rid of it. All I have to do is reference the C3 corvette with the big rubber bumpers: When I was younger, you couldn't give one of them away. Now, the prices are climbing ridiculously fast. Doesn't take a genious to see that the C4 will eventually go down that road, especially with it's racing pedigree and the specialty C4 models (IE:ZR-1).
Now...I have to go get my Argo 8x8 ready to sell and the trailer I haul it on. Need to free up one of my 4 heated bays. Only so much space available here......