From my viewpoint, there is no question that the later generation of Vettes have all the good stuff: go, stop, corner, power, tunes, etc, etc. Off the showroom floor, they do depriciate over time.
But for me, they just DO NOT have any of that old time Corvette special magic. No personality, no WOW factor. The image (to many people) is a snobby person in a "status" symbol car. They own/drive a Corvette because it projects them in the eye of the public as someone special or above the rest of the people, not because it is a performance or special car. Also, for the most part, when a late model Vette passes by, almost no one gives it a passing glance. And you take an old Vette, say a 57 or a 63 Split-window or a 67-427, or maybe even a 72 with a 454, and people not only take notice, but they even STOP what they're doing and watch it go by until it is out of sight. The exact same thing happens with nice Chevelles, or a nice GTO, or (and Heaven forbid) a nice early Mustang GT350 (ESPECIALLY a GT350R).
A prime example: I can't even go to get gas in the 70 conv or the 56 Vette without frequent stares and comments from other people (not that I don't like it). A new, or very late model Vette pulls up to a gas pump and NO BODY makes a comment to the owner (some are even intimidated to speak to the owner), nor do they even stop and stare. Just doesn't happen.
So, do I HAVE to own a car that every one stares at and envies??? Heck no!!! But it is nice to have a car that other people also appreciate and they are not apprehensive about approaching me to make a comment or ask a question about the car. People come up and commonly ask what year is it? Or, what engine is in it? Or, did you do the work yourself, etc, etc? Many of you know that the 70 conv still has the original 307 emblems on the fenders, but there is no 307 under the hood. I get asked a lot if it still has the 307. People never approach nor ask these kinds of questions to new Vette owners. Do I need that kind of attention from others? Nope, but its nice that people are comfortable enough to be friendly and speak to me about my older cars.
Last, I don't have that kind of money to spend (on a new Vette), but if I did, it would get spent on something besides a new Vette. Two cars that I would IMMEDIATELY seek out would be a Z16 and a Z11----------------AFTER I bought a P51! :thumbsup:
Oh ya, and I HAVE NOT forgotten the promise that I made several years ago. If I ever win the lottery and buy a P51, you guys will be the first to go for a ride. But, until then, here's the best I can offer. If you're in OKC sometime on a Sat, I'll take you out to the airport and see if there's a chance for a ride in Miss America! How's that?