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    Talk about sticker shock!

    I was at a Chevy dealership yesterday to take delivery of a new car for the wife. When we got there our salesman was finishing up with another customer so we wandered around the showroom for a while looking at the other models. They had a beautiful deep blue Camaro SS that we both just fell in love with. But it's got a sticker price of $37,500 which is a bit out of our price range at the moment so we kept walking around.

    Not far from that Camaro and right in the front center stage window of the dealership there is a GORGEOUS Corvette ZR1. It's completely roped off with "DO NOT TOUCH" signs all over the place. I looked over this absolutely incredible piece of machinery. It was hard to keep from drooling all over the place. I was able to get close enough to the sticker to see what this little beauty was going for. Are you ready for this? I hope you're sitting down.

    $124,050.00!!!

    Looking at the sticker, one of the items listed in the final price is a "Gas Guzzler Tax" of $1300. I guess that if you've got the money to buy a car like that, $1300 is chump change.

    Oh how I'd like to experience how the other half lives.

    John
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

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    When I graduated from high school (1965) base price for a 'vette was $3000. 'Course I was making $1.40 an hour and saving for college, which by the way was $125.00 per semester plus books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Newby View Post
    When I graduated from high school (1965) base price for a 'vette was $3000. 'Course I was making $1.40 an hour and saving for college, which by the way was $125.00 per semester plus books.
    Hey Roger, you must've gone to one of those expensive schools. I went to City College of New York starting in 1970, and it was $56 per semester, plus books also. By then though, wages had gone up, I made $2 an hour work-study, training rats in a lab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Pollman View Post
    I was at a Chevy dealership yesterday to take delivery of a new car for the wife. When we got there our salesman was finishing up with another customer so we wandered around the showroom for a while looking at the other models. They had a beautiful deep blue Camaro SS that we both just fell in love with. But it's got a sticker price of $37,500 which is a bit out of our price range at the moment so we kept walking around.

    Not far from that Camaro and right in the front center stage window of the dealership there is a GORGEOUS Corvette ZR1. It's completely roped off with "DO NOT TOUCH" signs all over the place. I looked over this absolutely incredible piece of machinery. It was hard to keep from drooling all over the place. I was able to get close enough to the sticker to see what this little beauty was going for. Are you ready for this? I hope you're sitting down.

    $124,050.00!!!

    Looking at the sticker, one of the items listed in the final price is a "Gas Guzzler Tax" of $1300. I guess that if you've got the money to buy a car like that, $1300 is chump change.

    Oh how I'd like to experience how the other half lives.

    John
    That's incredible... my first corvette in 1965 was a used '64, convertible with a hard top, 327 engine with a Holly AFB 4 barrel, 3/4 race cam... it sounded like hell idling, but I tried it out on the way home down the 405 in L.A.... at 125 the front end was rising and I still had accelerator left... I paid $3600 for it.... in 1966 or '67 it was stolen and I replaced it with a 1965 convertible, soft top with stock 327 engine... I paid $2800 for it...
    Personally I don't like the new corvettes .... they got too bulky, like a big sedan cut down, most have automatic transmissions and less room in them than my 64 or 65.... plus they're totally overpriced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    Hey Roger, you must've gone to one of those expensive schools. I went to City College of New York starting in 1970, and it was $56 per semester, plus books also. By then though, wages had gone up, I made $2 an hour work-study, training rats in a lab.
    In 1969 I started college in California, after the Navy... Uncle Sam paid for me to go, cost was just the books and a small fee for the class... 'course I had a high paying job then... I worked for an airlines at about $7 per hour.
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    I bought a 1969 in 69. 350/350 T top for $3900.00. That was the first year I made $10,000. I thought I hit the big time.

    Young, single, foolish and making $200.00 per week. Ahhh what a life
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    For that car, that's a bargain.

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    You spoilt brats.

    My first car was a beat up Yellow 1979 Citroen 1220 cub paid equivalent of $120 US for it and only got it after my 21st birthday. Certainly did not look as good as the one in this picture.Not after my friends sister had already had 3 accidents in it.

    cheers

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    Amazing price isn't it? But you were looking at a Super Car. The ZR1 is not your Daddies Corvette.

    6.2L LS9 638-hp supercharged V8 engine
    Aluminum frame with fixed-roof structure
    Visible carbon-fiber roof, rockers, splitter and painted carbon fiber
    BremboŽ carbon-ceramic brakes
    Head-Up Display
    Magnetic Selective Ride Control
    ect.....
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    I had a sister married to a guy that made over $300,000.00 per year. Trust me, most of us are happier, healthier and more sane than they are. Yep, they divorced, she married another wealthy one, at least he has some common sense and seems human. So be careful what you wish for. The only vet that comes down my drive drives a Chevy and takes body parts off of my animals for me! (that is twice what I paid for my 40 acre farm)
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