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Submitted by: Ken Kagen - Plainview, Long Island, New York

1998 C5 convertible with Corsa Performance exhaust.

This is the first Corvette I've ever owned, and it's everything everyone said it would be. This is probably the only purchase I've ever made that completely lived up to its reputation and met expectations. My wife of thirty years and I have no pet names for this car, but as you can see from its "friendly" license plate, we get plenty of neat comments. One, for instance, heard last week while waiting at a traffic light, from a young man in car behind us yelled out his window..."Not as good as you are with that car..." Ain't it the truth.

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Funny thing about the convertible. Living in New York going through the seasonal changes now, going into Winter, between my wife and me, I'm the one that asks to pull the top up first to get warm. I had expected my wife to wimp out first, but the NEVER happens. The bride just bundles up and loves the wind. I swear that in her last life she must have been that dog you see that is always trying to stick its head out the car window!

Learning a lot about people with this new car, including how friendly strangers can be, and my wife's love for fresh air!

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Why 3 photos instead of one or two:

When in the service, drill instructor always used to tell us that shoes needed to be polished in the front and the back so that you'd be seen coming and going. Here are three pictures, one taken at the nose, one from the rear, and one with the top up from the side. The first two are for the "coming and going." It's a convertible, which is way cool, but everyone who sees it with the top down (usually the only way anyone sees it outside my garage) will ask "What color's the top?" Chevy calls it "light oak." Three pictures tell the story.

Try to wave,

Ken Kagen
Plainview, NY


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