One of the Commandments reads, “Thou shall not covet thy neighbour’s wife.” However, I don’t think there’s one that says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. That’s a good thing, because in this case, the “thy neighbour” is “my neighbour”… and I do!
Yes, just next door, just several short feet away, sits a stunning “Bridgehampton Blue” 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, with gleaming chrome bumpers and trim, a deep rich blue interior leather, and custom wood-style steering wheel. Gorgeous!
When brand new, this car was a special order, and was owned by a doctor for 38 years. From the history on file, current owner Lorne is the third enthusiast to own this beautiful machine, and he’s assured me he’s not letting it go anytime soon. This little beauty has been carefully cared for and is in “mint condition” as they say.
The car’s history is an interesting one:
“The third (C3) generation, patterned after Larry Shindola’s “Mako Shark” design, came to life in 1968 and wrapped up in 1982. This series marked the introduction of the body-contoured fender flares, ‘egg-crate’ grills and vents, and for the first time ever, air conditioning! This generation also has the distinction of being introduced to the motoring public in an unorthodox – and unintended – fashion. 1968 marked the introduction of Mattel’s now-famous Hot Wheels line of 1/64-scale die cast toy cars. General Motors had tried their best to keep the appearance of the upcoming car a secret, but the release of the Hot Wheels line several weeks before the actual Corvette’s unveiling, had a certain version of particular interest to Corvette fans: the “Custom Corvette, a GM-authorized model of the 1968 Corvette.”
Now that he knows there’s a Hot Wheels version of this car, my husband now covets it even more than I do!
So I asked Lorne why this particular car. “I turned 16 in 1971” tells Lorne, “so my interest in cars was peaked because I could finally drive one.” It was the look of this car that caught Lorne’s attention, a collection of beautiful design elements, and not to mention how nice a drive it is. “Cars these days all look the same” says Lorne. “A classic car is much more interesting because they’re all so different, all with so much character.”
Beyond just attending several classic car events, Lorne and his wife Kathy quite often will make a mini vacation of each trip. “There’s a group of us that get together and travel to shows and events that are out of town. We go for a few days, and really enjoy the lifestyle that goes along with owning a classic car.”
As you can see from the pictures, this car is a beauty. Lorne takes great pride in keeping it in pristine condition, and he and the ‘Vette can be seen locally at events like the annual Orangeville Blues & Jazz Fest, “Cruising on First” every Wednesday evening in the Canadian Tire parking lot, and at the Orangeville Fall Fair, just to name a few.
Written By: Kelli M. Maddocks | Photography: Cory Bruyea