A man from Pennsylvania who owns an absolute gem of a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible recently had his story chronicled by Hot Rod.
In 1972, 22-year-old Jim Kevan made a trip to Grabiak Chevrolet to place an order for a 1972 Corvette ZR1. Despite having the money for the now-iconic muscle car, one of the owners of the dealership managed to convince him that the ZR1 wasn’t the smartest move, citing its huge power.
Kevan eventually bought into the owner’s resistance and instead ordered a new 454 Corvette. Shortly after purchasing the car, Kevan attempted to purchase insurance but was given a quote of $1,200 a year, a huge figure considering the car itself cost $6,200.
Consequently, the car wasn’t insured and rarely driven.
“All my buddies were saying how could you have a new Corvette sitting in the garage and not drive it? And I said well I had no choice. I couldn’t take a chance. I was in the midst of buying a home. We were getting married and planning a family, and I couldn’t take a chance on driving without insurance, so as much as it killed me, that’s why I ended up putting it in the garage,” Kevan told Hot Rod.
Fast forward to 2017 and the car has just 967 miles under its belt and is almost certainly worth a small fortune.