Richard and Carol Potts, Proud Owners of:

1999 Corvette Convertible Magnetic Red w/Black

1971 Corvette Stingray Steel Cities Grey 

My first Corvette was a ‘67 Corvette Stingray.  When someone approached me about buying it in 1971, I indicated it was not for sale.  The guy persisted, and I finally put a price on it that I thought would bring the matter to an end.  He wanted it worse than me because I ended up without a car.

Being single and fancy-free, I thought it was time to buy a new Vette.  I purchased the ‘71 off the showroom floor from Robertson’s Chevrolet in Edinburg, Indiana, on February 14, 1971, for a whopping $5,150.  Though she will deny it, I’m convinced that the ’71 (rather than my wholesome all American fresh-from-the farm good looks) caught my future wife’s eye.  We were married in November 1972.  Why do you think I’ve held on to it this long? 

Going through a “mid-life crisis” in 1998, I convinced myself I needed a new convertible but just couldn’t bring myself to make the investment.  At the 1999 Fair Oaks Mall Columbus Corvette, Kari Morris Chevrolet displayed the new ’99.  My wife and I drove by the dealership a week later, and I was really disappointed that I did not see it on the lot.  Without my knowing Carol called the sales manager, found they still had the car, and the next evening she came home from work driving – you guessed it – that hot ’99 convertible.  It now belonged to the Potts.

I’m hopelessly sentimental about the ’71, crazy about the ’99, and still madly in love with my wife.  Needless to say, 1972, 1971, and 1999 were banner years in my life.  Please note 1972, our anniversary, ranks first!


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