This particular man and machine will not be separated.
The last production 2020 Corvette has been struggling to find a home, which is likely a combination of its undesirable color scheme and a price that is much too high. Many other examples of the latest Corvette C8 have gone up for sale again quickly as owners realized they could be sold for a massive profit. But one Corvette that has a much more loyal guardian is the 1963 model you see here. Believe it or not, this Corvette Stingray was purchased by its owner, Steve Stone, as a new model when he was just 18 years old. Today, in 2021, Stone remarkably still owns and drives the very same Corvette which has now covered over 600,000 miles. Yes, this isn't a sports car that has spent its life standing in a garage.
Originally ordered in October 1962, Stone's Corvette was only built in February 1963 and he drove it for the first time later that month. In his first year of ownership, Stone covered over 33,000 miles. After trying to sell the car early in its life, Stone eventually decided to hold onto it and the rest is history. The exact mileage is 604,000 miles and it was eight-and-a-half years ago that the car hit the magic half a million mark. Speaking to Rick Corvette Conti on YouTube, Stone says that the current engine - which was installed in 2007 - makes 400 horsepower and has completed 200,000 of the total miles the car has covered.
The Corvette does without power brakes and power steering to this day. The hardtop is the only part of this 1963 Corvette that hasn't been repainted, although Stone retained the original black color. The owner and his equally adventurous wife often use the Corvette for camping, and sometimes the couple will hitch their 21-foot canoe to the back of the drop-top. Inside, the radio has been upgraded to a more modern unit, and the seats have fresh covers but are original below that. It's an incredible story that speaks to both the truly passionate owner and the engineering standards of this 58-year-old sports car.