Thankfully, the Corvette went mid-engined before it was too late.
It's never too late in life to buy the car you truly want. Just ask 87-year-old Vern Eden. He's the proud owner of a brand new 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. A resident of Valleyford, Washington, Eden knows a thing or two about cars and trucks. He was a truck driver for 44 years. At the age of 15, he and his older brother hopped into a 1940 Chevy and road tripped it to Mexico and back without a single breakdown or flat tire.
That sense of adventure later took him to 65 countries, including Cambodia and China. Why Cambodia? "Because you can rent a motorcycle for $5 a day," he told The Spokesman-Review. "The best way to see the world is to rent a car. It's fun! You can stop when you want, see what you want. I drove 6,500 miles in Europe."
Today, Eden still lives on his family farm in the same house he and his wife built in 1960. As for his new Torch Red Vette, he placed the order at his local Chevy dealer a year and a half ago. The original plan was to travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky with his son and grandson and drive it home cross-country, but opted out once Eden learned they didn't allow factory tours.
But why now? Why did this lifelong Chevy fan wait until the age of 87 to buy his dream Corvette? The answer is quite simple. "Well, they finally got it right on this one. I didn't like the way they were balanced before - heavy on the front end."
The guy held out for a mid-engined design all the years. Respect. But there was another key reason why he bought now: the onset of electrification. Eden is afraid this will be the last ICE Corvette before General Motors goes all-electric. He's not exactly thrilled about an all-electric Vette. "That would be like a trumpet player blowing and no sound coming out."
Despite his advancing years, Eden still has gasoline running through his veins and speed in his heart. He fully intends to attempt a top speed run but there's one thing stopping him: "I just have to find a suitable place." Godspeed, Vern.