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AUTO BIOGRAPHY: Corvette dream car provides pleasure driving

For Kent Danielson, of Marseilles, his black 1969 Corvette Stingray convertible was a dream come true.
It was one of the most desirable cars during his coming-of-age years.
The iconic Corvette body and interior received a full redesign in 1968, although the chassis was carried over.
For 1969, there were some tweaks: Headlight washers were added and the “Sting Ray” nameplate was changed to “Stingray.”
When Danielson saw the ’69 for sale at a Corvette show, he took down the number.
His wife was agreeable to the purchase, so after thinking about it for a while, he called the owner and came to a price.
What appeals to him is the car’s great shape. The interior, top and paint all are original.
The one problem in Corvette’s past was that it had been in storage so many years without antifreeze that the engine block froze, requiring the installation of a rebuilt 350-cubic-inch engine.
In the winter, the Corvette is in storage, but in the summer Danielson takes it out for a few joy rides.
He used to enter the Corvette in car shows but discovered after each show there were a lot of body scratches.
They were accidental, Danielson figures: a belt buckle scratch from a guy leaning in for a look at the interior or maybe a scratch from the purse of lady passing by.
No matter the cause, he decided to protect the paint by getting off the cruise night circuit.
As much as anything else, Danielson bought the car as an investment. Now he is looking to sell it for $35,000.
But he’s in no hurry and can wait until the right buyer comes along.
Danielson doesn’t plan on buying another investment car. But he says there are a couple of vintage model trucks he wouldn’t mind having — after he retires.

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