When Chevrolet released the C2 Corvette for the first time in 1962, it made waves in the automotive world, and people actually started to get excited about the Corvette for the first time. But none showed the same level of excitement as Steve Stone of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Steve was so elated to have a new C2 Corvette as an 18-year-old that he just about drove the wheels off it, clocking 33,575 miles in just the first year. The 24,000-mile warranty he got with the 1963 Corvette was used up in just eight months. The next year, it was more of the same, with Steve driving the Stingray another 30,000 miles. But then the Vietnam War broke out.
As Steve remembers vividly, “I was drafted into the U.S. Army in May 1965. I, like most of our generation, put our rides up for sale since most of us were being sent to ‘Nam. I was very, very fortunate not to be sent there, and my ‘Vette did not sell, so I kept it.”
Over the next five decades Steve worked two jobs, raised four sons, went through a divorce, and now has been married to his current wife for 32 years. Over that span, he never sold the Corvette and never stopped driving it. “My ‘Vette is the only one I have ever owned, and it is the only one that I ever wanted. Current mileage is 584,000 miles.” For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.