Vettes 773,338 mile journey

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  1. FOUR4D4

    FOUR4D4 Moderator Moderator

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    This no garage queen

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    C5 Corvette's 773,338-mile journey ends at the Corvette Museum


    Mark Blackwell of Jacksonville, Fla., has logged more than 1 million miles in just two Corvettes. But the first one, at just 342,000 miles, was a garage queen compared to his second car. The red 2000 Corvette coupe has racked up 773,338 miles, enough to earn it a place of honor in the National Corvette Museum.

    To save you the math, that's an average of about 43,000 miles per year, or about 117 miles per day, every day, for 18 years. Blackwell logs a lot of highway trips to Georgia and southern Florida for work.

    And the Corvette is on its original 5.7-liter V8 engine, though Blackwell recently had to get the headgasket replaced at around 750,000 miles.

    Blackwell turned his keys over to the museum in Bowling Green, Ky., earlier this month, calling it a "fabulous car, no complaints here." The video above from the museum shows how surprisingly good the Corvette looks, considering all the places it's been.

    "If any car deserves to be in a museum, it's this one," Blackwell says, "for the miles it's gone and the things it's done for me."

    He credits its handling with saving his life one dark night when a bumper fell off a semi, forcing him to swerve into an interstate median, blowing out two tires in the process. "Had to obviously get the tires replaced and the car towed in that night. But any other car, there was no way in the world that I would not have hit that bumper."
     
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  2. MattNH

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    My 1971 just turned over 100k this summer, I guess I need to drive it more
     
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  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

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    I had a '79 Camaro Z-28 that I ordered and picked up brand new on Friday, July 13th, 1979...and I had her for 30 years before I finally sold her to my brother...Garage Kept...BUT...No Queen.

    I LOVED that car...

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  4. FOUR4D4

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    I wonder if he used Mobil1 5w30 its what is suggested by GM
     
  5. Gumpy

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    Beautiful car. I bought a 67 Camaro SS in 69. Didn't think it was fast enough so I bought a new 70 Cobra Mustang. My Dad took it away from me in just a few months.
     
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  6. squirrelhunter

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    I had a chance to by a 69 Mustang with a cammed up 302 4 barrel but since I was going to be doing a lot of driving to Auto Mechanic Tech. school I went with a 72 Gran Torino with a 351 Cleveland 2 barrel. I wished later I'd gotten the Mustang,I love their looks.
     
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