Sunday, June 16, 2013

Heartland Chevrolet loaded with Corvettes during the Touch of Glass Corvette Show in Liberty

My mother-in-law had a garage sale in Liberty this weekend, which gave me a good excuse to go check out the Touch of Glass Corvette Show at Heartland Chevrolet.  Not that I really needed an excuse.  Any time a bunch of Corvettes are in one place, I am going to try to be there.  This wasn’t a huge show, but there were definitely some nice examples of Chevrolet’s flagship sports car.  There was even a handful for sale.  If only I could win that lottery.

If I had to pick a favorite, it would be hard to go against this ’63 convertible.  The whole car is just nice, but I think my favorite part about it is the white interior.  This one had a 300-horse 327 with a Powerglide, and genuine Kelsey-Hayes knock-off wheels.  You see this car at shows all over town, so the owner obviously doesn’t have any problem with driving it.  They even added some cup holders in the console.  Sometimes you need a cool refreshment riding around on a muggy Kansas City day.

This ’87 convertible may not be state-of-the-art today, but this would have been hot stuff in 1987.  I still think it looks pretty neat with those gold BBS wheels and wood dash kit.  The orange export outer taillights are a nice touch too.  It reminds me of what a bad guy drug dealer might have driven on an episode of Miami Vice.  I can just picture this thing trying to evade Crockett and Tubbs in their Ferrari, tearing through the harbor at night with Phil Collins singing in the background.

The entire straight-axle contingent was represented by this Honduras  Maroon ’62.  I think this is one of the best colors they offered back then.  Of course, ’62 was the first year of the 327 engine, up from 283 cubes the previous year.  This was the last of the first-generation Corvettes, as the hidden headlight, independent rear-suspension Midyears like the one profiled above hit the scene in ’63.  This car was a good looking driver, and always had a crowd of people around checking it out.

I know this isn’t a Corvette, but it was there, and I liked it.  This is a ’75 Caprice convertible; the last year Chevrolet ever made a true, full-sized convertible.  I practically grew up in these, as they were my dad’s favorite cars when I was a kid.  This one was particularly appealing with the blue paint, carpets, and dash, combined with the white vinyl seats.  It’s funny how these cars used to seem so normal, but now they seem so huge.  I sure like seeing these big old cruisers around though.

I’m leaving you with about 140 pictures from the Touch of Glass Corvette Show at Heartland Chevrolet in Liberty.  Check them out in the slideshow below, or click this link for a better version.

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