On June 10th of 1967 - a Saturday - William Aman of Glen Head, New
York, drove all the way to the far east end of Long Island to his
summer home in East Hampton. We can only him imagine passing by
Lester Motors, a small but longtime Chevrolet-dealer in East
Hampton. Bill, spotting this Rally Red Roadster out front, knew he
had to have it. I'm sure in June, with the sun shining on the red
paint and its contrasting white soft top and white wall tires, it
was stunning. When he approached the car, the 327 cid/350
horsepower V8 matted to the 4-speed close ratio transmission would
have had to have gotten his mouth watering, and the 4.11:1
Positraction rear end would have had him on the first drive. The
Corvette also came equipped with an AM/FM radio and the one-year
only Vinyl covered hardtop to extend the driving season in the
Northeast. We know this information from the Protecto plate and the
original Bill of Sale, which also tells us he paid $5,134.40 for
the car including taxes. Bill kept good records on the car,
starting with that first weekend of ownership!
He moved to Denver in 1970 (a copy of the 1970 Colorado title is in the records as well) and he continued to enjoy his Corvette there. With 104,000 miles on it after six years of steady enjoyment, he noticed the engine was getting weak. So in September 1973, he had the engine rebuilt. And then he continued using it! A year or two later - 1975 - he put a clutch in it with 140,000 miles. Not long after that, he got it painted. Bill sold the car in 1983 and the next owner Don Polson lived a couple hours away in Laramie, Wyoming. Don bought it with 145, 663 miles on the odometer. He had a few research notes on the car but he rarely drove it so in 1989 he concluded it was time to pass it along. The Edgar family, while visiting in Colorado Springs saw an ad in the local newspaper for the Corvette and bought it with the purpose of bringing it back to California with them. By then, the odometer showed 147,310 miles.
The car has remained in the Edgar family ever since and it has traveled only 10,500 miles since they acquired it in 1989. I was recently in California when a friend told me about the car. It took only one look, and it's now in our showroom here in Durham. The hardest classic car to find and buy is an honest car. And this is the definition of an honest car. The paint is excellent, considering it was applied in 1975. The interior has some signs of aging but it remains almost entirely original. The car drives wonderfully and does absolutely everything exactly as it should. There is just something about an original car that has never been taken apart, and this car embodies that.