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About to buy a C6



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Fishy Dave

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Thu 18 Jan 18 12:02

About to buy a C6


Hello all,

It's been a while since I posted on here. Over the last year I've maintained the trio of BMW (Z4M, E30 race car and E46 325ti) and enjoyed near total reliability. The E30 did a full season of races, with just a fuel pump malady to spoil a certain class win mid season.

With a house purchase coming up (finally, at the age of 40!) the fleet needed to be reviewed. The race car and trailer sold last week and the Z4M will go in the spring (the best all round car I've owned to date).
The reason for this thread comes as a result of a memorable road trip my wife and I took around California just over a year ago, the highlight being a trackday at Laguna Seca. As well as driving a Z4M I was also cheeky enough to ask for a passenger ride in a Corvette C6 Grandsport. It left an impression and made a great noise.

Even whilst on that holiday I started looking for cars for sale! I was considering both C5 Coupe, C5 Z06 and C6 (ideally Z51), it had to be a manual which rather narrows the choice over here. My wife and I took a test drive in a base model C6 with Ian Allen earlier last year, but decided we didn't want to spend 23k, especially as a house purchase become more likely. I therefore decided to look at the cheaper end of the market and would import a car myself, coming close to going for high mileage C5.
Whilst browsing the web in bed at midnight, before Christmas I found a one owner, high mileage C6 for just $9995. I got in there quick but was just beaten into second refusal which was sickening. As luck would have it the first gentleman didn't come up with the deposit so I got a text at 03:45 the next day saying 'I've got smashing news for you, please call me'. After a 4am phone call to the owner in California I'd agreed to buy it and paid the deposit. Very exciting, resulting in no sleep for the rest of the night so I was in work early!
Since then their has been a lot of work arranging the necessary insurance (Geico), flights, accommodation, ESTA, shipping (I've used ShipMyCar), parts for UK conversion etc. etc.
The seller owns three Corvette including a new C7, he has been offered thousands of dollars more since I paid the deposit but he has been honourable and continued with our existing agreement.

We fly out to LA this Sunday, detour around the currently closed 101 (rock and mudslide) on Monday, collect the car and then over the next 9 days drive just under 2500 miles via California, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Texas to include Monument Valley, Route 66, horse riding at a ranch and a trackday at Circuit Of The Americas. I drop the car at the port at Houston then fly to Nashville, pick up a hire car, drive to the Corvette factory and museum at Bowling Green, fly on to New York and then home.
I should get the car back after its Atlantic journey at the end of February hopefully, exciting!

Excluding the cost of the holiday/road trip the car will probably cost me just under 13,000 which I consider to be pretty good for 400bhp as standard and a rumbling 6 litre V8 soundtrack. I just hope I've not bought a pup! I will do a proper write up with photos for the magazine if it's of interest?

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Invetterate

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Thu 18 Jan 18 13:28

Re: About to buy a C6


Looks absolutely splendid! Hope you enjoy every mile! Yes Thumbs up

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Dieter Orton

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Fri 19 Jan 18 11:47

Re: About to buy a C6


I have owned my C6 for nearly 11 years and it is my daily driver, if I ever get tired of the pleasure it gives I will be most surprised.Enjoy Dieter

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Nick B

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Fri 19 Jan 18 11:59

Re: About to buy a C6


Looks the bizzo Dave. Thumbs up

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Fishy Dave

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Fri 19 Jan 18 22:46


Thank you all, we're all set to fly over on Sunday. We're excited!

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