There's no secret to this Vette's long life: regular maintenance, a devoted owner, and luck in avoiding crashes that would have written it off. Pat says that, if you're looking for a Corvette to own as a daily driver, maybe a C1 might not be the best choice for you as it was for him four and a half decades ago. "It depends on what they're looking for," he says when asked if he has any advice for prospective first-time Corvette owners. "If they're looking for an old one, I don't think they're going to drive it as a daily driver. Almost any Corvette, I think, is in good shape-most people take care of 'em. And, naturally, with the newer ones, you can find a high-mileage or a low-mileage one, and they're still about the same price. The price doesn't change much, from what I see."

And time doesn't diminish a Corvette's beauty, no matter how many times the odometer's been around.

>>> DATA FILE ::: '57 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Owned by: Pat Garrahan, Fresno, California
MILEAGE 711,015 (at time story was written)
>> BODY
Production '57 Corvette
MODIFICATIONS Corvette emblem shaved off of front, color change from original
PAINT Original Cascade Green with Shoreline Beige coves color scheme reapplied about five years ago
>> CHASSIS
Production '57 Corvette
BRAKES Production '57 Corvette drum-and-shoe, front and rear
WHEELS 15x10 Halibrands, front and rear
TIRES 205/60-15 (front), 245/60-15 (rear). New tires to go on as this is written
>> ENGINE
Overhead-valve V-8, Chevrolet small-block
DISPLACEMENT 283 ci
IGNITION Production '57 Corvette nonelectronic
INDUCTION Rochester mechanical fuel-injection system, taken from a '59 Corvette
EXHAUST OEM exhaust manifolds/dual-exhaust system
FUEL DELIVERY OEM mechanical fuel pump
HORSEPOWER 283 (estimated)
>> TRANSMISSION
Tremec five-speed manual (replaced OEM three-speed manual), shifted by replica of OEM "skinny stick" shifter
>> INTERIOR
Restored production '57 Corvette
SEATS Restored (several times!) production Corvette bucket seats
CARPETS Reproduction Corvette loop-pile
INSTRUMENTATION Production gauge cluster (0- to 140-mph speedometer, 0- to 6,000-rpm tachometer; ammeter, fuel level, oil-pressure and coolant-temperature gauges in dash
SOUND SYSTEM Production "Wonderbar" AM radio
HVAC Production '57 Corvette heater/defroster and aftermarket A/C (additional air provided by dropping top and lowering windows)