I see lots of high performance Mustangs sitting at a shop near me with that characteristic U-shaped bend from an unintended meeting with a telephone pole. If you watch Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, you can find Corvettes that have done the same. The new cars can only be controlled with their nanny devices turned on for the most part (unless you are a very experienced driver).
Also the bad thing about the new Corvettes is once the warranty runs out and you are past the 7 years that GM keeps the parts, you are on your own. For a long time the C5's were subject to ABS unit failure and one failure was unfixable. You were at the mercy of one coming available at a junkyard (who of course knew the value as you and 20 something ish other yous were standing in line for that part).
Having had 2 (still have a '96 in the garage) the older ones are easier to work on and don't run into unobtanium parts. Even the '96 has a few parts that I had to scour Craigslist and such for days to finally find in Oregon.
My '96 is getting ready for a teardown, I have all but a couple parts to redo the engine, beef up the transmission and turn it into a close ration 4-speed automatic (4L60E with a Sonnax close ratio 1 & 2 planetary) and the heavy duty Dana 44 rear end like came in the stick shift cars and Vipers.
When I am done (new heads cam headers etc etc etc all sitting in boxes waiting on the day) I will have between 450 and 500 HP. You say a pittance, but anything over 450 (or so) will just kill you faster if you are not careful. 450 is a good fun target HP figure in a light car.
If any of you have been over 150 going down the road, things happen really quick. 40 years ago I passed a guy in the middle of the night like he was standing still. 150+ things happen really quick.
This is what I am building (the stripes are paint, not a decal, I picked out colors to match the interior)
psssttt drcook = David R, not Dr. but thanks for the compliment. Most folks just call me Dave.
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