Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sandi's 1963 Corvette Stingray

The High Point High School Class of 1965 had many cute girls.  We had a few “car girls” (girls who appreciated cars as much as boys did).  And we had one especially memorable Cute-Car-Girl – Sandi Johnson Watt.

At High Point Sandi drove a Mercury Comet convertible with bucket seats, a very nice car.  She cruised to the Mighty Mo with the top down occasionally rat-racing with the boys.  Tanguay (of Beltsville Shell fame) was secretly in love with Sandi, but she knew to keep her distance from boys who hung out at Beltsville Shell!

Fast forward to 1969.  Sandi had graduated from High Point but was still deeply in love with cars.  She had just purchased a dark green, limited edition Dan Gurney Mercury Cougar.  One of her close friends was Don Paterson.  Sandi hung out with Don and many of his friends.  One of Sandi’s girlfriends owned a red 1964 Corvette, and Sandi vowed that if she ever got a chance to own a Corvette, she would.  Don owned a 1963 Corvette convertible.  When the State of Maryland passed the mandatory insurance laws Don was unable to afford the State insurance.  He offered the car to Sandi for $2,500.  Even though she loved her Cougar, Sandi decided that she had to have the Corvette.  Even her mother approved of the car!

After acquiring the car and driving it for a few years, Sandi decided to have it restored to original condition.  She chose one of the finest Corvette Shops in Maryland (or anywhere, for that matter), Tony’s Corvette Shop.  Tony’s guys restored the car to pristine condition.  Here are some photos of the car taken during the weekend of the HPHS 50th Reunion, May 2015.

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