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The Bargain Corvette
This story made the rounds in the 1970s when "tiny"
sports cars became popular on the American market.
In 1977 a woman whose son was killed in Vietnam called a
used car dealer and offered to sell him the old car her
son left behind. "All I want is five hundred dollars for
it," the woman said. The dealer was sure that she was
selling some jalopy, but he wanted to be kind to a
grieving mother. "I'll tell you what," he said. "I'll
come out to look the car over after lunch. Then let's
see what kind of arrangement we can come to."
Early in the afternoon, the dealer arrived at the
woman's house. She led him out to the garage and removed
a tarp, revealing a gorgeous red 1967 Corvette sitting
on wooden blocks, all the motor fluids drained from the
"Ma'am, this is one beauty of a car. Why are you asking
only five hundred? Don't you know you could get... a few
hundred more for a car like this?"
"I don't see how anyone would pay more than five hundred
dollars," the woman said. "The car's ten years old. And
besides, it's so small."