My 1993 Anniversary Edition Corvette.

I guess like most American men I have been fascinated with the "muscle cars" of the by-gone days. If you have visited my home page you can see that I am heavily involved in water sports. I had my own boat when I was 8 or 9. I bought a boat that would pull a water skier when I was 15. I never owned a car until I married my wife at age 22. I remember the time when we were engaged and she sent me a letter while I was in Viet Nam. She said she was going to by a car from one of her neighbors. It was a 1965, and it was a Corvair or Corvette. I never saw the word Corvair. My mind immediately flashed to me driving a 1965 Vette. She even wrote that it had fancy wheels. This had to mean a 65 Vette with mag wheels. Needless to say I was more than a little let down when she sent me a picture of "her car", and it was a 1965 Corvair. Anyway, this car served us well as I returned to the states, we were married, and we hauled all our worldly belongings around in that 65 Corvair.

In the late spring of 1996 we took a trip across the US. While driving through Bowling Green, Kentucky, we stopped at the National Corvette Museum. In late summer of 1996 I mentioned to my wife that I wouldnít mind having a Corvette one day. Her response was why? I was currently driving a Nissian 300ZX that has been a great car and was fun to drive. Little did I know then that less than two years later I would own a 1993 40th Anniversary Edition Corvette with less than 16,000 miles on the clock.

Here is how I got my vette.

I picked this car up on December 22, 1997. What a Christmas present! It has all the options except select ride and low tire pressure warning system. I have the original window sticker and the build sheet.
I like the Ruby Red color that was only available on the 40 th Anniversary Edition.
Here is the LT1 power plant. It's rated at 300 hp, 340 ft. lbs. of torque, has aluminum heads, and has a compression ratio of 10.5:1. The car is stock except for a K & N air filter, Borla Performance mufflers, which my current wife says are too loud, open air lid, throttle body by-pass, and a custom EPROM. What amazes me is the fact that it gets over 25 miles to the gallon. At 60 mph the engine is only turning 1500 RPM's because of the 2.59 rear end.
It looks great even sitting still.
Since God provided this car and since He has also forgiven me of my sins the moment I made Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour, I thought this plate was fitting.

Here are the details of how I found and purchased my vette.

When I first started looking at Vettes I wanted a 69-71. I liked the looks of the Shark body style, but mostly it was the power offered by the older small block Chevyís before the Feds got involved and the smog control killed the horsepower. I had planned to spend around $8 K for a car, because thatís all I thought we could afford. As I continued to look in magazines and on the internet, I came to the decision that I really didnít want a C3 but early model C4 Vette. Several projects around the house convinced me of this. I thought these projects would take 1-2 months and they quickly turned into 4-6 months. I realized I really didnít want an older car that would require work. I didnít feel I had the experience to repair or restore one, and I knew I didnít have the time to work on one. After several months of reading anything that had the word corvette in it, I thought that a 86-88 would fill my need to own and drive the American sports car.

In February 1997 I had the gaskets replaced in my wifeís Toyota to stop a persistent oil leak. One thing led to another and I had spent close to $900 getting miscellaneous small things repaired. Although the car had 145K miles, I now thought it would be good for another 100K. Within two weeks the transmission started slipping. Since it was not safe to pull out into traffic with the transmission problems, we elected to purchase a 94 Acura with only 29K miles. I felt that this had probably set back my Vette acquisition about a year or more.

In March of 1997 I was in the Chicago area to attend the funeral of a relative. I had been looking at cars on the internet and talked my wife into stopping by D & M Corvettes in Downers Grove, IL. They had at least 25 cars in their showroom. What really caught my eye was a 1993 Anniversary Edition with just under 30K miles. It looked like it was fresh from the factory. We looked at this car twice over a two day period, but lacked the down-payment, plus I really didnít want to take on another car payment at this point in time. I guess we were lucky that the dealer didnít offer me a test drive or I guess I would have been eating a lot of tuna helper for the next several years. During the next several months I visited a corvette dealer in southern NJ, and stopped at any car dealer who had one on their used car lot. I read anything that might have an ad for a used vette in it.

Up until this time my wife had not been too enthused about me getting a corvette. She did say the 93 Anniversary Edition with its ruby red color was the prettiest car she had ever seen. If you have read any of my home page, you realize that I put a lot of faith and trust in God. My wife and I would never make a purchase like this without asking for His blessing. In late August 1997 my wife was praying and God told her why I wanted a corvette. Up until this time when my wife asked me why, I had to say I didnít know, I just wanted one. It was an impractical car for me to own, it was expensive, and I really didnít know why I wanted one. Remember that at this time I had progressed from looking at an early seventies, to a mid eighties, and now I wanted a 1993.

In late August of 97 I took a day of vacation and went fishing with my wife. We were pulling the boat across the eastern shore of Maryland and she told me she knew why I wanted a vette. I wanted to hear this, since I wasnít sure myself. There is a verse in the Bible in Psalm 37:4 that says, Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. As she was praying the day before, God said, "the desire your Husband has for a corvette is from Me, I put that desire in his heart". Her immediate response was, why Lord? He told her to turn in the Bible to, II Kings 6:15-17 It says, {15}When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked.
{16} "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
{17} And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

The Lord told her, "that He wanted me to have this car to be a witness for Him. He wanted this car to be my firey chariot to open the eyes of people just like He opened the eyes of Ilishaís servant. He wanted people to know that when a man or a woman delights their self in Him, or serves God, that He will give them the desires of their heart". As I looked over at her as she was telling me this, she had tears of joy running down her cheeks. I wanted to jump up and shout right then, because I knew that she would now be in agreement with me when we prayed and asked God to provide this car. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven". My wife and I were now in total agreement over this car, and as far as we were concerned it was a done deal! We received it by faith when we ask God for it.

Here is the prayer that we prayed on August 24, 1997, and the specific details about the car that we asked God for. I wrote it down just so I could marvel at how God would answer this prayer. Below the details of the car are the scriptures from the Bible that we based our prayer upon.

1993 Corvette Sport Coupe 40 Anniversary Edition
Want exterior color Ruby Red with matching leather interior (RPO Z25), 4 speed automatic. All available options such as, dual leather power sport seats (AC 1& AC3), selective ride and handling (FX3), automatic transmission, removable roof panel blue tint (24S) , Stereo system with CD, Delco-Bose speakers (UU8)engine oil cooler, etc.

Want body and frame in mint condition with the car having been garaged, and very little use in the rain. Want interior in mint condition as well as. Want all mechanical systems in mint condition, including engine, drive train, electronics, etc. Want the remaining mechanics to be mint in order to pass Maryland inspection.

Want mileage to be 30,000 miles or less.

Want it to be a local buy or at least easy to get to the car to purchase it. Want all the original documentation including the window sticker. Want detailed maintenance records.

Want the price to be God's price, with God supplying the finance. Want favor with a bank, if a loan is required, and a low rate of interest. Want a good low rate for insurance.

We are standing on the following scriptures for the manifestation of this car:
Ps 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Isa 58:14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Ps 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
Phil 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Mark 11:23-25 {23}'I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. {24} Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. {25} And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.'
Matt 18:19-20 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. {20} For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.' Heb 1: 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

How close was the car I got to the car that we prayed for? It had every option I asked for except the select ride and handling suspension. In October I read an article about replacing the shocks on this type of suspension. I changed my mind about this option when I read that OEM shocks cost $500 each. As to the rest of the specific requests we stated in the prayer, the interior and exterior were in show-room condition. The engine and drive train are perfect. The glass top has a blue tint. It passed MD inspection without any problems. It only had 15, 657 miles on it. This was lower that we had prayed for, but Ephesians 3:20 says, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us". God did better then we asked for on the car mileage. I asked for a local purchase, the dealer was 35 miles from my house. I wanted the original documentation such as the window sticker. I got not only the window sticker but also the build sheet. I got the maintenance records from the dealer in Ohio who had serviced the car for the previous owner. I wanted a good rate for the bank loan. I had checked with my bank and they wanted 10% and would only lend the money for 3 years. I got a rate of 7.75% and I got 5 year financing.

One of the strangest things about this whole deal is the way we actually bought the car. I had called several dealers within a 100 miles radius of where we lived on December 15, 1997. One told me to call this dealer on the eastern shore of MD who specializes in vettes. When I called on December 16th , he wanted to know how I got his name, as he normally only sold vettes wholesale to dealers. I told him how I got his name and what I was looking for. He said he would make some calls and get back to me that evening, within a couple of days, or a couple of weeks. Twenty minutes later he called and said he found the car I was looking for. My wife and I met him in a local Wendyís that evening. We signed the papers committing us to purchase a car we had never seen, from a guy we had never met. All we had was a document from the state of MD saying we were agreeing to purchase this corvette from this dealer, the credit application we filled out, and his business card. We also gave him a $5000.00 check as a deposit. On the way home from Wendyís my wife said, "this is the strangest thing we have ever done. We gave a perfect stranger a check for $5000, bought a car we havenít seen, and yet I have a perfect peace about it. This has to be God". We picked the car up 3 days before Christmas. Even the dealer was surprised at the interest rate as he said it would probably be between 9% - 12%. I like to tell people that I bought two chicken dinners and a corvette at Wendyís!

You may think the above is a strange way to get a car. To me and my wife it just shows that it pays to put your faith and trust in God, and that as "we delight or serve Him, He will give us the desires of our heart". Besides, parked in my garage, under a cover, is my 1993 Anniversary Edition. To God be the Glory!

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