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September 2007 Corvette of the Month

Carol & John Klunder's 1965 Orange & Chrome Yellow Stingray Convertible

Name: Carol & John Klunder

Current Corvettes: 1965 Orange & Chrome Yellow Stingray Convertible

Previous Corvettes: This is our first. We bought it in 1974.

What first attracted you to Corvettes? When was that or how old were you? John was into drag racing back in the early 60s when he was about 17, and the Vettes were always the top dogs.

How did you come to acquire this Corvette? We were actually looking for a van or other vehicle for Carol to drive to work when we came across the ad for the Vette in the SacBee. It went something like: " '65 Corvette Stingray convertible, Rex Hutchison racing engine, 4 wheel disc brakes, factory air, factory sidepipes, power windows, hard top, mags, radial TAs, minor body damage, $1500." I asked Carol to read the price to me to be sure of what I saw, and she verified it. I asked her if she wanted a Corvette to drive to work instead of a van, and she said to take a look at it first. I went with $1500 cash in my pocket. The minor body damage was a smashed right front fender which wasn't too bad.
What modifications have you done to this car? The most noticeable is the built-in headlights. We also molded in some splash guards on the wheel openings, and built a little "ducktail" spoiler on the back end. We've gone through the interior with new carpet and upholstery. We did the lacquer paint ourselves in the mid 70s. We made some minor engine mods to the Rex Hutchison engine to make it more streetable.

Modifications Planned: RED paint, new wheels and tires, new motor that runs on regular gas.

What do you like best about Corvettes? Looks, performance, handling.

How long have you been a member of RCC? 4 years.

What offices have you held or runs you've put on? None yet, but have future plans.

What do you like about RCC? The people and social atmosphere.

What other interesting facts might others enjoy knowing about you? We were members of "Corvette Owners Club of Sacramento" before the "split" occurred in 1977. A group of COCS members decided that they wanted to party rather than race and joined with some like minded folks from Central Valley Corvettes to form RIVER CITY CORVETTE CLUB. We've had a casual relationship over the last three decades with a few RCCC members and decided four years ago to make the move from COCS to RCCC which turned out to be a great move. Carol is the Owner of "Cinderella's House Magic" which started out as a housecleaning business in 1978 and with my participation has been a full-service remodeling company. John is the owner of John Klunder Photography providing most photographic services to the general public, but specializing in Fine Art and decorative photography.