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Dave Kraczyk has loved Corvettes since his high school days in the 1970s, and he was finally able to acquire one of that vintage two years ago in one of his favorite 'Vette colors, red.

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1979 Corvette - Dave Krawczyk satisfies his life-long desire for an example of America's sports car
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Ever since high school in the 1970's, Dave Krawczyk has loved Corvettes. His favorites are the 1963-1969 "mid-year" cars followed by the 70's and early 80's models. Color-wise he prefers red, black, and admiral blue.

He found the "Little Red" Corvette featured here, a '79, in July 2011, and he has been enjoying it ever since. Buffalo, New York weather prevents him from driving it year-round, but he'll take the seven months of fun he can get each year. His son has followed him in his Corvette passion, and he will one day inherit it.

The 1979 Corvette featured a 350 cubic-inch V-8 with 4-bbl carburetor putting out 195 hp in base form with 225 hp optional. Available transmissions were a 3-speed automatic and a 4-speed manual. Dave's car features the automatic. Of the total 1979 Corvette production of 53,807, about 12% of them (6,707) were red like Dave's.

A total of 53,807 Corvettes were produced in 1979, all of them T-top coupes. Base price with the base engine (195 hp) and four-speed transmission was $10,220.23.

A 350 V-8, the only engine offered in 1979, graces the underhood space.

Three-speed automatic tranmission provides the connection between the engine and the rear wheels.

Dav'es car at rest in its home.

The 1979 Corvette poster that inspired Dave