Greetings from just outside Louisville KY (born and raised in Chicago burbs till recently). I will start by saying that I am not the "typical" Corvette buyer. And that is exactly my point in this post. I'm 44. I've never joined a car forum. I've never owned a Corvette, or any American sports car. In fact, I'm the guy a lot of you sneer or snicker at (or at least don't "get"). Why? I've always preferred cars that aren't the "norm", and I've been willing to sacrifice power or build quality to get it. I've had Fiats, MGs, BMWs (all fairly common) and currently drive a Lotus Elise. I've been shopping to replace the Elise (fantastic car to drive but even less practical than a vette). First priority was to get a small back seat for small children (4 total). Porsche 911 or Lotus Evora were the most likely candidates. Second and third priorities were a trunk for golf clubs and some modern technology. I never disagreed with the "best bang for buck" arguments about the C5 and C6, but they just didn't do it for me. Same reason I've never bought a mustang or camaro. But then came the C7. Oh man. There's just no more arguing about it. To say Chevy got it right doesn't even scratch the surface. Just look at that standards list, the performance, and the price. $51k to start, really? Why is the Z51 package only $2800? That would be $15k on the cars I'm used to. To heck with the back seat. Priorities change. This car is beautiful and incredible. I'm heading to the dealer now with intentions of: 1LT, Z51, exhaust, magna-ride, black wheels and red calipers ($60,860 msrp). Color either red or gray... the kids are split. Tie-breaker goes to my wife. And, being 2 hours away, I will do the museum delivery! Wish me luck. I'll report back.