Exactly 10 years ago I bought my first Corvette. It was a 2003. I loved it. A few years later I traded it for a 2013 with the 6 speed manual tranny. I really enjoyed that car too. Then a few years later I traded it for a 2016 with the auto tranny, which I still own. Each time I traded up, I was amazed at how the next generation of Corvette had improved. You are going to be amazed at how the C7 runs and handles. Take your time and get what you want. I ended up buying a 2016 Stingray in 2016. It was used with 1000 miles on it. I love it. Keep us posted on what you end up getting. Good luck.