Ann Shirley's 1962 Corvette was her daily driver for 50 years!
The University of British Columbia nursing graduate had moved to Ohio for her graduate degree and a research job. Her father, who worked at the Trail metals smelter for 40 years, suggested she get a new Oldsmobile, drive it for two years, bring it into Canada without import duties and then he would purchase it.
“I drive it every day. This has been my baby all these years,” says the former nurse and hospital administrator. She keeps her beloved Corvette in a downtown parking garage across from the contemporary two-level condominium she shares with Rob Goodell, her husband of 50 years.
She originally purchased the car with only a convertible top, but she soon found out she needed a removable hardtop for winter driving. Her favourite driving is done with the top down. She carries a matching beige umbrella beside her and, if it starts to sprinkle, she puts the umbrella up while stopped in traffic.
“The Corvette has all its original parts including a rare floor-shifted three-speed manual transmission. Recently it has spent a good deal of time in California where the Goodells like to spend the winters.
She can’t count how many offers she has had from people wanting to buy her car over the past five decades.
“Everyone wants to talk about my car. People are amazed to know that I am the original owner,” she says. “Every time I took it out in California, especially with the top down, people would try to buy it. If you see her driving her 1962 Corvette around downtown Vancouver, don’t bother trying to buy it.
“It’s not for sale,” she says. “It’s my car for life and it will always stay with me.”