Swap meet in Dearborn best place to find Corvette parts
Dearborn — One of the best places to find a Corvette on Saturday was at a swap meet in a car dealership warehouse.
There were Corvettes galore but few of them were assembled.
One corner of the Les Stanford Chevrolet warehouse had chrome door handles. Another corner had headlights. Another had tires.
Corvette owners from all over southeastern Michigan ambled from table to table looking for parts to cars that ranged from slightly old to ancient.
“You never know,” Kelly Rittenhouse of Utica said about what she might find. “It’s fun to look.”
This is the 20th year the event had been held by the Michigan chapter of the National Corvette Restorers Society or NCRS.
The chapter donates the proceeds to Variety The Children’s Charity, whose local branch sponsors summer camps for underprivileged kids.
The swap meet, which was attended by 500 people last year, donated $2,250 to the charity last year.
Corvette owners said they prefer buying car parts in person rather than online because they could look the seller in the eye.
But some folks who showed up didn’t need anything for their cars. They just wanted to meet other Corvette owners and talk about their cars.
In this latter category would be members of the Michigan chapter of NCRS like outgoing president Tom Komendera.
“It’s a good social event,” he said. “Members haven’t seen each other and just want to say hello.
The Michigan chapter, with 254 members, is the largest NCRS branch in the country, he said.
For Corvette lovers, the swap meet was a smorgasbord of delectables.
One table offered a 1974 rolling frame for $495 or best offer.
A full set of 1999 wheels and tires could be had for $700.
Even Freon was available, with one merchant offering four cans for $60.
The 1999 wheels reminded an attendee of the recently departed Prince, who had a hit song named after that year.
In fact, didn’t the singer have another hit song named after a certain red sports car?