hi guy , i picked a 75 vette as my first project car, unless you have lots of bucks, start with something else.I bought mine for 4,500. cdn. i have since spent a year and 10,000 dollars and have yet to hear the motor run.
here's a few examples. my build buddy is building a 1970 chevelle ss ls6 (a 50,000. dollar car all matching #s)his carpets cost 158. mine $ 500. rear view mirror,$135 with bracket, $110. without. door handles, $40. header panel across the top of windshiels(used) 85. and the list goes on. I even had to pay 50. for the washer fluid bottle cause the previous owner painted it black.
vettes are a very nice car, and they turn a lot more heads than a 5.0 rustang, but be ready to pay.
before you buy.... check the frame where it comes down over the rear wheel to the frame rail (flat part on top), also right under the door, reach around to the top, they tend to go on top.
also , hose the car down and sit inside, your looking for water coming in on the floor under the dash.water will show up here if the windshield track is rotten.take off the wheels and look for brake fluid traces on calipers, they're 250.00 each.although these models are amongst the least liked vettes, they are next on the going up list.
oh yeah,check for unusual door gaps, this can indicate an accident or worse, door posts inside are rotten.
evaluate the interior, mine wasnt that bad(except the seats)but i still spent 2,500 dollars to make it proper.
lastly, look up under any exterior body panels to look for repairs to the fiberglass.
a corvette (in my opinion)is one of the nicest cars on the road, and to own one is a pleasure. the only problem is, they are so commercialised it is almost price inhibitive , but if its what you want, its all worth it.
p.p.s. they dont go down in value, only up. no matter what you spend(wisely)you will make it back , when you sell it.(just like harleys). most of all.....have fun. mike
remember, you will be driving the first real american sports car.