Turn Key Cars are driving the collector car market. Sound advice is to buy the best Corvette you can afford, because the Corvette you buy today is the Corvette you'll have to sell someday. Now we are seeing a resurgence of true collectors and enthusiasts buying Corvettes more as collectibles to keep and enjoy, rather than a focus on investment. Interest in collector Corvettes has never been stronger and prices reflect this fact... It's purely supply and demand!
As far back as anyone can remember, car owners, for whatever reason, tire of the color of their car and repaint them a different color and that is not a problem but now and for well over fifteen years, several people or companies have made repro trim tags that generally are used to defraud the buying public; ie. counterfeiting. The trim tag is part of the DNA of the car and can be decoded to determine body build date, paint, trim, and options that could be available on that particular car. The trim tag is a General Motors protected trademarked registered item and it is highly unlikely that they, GM, issued a license agreement to anyone to "reproduce." warning: Replacing trim tags in some states is contrary to law as a repro trim plate has little to do with restoration but more so with fraud.
**2003 marked the advent of published knowledge to determine without a doubt the originality or lack thereof of a trim plate, thanks to the efforts of NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society) and its membership.
First and foremost, buy the Corvette that you like and look for your ROI (return on investment) to be increased utilizing the fun factor as there is an amount of pleasure return that no paper folio will ever match. If your number one reason is an investment, you should probably apply for a dealer's license and don't forget what has been happening in the real estate market to the "flippers" in Las Vegas, Arizona, Florida, and other hot real estate markets.