"It's just something that gets in your blood: the speed and power, the handling," said Taglialavore, 64, who picked up the car in May at the National Corvette Museum, across the street from the plant where the car was assembled in this western Kentucky city located 60 miles north of Nashville, Tenn.

"There's nothing like a Corvette," he said. "This thing will do almost anything you want. To own one of these things, you're a little bit different from everybody else. Anybody can drive a 4-door sedan. It's about standing out."

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