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Corvette enthusiasm often starts years before ownership.  So it was with Jim Gessner’s first job in 1957 at Bud’s Esso service station in New Jersey.  A customer with a black 1957 fuel-injected Corvette showed young Jim how to fuel the car without spilling, and how to gently lift the hood without damage.  Since 1969, he has owned over 400 cars, including 70 Corvettes, but Jim’s memory of that ‘57, the unique sound of its engine, and the owner’s trust, never left. 


Jim has been a member of numerous Corvette Clubs. In 1981 he started the Southern California NCRS chapter with forty-three other charter members, and served on the National Corvette Restorers Society’s National Board of Directors, and as its National Activities Director. 


He and Ed Carole created the “California Gold” and Legend Swap and Show All Corvette Meet held from 1985 to 1989 in Palm Springs, California. 


Impressive yes, but Jim’s lasting impact will be his special interest in Corvette racers, sparked by the 1964 B/P fuel-injected Corvette road racer that he restored and drove at Laguna Seca, Riverside, Sears Point, Willow Springs, and San Diego Stadium. 


In 1987 and 2002, GM’s 75th and Chevrolet’s 50th birthdays, Jim assisted Steve Earle, promoter of the Monterey Historic Races, by locating key Corvette race cars, owners and drivers. 


In 2007, he, Jan Hyde, and Wayne Ellwood founded the Registry of Corvette Race Cars.  The Registry has logged over 1189 cars covering all six generations, and is designed to share Corvette racing history with past, present and future generations. jim@vettefinderjim.com

WELCOME: I have Bought, Sold, Located, Collected and Raced Corvettes since   1969

Jim’s favorite Corvettes are 1957 and 1965 years, especially Rochester fuel injection models. His first 57 had the 270hp,engine and 2 tops and 4 speed. Years and 30 Corvettes later he restored a 62 fuel injection Fawn Beige.

Jim’s last street restoration was the 67 full optioned 427/390 air conditioned convertible. Many other Corvettes were enjoyed between these cars