The Spirit of '76

As a teenager living in Milford, Utah back in 1976, I did not have the financial resources to own a Corvette. Even a beater.

But for reasons unknown, I walked in the local Western Auto parts store one morning and saw the new U.S.A. Bicentennial plate for sale.

Back in '76, there were tons of U.S. Bicentennial-related products available, but the commemorative tag was affordable and looked very cool in the eyes of a then, 16-year-old gearhead.

I can only imagine my plan was to use it for the car I was planning to purchase someday in the future, and it did grace the front bumper of my '71 Firebird Formula for a while, then my '78 Olds Omega.

After I sold that car, it sat on a shelf in my bedroom for many years.

But, unfortunately, after four decades and the many moves during that time, my U.S. Bicentennial plate was relegated to storage boxes and, eventually, lost.

A few days ago, by a fluke, I happened to come across one just like the one I used to own back in the day, or at least very similar, and I thought it would be great to have a period-correct accessory for my '76 Stingray.

And for only twenty bucks, it was an easy decision.

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