I eventually got myself a well paid job and bought a Strat. After about seven or eight months I realised that was a mistake and part exchanged for a LP. I'd always wanted one from when I was a kid and had owned various copies so why the hell I bought a Strat I'll never know. Must have been an early 90's thing.
You did the right thing. Those Vettes are fun, and frankly, a lot of bang for the sports car buck, but when **** starts breaking on them, and it will, they get expensive fast. Looks like you did very well with the proceeds.
I make extra money teaching Nick Jonas how to play guitar.