Corvettes take center stage in Wayne County; Van Bortel planning $6M showroom for iconic American sports car


MACEDON — The first vehicle Kitty Van Bortel purchased after launching her first used car business in the late 1980s was a Corvette.

Yes, she is best known for her Subaru dealerships — Van Bortel also has a Ford location near East Rochester — but Corvettes are in the family genes.

Her father, Howard Van Bortel, owned what was at one time the largest Corvette dealer in the world — all from a former dealership on the west side of Palmyra, where he also gained fame for selling Rolls Royces.

In 2013, the Van Bortel name returned to the Corvette business with the purchase of the former McLouth Chevrolet on Route 31 in Macedon. Seven years later, Van Bortel Chevrolet is in the top-20 nationwide for Corvette sales, and it is the largest in New York.

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