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Old 12-29-2016, 08:20 PM
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WOW VERY COOL!!!!
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Guy needs to buy a lottery ticket.

The guy finds one of 45 (out of 700) pennant blue 55's, which is pretty intact.

AND he finds TWO 1969 L88s?

Just dayum!
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Unbelievable find. Interesting story. Thanks.
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Great find great story love it
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He needs to buy a lottery ticket with his luck. The winnings would help pay for the restorations.
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AND he finds TWO 1969 L88s?

Just dayum!
No big deal, they're making more of those every day.

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That was fun to read and goes to show you that they are still out there...

I'm kinda bummed that original owner's sons were not interested in it...my Dad just completed the passing on of our '60. Of course, our '60 very much drivable compared to a car that sat for 40 years and was infested with mice!

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I wonder if Jim Gessner knows about this one?
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Just think what it smelled like with mice and raccoons and other animals in and out of it living there. It will take 2 years or more just to get rid of the smell.
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Just think what it smelled like with mice and raccoons and other animals in and out of it living there. It will take 2 years or more just to get rid of the smell.
Absolutely! I bet most of us here would not take it if they gave it to us for free in THAT condition!

Joking aside, that's a problem I would not mind having.
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So let's stipulate for the sake of argument, that the finished car would be worth $120K.

And let's say the potential purchaser is competent enough to do everything except machine work, paint, upholstery and the obvious outsource items like plating....

What would be the highest price he/she should offer??
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So let's stipulate for the sake of argument, that the finished car would be worth $120K.

And let's say the potential purchaser is competent enough to do everything except machine work, paint, upholstery and the obvious outsource items like plating....

What would be the highest price he/she should offer??
most individuals and restoration shops would have the side curtains and windshield assembly restored by a specialist. add that cost to a restored radio and speaker assembly with the correct antenna and ground wire and you have an expense of $7500 for just these items. an early corvette purchased in the Detroit area, in my opinion, might be linked to some early testing. I think the purchaser will restore this car with that in mind. if so we probably will not see a radio, although I do believe the car originally had one. the antenna wire can be seen in the picture of the trunk area. also hubcaps, front oval, trunk mat add $3000

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The new owner of this '55 in this story is a forum member. I have had the pleasure to know him for the past many years. Congrats to him
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So let's stipulate for the sake of argument, that the finished car would be worth $120K.

And let's say the potential purchaser is competent enough to do everything except machine work, paint, upholstery and the obvious outsource items like plating....

What would be the highest price he/she should offer??
I think the price would be more the $120K a lot more if it has all the documents proving it was a race car. A lot more.
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I think the price would be more the $120K a lot more if it has all the documents proving it was a race car. A lot more.
I did not see any mention of this being a race car in the article. It looked stock to me.

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most individuals and restoration shops would have the side curtains and windshield assembly restored by a specialist. add that cost to a restored radio and speaker assembly with the correct antenna and ground wire and you have an expense of $7500 for just these items. an early corvette purchased in the Detroit area, in my opinion, might be linked to some early testing. I think the purchaser will restore this car with that in mind. if so we probably will not see a radio, although I do believe the car originally had one. the antenna wire can be seen in the picture of the trunk area. also hubcaps, front oval, trunk mat add $3000

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What a great find! I was just under the dash tearing everything out of my 61. All the while thinking about how all old cars all smell the same as the grit and dirt fell in my face. The as I removed the rocker panel supports I really got the taste of 55 yards of dirt accumulation. I can't imagine that a restoration shop could even do a correct frame off for $120,000 itself let alone the entire price of the car.
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I did not see any mention of this being a race car in the article. It looked stock to me.
But it has a racing stripe.
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