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Stolen 1969 Covetter....found 37 years later


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#1 of 14 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted January 17 2006 - 07:17 AM

and reunites with original owner.....

http://news.bbc.co.u...cas/4620914.stm
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#2 of 14 OFFLINE   BrianW

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Posted January 17 2006 - 10:05 AM

Wow, a brand new Corvette for $6000.

In 1969, I remember figuring out how long it would take me to save $7000 for a new Corvette with just a paper route. I figured I would have enough by the time I was old enough to drive.

As I got older, I thought I had been naive to have such a dream. Now, I'm not so sure.

I'm glad for the guy. Not that having a car stolen is ever a good thing, but if it hadn't been stolen, the car would be a fading memory now instead of a $60,000 classic in his driveway.
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#3 of 14 OFFLINE   Garrett Lundy

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Posted January 17 2006 - 11:04 AM

I wouldn't pay $60,000 for a corvette thats is "Missing vital pieces", "doesn't run", and no longer has matching numbers. Sounds more like a $12,000 car now.
"Did you know that more people are murdered at 92 degrees Fahrenheit than any other temperature? I read an article once. Lower temperatures, people are easy-going, over 92 and it's too hot to move, but just 92, people get irritable."

#4 of 14 OFFLINE   Carl Johnson

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Posted January 17 2006 - 11:33 AM

The instructor for a couple of automotive classes I just took was into restoring classic cars and you'd be surprised as to how much people will pay for what's left of a 30+ year old vehicle if it's the right make and model. Once it's fully restored that 1969 Corvette is sure to be worth well over $100,000 so the 'missing vital pieces' version is still worth quite a bit.

#5 of 14 OFFLINE   Garrett Lundy

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Posted January 17 2006 - 12:59 PM

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Once it's fully restored that 1969 Corvette is sure to be worth well over $100,000 so the 'missing vital pieces' version is still worth quite a bit.

Only if it had matching numbers. A rare 69' Plymouth Hemi barracuda, lime green w/black interior & convertible top and the Hurst "pistol grip" shifter sold at Carlisle in 2003 for $325,000 Posted Image

A non-matching numbers "copy" is worth maybe $20,000
"Did you know that more people are murdered at 92 degrees Fahrenheit than any other temperature? I read an article once. Lower temperatures, people are easy-going, over 92 and it's too hot to move, but just 92, people get irritable."

#6 of 14 OFFLINE   Carl Johnson

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Posted January 17 2006 - 01:17 PM

You're right. I could buy a running and restored '69 Vette on ebaymotors for $21,000.00

#7 of 14 OFFLINE   John Alvarez

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Posted January 17 2006 - 10:08 PM

Do you guy's ever watch Barrett Jackson? I wish I still had some of my old cars.....Posted Image

#8 of 14 OFFLINE   Kirk Gunn

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Posted January 18 2006 - 12:37 AM

the 'missing vital pieces' version is still worth quite a bit


It would be interesting to see what the "vital pieces" are. As Garrett pointed out, a huge $$$ difference for number mismatches. Wonder what else is a mismatch besides the paint, engine and upholstery ? Hmmm... what's left Posted Image

The current demand for the lime green Cuda always kills me. They probably couldn't get that color off the showroom when they were in a production run.... similar to the first runs of Vettes. Who wants a fiberglass car when we got all this steel ????

#9 of 14 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted January 18 2006 - 05:29 AM

Kind of off-topic, but have you guys seen Richard Carpenter's (of Carpenters fame) car collection....

http://www.richardan....Collection.htm
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#10 of 14 OFFLINE   Garrett Lundy

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Posted January 18 2006 - 05:33 AM

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The current demand for the lime green Cuda always kills me. They probably couldn't get that color off the showroom when they were in a production run....

(sub)Lime green/Plymouth and LimeFire green/Dodge actually sold decently. Race red was the most desired at the time, followed by black, then the greens, blue, and lastly orange, white, & Lemon yellow. Now the superbirds with the 4' wings? Those were universally sold at a loss (Ugly as sin) and now are worth 50-100K numbers matching.

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similar to the first runs of Vettes. Who wants a fiberglass car when we got all this steel ????

I didn't care for the first gen vette. Now the 2nd gen with the 4-speed and quad headlights? I'd eat puppy brains for a year to get that model. Posted Image
"Did you know that more people are murdered at 92 degrees Fahrenheit than any other temperature? I read an article once. Lower temperatures, people are easy-going, over 92 and it's too hot to move, but just 92, people get irritable."

#11 of 14 OFFLINE   Greg Morse

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Posted January 18 2006 - 09:52 AM

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It would be interesting to see what the "vital pieces" are.


News just did a story on it and said it was missing the gas tank.

#12 of 14 OFFLINE   Jeff Ulmer

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Posted January 18 2006 - 11:02 AM

Yeah, a gas tank could be considered "vital."

Not much of a fan of the '69, but I'd take a '73/'74 Vette anyday.

#13 of 14 OFFLINE   Kirk Gunn

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Posted January 18 2006 - 02:06 PM

Oh man, the gas tank numbers won't match ? Might as well junk it... Maybe I'll call and take it off his hands Posted Image

Thanks for the lessons on the Mopar sales. My older bro' had a Road Runner that was faster than sh-t. Unfortunately it only went screaming fast in a straight line and didn't like to corner Posted Image

#14 of 14 OFFLINE   Garrett Lundy

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Posted January 18 2006 - 03:06 PM

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Unfortunately it only went screaming fast in a straight line and didn't like to corner

14" bias-ply tires were state of the art in the muscle car era... nothing cornered well.Posted Image
"Did you know that more people are murdered at 92 degrees Fahrenheit than any other temperature? I read an article once. Lower temperatures, people are easy-going, over 92 and it's too hot to move, but just 92, people get irritable."


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