Guess he's not up on digital photography yet. (!?)HI,
THANKS FOR THE EMAIL ABOUT THE CAR. THIS IS THE SS MODEL, OF WHICH THE OWNER SAID HE ONLY KNOWS OF 49 OF THESE BEING IN THE U.S. THIS IS A 67 MODEL THAT HE PURCHASED IN 1973 IN CALIFORNIA. HE IS AN ARCHITECT, HAS HAD OFFICES ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND FINALLY SETTLED HERE IN DALLAS SOME YEARS AGO.
AS FOR THE CONDITION, I AS A CAR COLLECTOR WOULD HAVE TO SAY, THE CAR NEEDS FULL RESTORATION. IF IT WERE MINE I WOULD DO FRAME OFF RESTORATION AS THE OWNER CHANGED THE ORIGINAL POWDER BLUE TO SILVER MANY YEARS AGO. THE CAR WAS THEN IN THE GARAGE SOME 20 YEARS AGO WHEN THE HOUSE WAS INVOLVED IN A FIRE, THUS CAUSING HEAT DAMAGE TO THE PAINT AND INTERIOR. THE CAR WAS TAGGED AND REGISTERED UP UNTIL 7-8 YEARS AGO, WHEN THE OWNER WAS LIVING MOST OF THE TIME IN BEIJING. THE INTERIOR IS ORIGINAL BUT VERY DRY AND ROUGH, THE PAINT, AS MENTIONED EARLIER, IS HEAT DAMAGED AND NOT ORIGINAL, AND THE TIRES ARE BADLY DRY ROTTED, ALTHOUGH THEY DO STILL HOLD AIR.
AS FOR MECHANICALLY IT WAS RUNNING UP UNTIL PARKED SOME 7 YEARS AGO. THE OWNER IS CONVINCED THAT WITH A FRESH TANK OF GAS THE CAR SHOULD CRANK RIGHT UP, BUT HE IS RELOCATING NOW TO CHINA AND HAS NO TIME TO DEAL WITH THIS CAR, THUS BEING WHY I WAS CALLED INTO THE PICTURE.
I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR LIQUIDATING ASSETS OF THE HOUSE FOR THE OWNERS AND WILL BE REPRESENTING THEM FULLY DOING ALL NECESSARY TO SELL THIS CAR AS WELL AS A HOUSEFULL OF ASIAN/FRENCH ART, ETC.
IF YOU ARE FURTHER INTERESTED PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS I CAN SEND YOU PICTURES I SHOT OF THE CAR JUST YESTERDAY. I CAN ALSO AID IN SHIPMENT OF THE CAR AS WE HERE IN DALLAS HAVE EXCELLENT SHIPPING COMPANIES FOR VEHICLES BASED HERE.
CLEANSWEEP ESTATES OF DALLAS
My point exactly - not exactly a gas-n-go prospect. Any car sitting for that period of time is bound to have frozen bits, corroded bits, dried out bits, rotted bits, all together equaling unsafe bits. I love seeing the infamous line "ran when parked...".Who knows... it just might crank up. I bought a low mileage MkII Tiger that had been sitting in a garage since the early 80's... drained the tank, cleaned the lines with air, new filter, checked plugs, new oil + filter, and voila... it started and ran fine.
Sadly, the brakes are a mess.... I am having a devil of a time getting the drums off. I doubt they have ever been off the car. I am sure it is just a matter of time with a penatrant and tapping it every so often.
Steve,Amazing... when I lived in Dallas in the mid-90's I ran across this car while looking for a house to buy. It was somewhere near Forest lane and Hillcrest. I just remember major powerlines behind the house.
Anyway, the car, back then was pretty solid. They had had a garage fire which affected the paint on one side. I it looked really faded out on that side and may have had some checking and blistering, too. Of course, it had already sat out for some time so the interior was shot. However, I thought it was unusual since the dash was a tan stitched leather. Very nice. (I seem to remember the earlier SS's had a different dash treatment)
I tried to buy that car... stopping by every so often to see if somebody was there. I talked to his daughter and left my name a couple of times but never heard from the owner. By the time I moved in 1998 I figured somebody must have bought it.
I am pretty sure this was a known car in the area. Apparently the owner would never part with it until now. I guess it pays to cruise Craigslist.
PS, if I remember correctly, it was a very late car.