Actually, if you are into Detroit Iron of that age, this is a pretty special specimen. It violates a lot of my car selection criteria, but if you are looking for a piece of the era to collect and preserve, it makes a lot more sense to me to collect this example than the one we exchanged bullshit barbs over a few weeks ago.
And, it appears to be heading toward being a unique example in exceptional condition. Congratulations on the work. Jim
I do not think we are very far off on our car criteria. This may come as a surprise to you but I am not biased or blind to the fact the 70's and 80's Mercedes obliterate the same era Cadillacs in everything except styling. Quality means nothing to the collector car world, as a matter of fact they seem to hate it. To wit look at the values of street and track Ferrari's as proof the world cares not one iota about reliability or durability. The collector car world revolves around rarity, style, performance, and history. If reliability was meaningful the older Honda Accords and Lexus LS series would be on a pedestal.
I would like to own a 6.9, 6.3, or even a 600 but every time one becomes available everyone and their dog knows what they are worth regardless if they are show quality or diamonds in the rough. Same holds true with Vettes, BMWs, and a whole host of others. Big GM and Lincolns as well as more recent pony cars can still be had at a value, usually when they are inherited or someone is liquidating an estate and cannot think past a Prius or fart pipe Civic in their narrow mind. That is where I step in and snatch the beauty from the unappreciative audience, restore it, and sell it to an appreciative audience that has not quite been nailed on the radar screen. There is no reason to lose money on a hobby you enjoy.