This car has quite a history, and is lucky to still be with us. It's a long story, so I'll try to keep it short.
I received this car as a gift after I turned 16, in 1985. It had always been my dream car from the time I was 5 or 6. My very first HotWheels car when I was a child was a 70 442 W-30 Police car. I think my fascination with 70 models started there. I never thought I would be able to get such a cool car, much less a convertible. Well, there we were looking at this beautiful car (it was beautiful in 1985) and I was dumbfounded. I was the envy of the block for a very long time.
Not too long after the receipt of the vehicle, I was hit head on by a drunk driver. We were only going 2-5 MPH when it happened, but it caused enough damage. Like a stupid 16 year old, me and my friends took the insurance money and tried to fix it ourselves. Dumb idea. To this day I can still see signs on that wreck.
Many engines and transmissions later, the car was in sad shape. I was forced (due to job and roommate restrictions) to finally sell it to a neighbor of mine for $350.00, in 1991. He put Keystone Klassics on it(14" on the front, 15" on the rear), painted it red, used red bucket seats and a steering wheel from a Chevy Euro Sport, and rebuilt the engine. He drove it like this for about a year, then just let it sit until nov of '98. His wife had had enough, and said it had to go.Thats where I come in.
I spotted it on a used car lot in Feb of '99. It had a brand new top, and looked kinda sad. It appears that the old neighbor owned the car lot was trying to sell it. He had it marked for $4500. Now, I had to have the car no matter what my wife said, good thing she was agreeable. I eventually paid $3000 to get the car back, and have spent untold amounts just to get it to the point it is today (which aint much).
Enjoy the photos and click here to see all of the upgrades and modifications that have been done or will be done.