I had one car, a 1967 442, that after I sold it was reunited to the original owner. It was pretty easy for them to know it was their car, as their name was on the protecto plate, still in the glove box. Even in the early 80’s, the car was rust free, kind of unusual for Minnesota. And although a bit dull, no bondo and original paint. I imagine many times cars get missed as they may be repainted a different color. I also keep my eye out for some of the cars I owned in the past. Most likely faded into the wrecking yard. The one I did find was auctioned at Barrett Jackson a couple years ago. Restored, including paint back to original color. Only a few of the cars I owned would be easily identified as ‘the car’. Most had common options, and common colors. I always wonder if ones like the 1968 SS RS Camaro I owned, still exist. The original 396 375 horse was long gone when I owned it. But it still retained the 4 speed, the factory gauges and tach. The 4.56 rear end might help - I’m sure that was very rare. But probably would be something most would replace rather quickly. The fun of that option wore out quickly. Another one would have been my 1970 Z/28. Numbers matching, RS, 4.10 rear, with a M22. The M22 was what segregated that one out - lots of people claimed they had an M22, when in fact they had an M21. Nice story - kind of like the hunt ended quickly and you got some closure. Many may look for years and find nothing.
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