This story isn’t in the Ferrari/Mercedes realm but a couple of years ago I saw a 1960 Corvair listed in an estate auction. The car had about 30,000 miles on it and was in near new condition. I have been driving Corvairs since the 70s and 1960s are kind of unique in the Corvair world and have their own following. But I thought that several people would probably bid on it and having been outbid in auctions before, decided not to attend. Well, no one has bid on the car so the auctioneer paid $300 for it, tuned it up and resold it for $1400. Sigh....
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I bought a ‘65 Corvair many years ago with no title and went to my local mechanic who had a yard full of Corvairs and he sold me a title and I.d. Plate from an identical car. I installed the plate and went to the DMV for an inspection and he immediately noticed that the blind rivets I used were wrong and told me to take it to the highway patrol office to have it checked against the stamped I.d. On the frame. So I went back to my mechanic friend who forgot to give me the correct rivets. So I reattached the plate, sprayed it with oil and sprinkled dust from a vacuum cleaner bag and it looked like it had been there for 30 years. I took it to a different DMV office and it sailed through the inspection. I later moved to California and sold the car and for all I know it may be still running around with an illegal I.d. Plate and title.
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