I bought my first convertible in 1975. It was a 1969 Camaro 307 auto with 70,000 miles and it cost $700. I have since own 26 other mostly 1960's ragtops over the years and currently still own number 20 and 25. I bought my 1964 Comet in 2002 from a one owner estate. I took me 2 years to completely restore it including its original 289 4v 4 speed. It is a heavily optioned car including dealer installed dual rear antenna and dual spot side mirrors. Number 25 is my first custom rebuild. It is a 1965 Comet roadster that started life as a 4 door sedan with 28 inches of its rear seat section removed. I'm rebuilding it as a funny car tribute to the Jack Chrisman and Don Nicholson era cars that set NHRA records in the mid '60's. I've owned some very nice cars and think I still have a couple builds left in me. I have never restored an import but show no bias to the big three car makers here in the Motor City. My Mercury stable keeps me busy in my retirement and I enjoy the time driving and showing them. Woodward Dream Cruise
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I've done my best to keep nearly 50 '60's cars stock that I have bought and sold on the road for the past 50 years but don't mind any car that's been modded one way or another regardless of what others think. If a car can be resurrected that would otherwise meet the crusher, I am all for giving it a second life as a Frankenstein. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and some of the fantasy cars look better than what most manufacturers will produce possibly because it is not profitable at the price most heavily altered cars cost to make those mods. Cars like the Ford Thunderbolt clones certainly don't look like the typical stock Fairlanes but I don't think too many people would consider them an abomination. Certainly there are quite a few 1969 Camaro Indy 500 clones out there as well as other models that can command quite a bit of admiration. I also respect modders like Big Daddy Roth as well as cars like the Mach Five from Speed Racer and the like. I can appreciate what comes from the mind of the shade tree mechanic while looking at their 'never to be finished' rat rod as well as JFK's car sitting in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. I hope car lovers will acknowledge that keeping a car looking stock should not limit what others might do to many cars that might not get a closer look because it has had a little, or a lot, of changes over the course of its lifetime.
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