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1971 Plymouth ’Cuda Found (AGAIN!) In Shop
The car that started me down this path is found! I wasn't one of those who was always into cars. It wasn't until I uncovered a 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda in a repair shop that it flipped the switch in my head. Years ago, I was having a radio installed in my car in this shop when I saw this cool car sitting there. If this was here and I found it by accident, what else was out there? The car eventually disappeared, but in 2016 I decided to stop in and see if they ever saw the car again. No sooner did I walk in that I saw it! (This time painted red.) Sitting in a pile of junk was the original grille with these weird Plymouth stickers.
In classic car ownership, it's common to keep a junky parts vehicle on hand to donate the rare bits and pieces that inevitably need replacing. But this is something else entirely: Two totally-identical, like-new 1987 Buick Grand Nationals with consecutive VINs that rolled off the dealer lot and into someone's garage for 30 years, only to be rescued and refreshed by a pair of dedicated enthusiasts last year. And now,
of Shawn Mathews and William Avila 10 months ago, after the two chased down an online forum post about an unidentified Oklahoma man who wanted to sell a pair of Grand National time capsules for $200,000. With no pictures to judge, they were suspicious at first, and not just about the price—who buys a set of identical cars and promptly parks them for three decades? But the prospect of seeing these survivors in person was too good to pass up, so Mathews and Avila made the 3.5-hour trek to check them out.
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Lo and behold, the story was real. Avilathat the two just stared in amazement for a while when the owner lifted his garage door to reveal the pristine G-bodies sitting side by side under a thick layer of dust. With the exception of sagging headliners, they were basically in showroom shape, window stickers and all. Thanks to some preventative maintenance over the years, all the cars needed to start up were new batteries and fresh fuel. Avila and Mathews were instantly sold.
What makes thesespecial is the fact that they are true twins that have never been separated. Identical options and consecutive VIN numbers mean they rolled off the production line together, after which they were both shipped to the same dealer and sold to the same owner. Following weeks of protracted negotiations over the sky high asking price, it was Mathews who finally wrote a check to bring the twins home and back to their former glory.
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And though he originally planned on keeping them forever,Bidding sits at $145,000 as of this writing, with the reserve not met and three days to go. To find out why, The Drive called up Avila, who's handling the sale for Mathews. He told us that there's absolutely nothing wrong with the twins, but Mathews is a businessman who has a few other opportunities he's thinking of pursuing with the money. He added that he doesn't need to sell them and won't unless he gets the right number, hence the mysterious reserve price.
The Grand Nationals have been givensince their rescue, though Avila convinced Mathews to leave the sagging headliners and faded bumper filler in place for the sake of originality ("If they were mine, they probably would have stayed dirty."). After all, as Avila pointed out to us, it's the story that will sell these cars as much as their condition. And aside from those two points, they are indeed flawless. They even still have that new car smell inside.
Forgotten 720-mile 2009 Corvette Z06 emerges from storage
What you are looking at is a slightly scratched, but otherwise complete and never registered 2009 Z06. In all respects it's treated as an abandoned vehicle, and the Duluth-based seller says the VIN doesn't show it to be a stolen car. There's no paperwork, and obtaining a title will take a while; the seller mainly wants to turn the Z06 into money quickly and has therefore posted it for sale as a no-title car.The ad claims the Corvette is the lowest mileage Z06 in the country.
"[Mathews] wants things perfect. Several people have seen them, and they’re just amazed by the great shape they’re in," he said. "It’s not a like a 30-year-old car that’s been started up and driven every day, one that needs this, that, or the other. They don’t any need work at all. They feel like completely brand new cars."
The two enthusiasts agree on one thing, though—under no circumstances can the twins be separated. As a self-proclaimed "Buick guy" who races Grand Nationals on the side, Avila hopes they'll end up in a museum someday. Considering General Motorsin their Heritage Center collection, that's always a possibility. But mostly, he and Mathews just want them to go to a good home, one that's ideally safe from natural disasters.
"I’ll be honest, the storage unit that they’re in was wiped out in 2013 by a tornado. The cars are insured, but we’d hate to see them destroyed," he told The Drive. "I think that’s one of the reasons he wants to get them out of here."
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