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Some time later, I sold the 1963 and all of my other collected vehicles (I also had a 71 Lincoln Mark III and 3 very rare Moto Guzzi motorcycles) to satisfy my debts and to consolidate my life. Dad had really gotten into my head about "being responsible" and living a clean, unfettered financial life without all of "those cars". He gave me some money to buy dependable transport as a Dad-to-son gift, but looked crest-fallen when I showed up with my police surplus cruiser (still got it and love it Dad! Thank you). I think he was thinking I'd get a Camry or a Taurus. He's not a car person and has never understood that part of me.
The memory of the experience of living with the 1960 gnawed at me persistently from the day that I sold it and continues to do so. I have since moved up in life and am making a decent wage. This has allowed me to make the plans that have allowed me to start on my project of doing a good job at restoring a 1960 LeBaron that I can be happy with for the rest of my life. I am dead certain that once completed, this car will not leave my possession, and will hopefully be my legacy at some future point in time.
The car arrived and was a complete mess. Its condition was a sin of omission on the seller's part, with the gas tank in the trunk, wrong parts all over, and was pretty much a parts car or a start-from-scratch project. I can't really complain, as the price was really low, and the cost of losing the deposit was what really put the car's total cost into the outer reaches, which was not the seller's fault. This was not really something that I could pin on anyone but bad luck and myself for being too optimistic, so I sucked it in and pressed on.
Fortunately, the interior metal trim on this first car was re-chromed; there were a bunch of extra hubcaps, and other valuable parts, so all was not lost. It was immediately obvious that this was not to be the car for me, as I was renting my house and needed a drivable car where I lived. This car was then partially dismantled for needed or rare parts and I was in a race to get rid of it due to no storage for a non-running car in San Francisco, which has the worst parking on the planet this side of Tokyo.
It turned out that Mark Lamp, who was doing a 1960 of his own, had a car with a bad body. My car had a good body, and I sold the car to him. This is the body that Mark Lamp has today.
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