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A Meeting with the Original Owner of #8011

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Jeff - that's a great story, really well written.  Pretty cool that you could track down the original owner, previously in California and now in the area close to your family.  You've done a nice job on closing the loop on the car's ownership and history.

 

Sorry to have missed you at C&C.  We had a family event at my home that day to celebrate my Aunt's 100th birthday.  As to the low turnout for Z's, our local club has gotten pretty well burnt out on C&C as the personality of the Plano event has significantly changed over the past couple of years.

 

Regards,

Jim

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How wonderful to meet him, I bet he was as thrilled as you ! Great write up!

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good stuff - sounds like you made his day with that meeting.

 

it's funny how provenance plays so strongly in the value of a car - race history, famous owners, etc.

a triumph scrambler owned by steve mcqueen will take in shocking $$ whereas an exact duplicate, in better mechanical shape significantly less. i guess those of us who care somehow find a connection with the spirit/memories of a vehicle that goes beyond the metal. 

 

i'm the third owner of my z, and purchased it from an older gentleman who had bought it for his wife back in the early 80's and sold it a few years after she passed away. when we test drove it together, it was so cool to hear the stories of how the car was a part of their lives for so long. her name was Priscilla, and while my headstrong and often difficult project has been referred to as "Lillith", the car will always be Priscilla to me.

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Me: “How much was a house in Los Angeles in the early 70’s?”

 

Frank: “Around 15 to 20 grand”

 

Those were the days! :)

 

Great story.

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Thank you for all the compliments guys.  I am glad I was able to share the story and thrilled that the event actually happened.  Getting to meet Frank and show him the car made his day as much as mine.  I look forward to keeping in touch with him and hopefully hearing about him being the new owner of Porsche 911 one day!

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Great story that definitely echoes in many of us, I'm sure.

I've always wondered whatever happened to my beautiful "77 Z after I painfully left it as a trade for a VW Rabbit in 1980 before going off to med school. I needed some quick extra cash and still have a vehicle and that was my solution at the time.

If that car is still around and the current owner tracks me down I would be so eager to see my car again and provide whatever insight and memories I could to him or her. Great memories! Thanks for the story.

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A great story.  I can relate to Frank.  I bought my Z in September 1970, in St. Louis.  I still have it, and it will be 50 years old next year.  I was 22 then, so you know how old I am now.  My z still runs, and drives, but needs lots of work.  Reading your story brings back many memories of fun trips I had in my Z.  My first born, was almost born in the car, barley made it to the hospital.  Thanks

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@flynjim

Welcome Jim... be sure to find local members or a local club.  Many will be happy to help you refresh your Z!  Original owners are rare and appreciated!  Please tell more stores... especially about the waiting lists and colour/option selections you faced in 1970.

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