I am the proud owner
of what is basically a 2 owner car. As such, I have all the original
records, including the original window sticker, sales slip, and
owner's manual. My dad bought the car from the original owner as
part of an exchange for a converted camper van (he ran Contempo
Campers back in the hayday of the Camper Van Conversion) for my mom
in 1970. It had only 23000 miles on it. At the age of 12 I started
doing all the maintenance on the car, and it was the car that I
eventually learned to drive in.
When I graduated college, my parents
wanted to sell it and get me a 'new' (read 'used') car . I convinced
them to, instead, get the engine rebuilt (at 126,000 mi), NOT
replaced, the seats re-upholstered, and gift it to me. Since then I
have put another 84,000 miles on it, had it repainted twice (the
second time to match the original paint still on the inside of the
door frames), and had the engine, and now the transmission, rebuilt.
Please note: REBUILT, not replaced, so all VIN stampings still
match. It sill runs, although it is pretty much just sitting now,
waiting for a long due for a full interior revamp.
Also note, it was seen (and heard)
briefly in the 1978 ABC after school special "It's a Mile from Here
to Glory" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0385788/).
It has the original 2bb carburated 318cid engine, 4 speed manual
transmission, and limited slip differential. I got tired of
replacing the points, so I ended up updating it to an electronic
point ignition system (requiring a distributor change), but
everything else is pretty much original, if rebuilt.
Bruce Ritter - Auburn, WA