Sometimes You Just get Lucky

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Mike Israel

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<table><div style="font-family:times new roman, new york, times, serif;font-size:12pt">Sometimes, you just get lucky!I was cruisingnear Harrisburg this
weekend.As I was going through one of the streets, I spotted a "For
Sale" sign in the corner of my eye.Low and behold!An Amphicar
for sale.ABlue 1967, immaculatecondition,with get this --
66 original miles!The body was completely original
without any signs of rust.The interior and the paint is
original and shiny as if the car had just been detailed.Everything
works just as it should.All the paperwork from the original
purchase and servicings since late 1969 were included.

The original owners of the were an elderly who rarely ever drove the
car and had now become too frail a few years ago to take her out
anymore.Thus, they asked a younger neighbor if he would take the
car as a gift for helping them out.Of course, the young guy was
into ricers so he asked them if he could sell the car instead.He
was given the okay by the old couple.Thus, he was asking $2500,
which was the price of aNitrous Oxidekit for his Civic.He wanted a quick
sale, so I ran to the bank - flashed $2000 in his face - and they
bit!So after a little paperwork with the old guy and despite some
misgivings from the wife, I now have two Amphicars!

I've driven the car maybe 20 miles so far.Man - feels like the
thing is just out of the factory!The interior ispristine, I am hesitant
to take this one
in the water she is so nice.Also thrown into the car
was an NOS tranny and a trunk full of NOS parts.

The wife is not too happy with me since there is now another car in the
driveway. Fortunately,my neighbor's daughter just moved out,
so he offered me space in his garage.What timing!

Oh yes, belated April Fool's Day. I saw this on the Vista Cruiser list
and could not resist stealing it.
 
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Amphipoda

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Truth can be stranger than fiction. Back in the late 60's my brother
answered an ad for a "$500 Chevrolet" that was for sale from a women
across town in Maryland. Thinking he might be able to afford a cheap
used Bel Air or an Impala he jumped on the bus and went to see the
car. The lady answered the door and ushered him into the garage
where under the tarp was a pristine blue 1968 Corvette. My brother
told the lady the car was worth far more than her asking price, but
the women said it didn't matter because it belong to her son who was
recently killed in Viet Nam and she just wanted it out of sight. My
brother gave her all the money he had and borrow more from his friends
(around $2000) and drove the Vette home. No sooner than he parked in
the driveway my parents went ballistic on him? some nonsense about
insurance, safety, practicality, etc. So long story short my brother
sold the Vette for some undisclosed amount and ended up with another
Chevrolet? a Corvair which promptly caught fire after 3 weeks and
burned to the ground. There's probably a moral to the story, but as
my brother put it, "When good fortune falls in your lap it sometimes
leaves a stain."

Amphipoda
'64 Turquoise
San Diego, CA
 
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rlgreen_55

Guest
Thanks for making my heart skip. I live across the river from
Harrisburg and I am always on the look out. Funny thing is there is a
amphicar across the river from Harrisburg that has been stored 20
plus years however the guy won't sell. Six years ago he had 5 of them
and sold all but this one. I spoke to him a few weeks ago.


--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, Mike Israel <amphicar770@...>
wrote:
>
> Sometimes, you just get lucky! I was cruising near Harrisburg
this
> weekend. As I was going through one of the streets, I spotted
a "For
> Sale" sign in the corner of my eye. Low and behold! An Amphicar
> for sale. A Blue 1967, immaculate condition, with get this --
> 66 original miles! The body was completely original
> without any signs of rust. The interior and the paint is
> original and shiny as if the car had just been detailed.
Everything
> works just as it should. All the paperwork from the original
> purchase and servicings since late 1969 were included.
>
> The original owners of the were an elderly who rarely ever drove
the
> car and had now become too frail a few years ago to take her out
> anymore. Thus, they asked a younger neighbor if he would take the
> car as a gift for helping them out. Of course, the young guy was
> into ricers so he asked them if he could sell the car instead. He
> was given the okay by the old couple. Thus, he was asking $2500,
> which was the price of a Nitrous Oxide kit for his Civic. He
wanted a quick
> sale, so I ran to the bank - flashed $2000 in his face - and they
> bit! So after a little paperwork with the old guy and despite some
> misgivings from the wife, I now have two Amphicars!
>
> I've driven the car maybe 20 miles so far. Man - feels like the
> thing is just out of the factory! The interior is pristine, I am
hesitant
> to take this one in the water she is so nice. Also thrown into the
car
> was an NOS tranny and a trunk full of NOS parts.
>
> The wife is not too happy with me since there is now another car in
the
> driveway. Fortunately, my neighbor's daughter just moved out,
> so he offered me space in his garage. What timing!
>
> Oh yes, belated April Fool's Day. I saw this on the Vista Cruiser
list
> and could not resist stealing it.
>
 

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