|A publication of the|
Central Oklahoma Classic Chevy Club.
A not-for-profit corporation.
A chapter of Bow Tie Chevys
and Classic Chevy International.
THINGS I LEARNED
on the lot,a school teacher from Sulphur, OK drove up to sell a car
that belonged to her son,
1972 my father once again put the 57 up on blocks and in storage,while
he and my mother were in Saudi Arabia working for ARAMCO. There it sat,well
protected for five years.After their return
father is now 76,his health is failing and my mother has suggested to
him it's time to reduce
This is the story of how I bought my 57 Chevy and some of the problems I encountered in getting legal title.
years had passed, since I sold my 61 Corvair and I was getting anxious
to by another old car. I decided to look for a 55, 56 or 57 Chevy.I
never had one of these classics, but had wanted one since I saw my first
55 Chevy. After about two years of looking,a friend told me of a 57
first I did not like the car. The paint on the passenger side was all
cracked up. It had small tires on it and it did not run. After reading
the attached letter and visiting the car several more times I began
to see some potential in this car. It had only had two owners and 90,204
actual miles on
Fantasia returned after two weeks and by that time I was ready to buy the 57. A deal was struck at $8,500 for the car and $300 for his commission. I gave him a check for $8,800 and thought the car was mine.
next week I had the oil changed at a Goodyear Store on Northwest 50th.
They recognized the car from working on it before and gave the lady
s name who had the work done. She was selling the car for her
father who lived near Ardmore. I was tickled pink. Now I could get all
He had owned the car from 1957 to 2000. Boy,could I make a great scrap book!
After a short delay the daughter brought the title to Fantasia Classic Motors and was to exchange the title for her money. Fantasia did not show up for their 1:30 appointment nor did he show up all afternoon. The daughter tried to meet with Fantasia for the next two weeks, but Fantasia was not to be found. At this point I still believed Fantasia would pay them for their car.
About three weeks after I bought the 57 there was a fire at Fantasia Classic Motors. The building and several cars were burned up. I was still trying to help the daughter get her money, when I received a letter from their attorney wanting me to return the car to their family. I immediately locked the car in the garage and called my attorney.
I will skip the war between the attorneys. After two years and $5,000 in attorney fees on my part, the judge said the car belonged to me. They were to sign over the title and reimburse us $3,500 for attorney fees.
came the appeal which cost us another $2,000 and no reimbursement this
time. The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard the case and upheld the lower
court and said the car was mine,
They had the original title from 1967. Needless to say, I got no history, paper work or pictures of the 1957 Chevy. The $4,500 we spent on attorneys fees could have been spent on renovation and two years passed before I could do much to the car. Also, I had developed a bad taste about the car and it lasted for another year. I now enjoy driving and having the 57.
2. If you buy a car on consignment make a check out to the owners and one the the automobile dealer for his commission.
3. When two honest people deal with a crooked third party, the courts have to determine which honest person will lose their money.
4. Attorneys are expensive.We spent $7,000 less the $3,500 reimbursement. They spent $10,000 on attorney s fees, paid us $3,500 in reimbursement, and lost an $8,500 car for a grand total of $22,000.
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