Wednesday, March 23, 2011



DELRAY BEACH, Florida - My wife is constantly threatening me with bodily harm. It's not that she longs for a yacht or expensive jewelry but money is money and every time I tell a potential customer he doesn't really need an antique car appraisal she lets me have it.

Recently, I got a call from a fellow in Fort Myers, Florida asking me to appraise a classic car he was considering buying for his 70 year-old dad. Seems that dad's first automobile was a sixties GM Rag Top and my customer wanted to surprise him with one. To make a long story short, after seeing the car and completing the appraisal, I pointed out a few adverse factors. The vehicle itself was in great shape but not a good fit for an older guy living in Southwest Florida. No A/C, Manual Steering and a very loud exhaust system. My customer thought about it and agreed to pass.

The very next day I received a call from the same man, this time requesting an inspection of a custom car; a 1969 Firebird with no A/C, a garish white interior and a paint job from hell. I asked him "Are you kidding me?" Of course, there went my appraisal fee....

My customer was nice enough to send the following email.

"After our conversation I gave it a lot more thought and I think that you are spot on... my dad at 70+ should not be driving w/o power steering and AC in SW Florida.

I really appreciate your opinion and you taking the time to talk me through some of this.... Thank you Franklin.

If you come across a convertible that is under $30,000 please let me know. My wish list is a GTO, Firebird or Camaro. I've looked at and considered LeMans, Chevelles, 442 and the like. Anything you see that sounds like a fit I'd love to know about."

Anyone have a car that might interest this fellow? I'll be glad to pass along the info. In the meantime, if you see my wife, be sure to tell her I'll be getting a commission on the sale. Thanks a lot.

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