Last week we had to find out, that it’s more difficult to buy a car than the common driver of a leased TDI might think. First we had to postpone Unternehmen Seehund and on Friday sobering followed during the survey of a car I had arranged. A week before I already had taken a look at the 1969 Pontiac Firebird which is for sale. But my first encounter with the car took place in a dark and narrow garage, so I arranged this second appointment with the seller in order to examine the car at daylight and take it for a test drive.
I also took Adrain and my father with me as (more) neutral experts. Six eyes do see more than two. Moreover one of us could take care of the extremely talkative seller while the other two could have a look at the car in detail. Thereby it showed what wasn’t visible in the dim garage: The paint was damaged or faulty all around. In a later chat the seller told us, there had been a new paint job a few years ago which had been applied on top of the subjacent thermoplast paint. It became obvious for us that these damages would only be the beginning and soon a new paint job would be necessary. This again would require the cumbersome depainting of the whole body. Such an extensive restoration isn’t what I’m looking for when buying my first classic car. Besides that the price did not fit anymore against this background and so it was clear to me: The Firebird and me wouldn’t ride drive into the sunset together.
Anyhow I decided to take the car for a spin in order to get a basis for comparison when test-driving another one. Adrian took some photos of the Firebird and a video of the test drive. Thanks for that!