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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 20, 8:24 PM Thread Starter
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1970 Chevelle SS Cortez silver

A few years back I befriended a gentleman at the car cruises here in western Pa. He had a 1970 Chevelle SS 396 that was all original with less than 12,000 miles. He was so proud of his vehicle and it was immaculate. This car had never been repainted and he kept all of the hoses and belts that he changed through out the years. He has all of the documentation including the original window sticker and bill of sale when he purchased it. This Chevelle is a manual four speed with the 350 horse power 396 (402) and is all original as it was in 1970. I have never seen a Chevelle as nice and original as this car is. Unfortunately, he passed away three years ago. A couple of days ago, his widow called me and offered to sale this car to me. The Chevelle currently has a little more than 14,000 miles on it. She offered the car to me for $75,000.00. Is it worth it?

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Is it worth it to you is the question. Are you in love with this car? Would you keep it or want to flip it? Do you really want a low mile original survivor? They are harder to find and command a good price. Only original once they say. $75,000 sounds like a lot of money to me but I did see a Superbird and a Daytona Charger go over 200k at Mecum last week so I think the market is still strong for the right car. Personally I would not spend that kind of money for a 396 car. But I'm not the one considering it.

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Re: 1970 Chevelle SS Cortez silver

If the car is truly as nice as you describe it, then yes it's worth it. That car would be in my garage this weekend if I were you.

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Re: 1970 Chevelle SS Cortez silver

black vinyl top? black stripes? a/c?
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post #5 of 42 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 20, 11:30 AM
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I'd try and negotiate it down... but she's in the ballpark..
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post #6 of 42 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 20, 4:27 PM
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Re: 1970 Chevelle SS Cortez silver

Personally I'd go over it with a fine tooth comb....check all the numbers, then offer her what you can afford... Don't want to insult her.

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75K is a lot of cash, but if the car is as you described the widow must have done her homework...75K is a fair price IMO, but who ever pays the asking price for a car? I would try to negotiate a tad with her without insulting her of course(considering the circumstances). JMO...good luck, sounds like a nice car.

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Re: 1970 Chevelle SS Cortez silver

I talked to Susan(Frank's widow) and she is firm on the price. I think she is in the ballpark also with this price. I know that this car seems too good to be true, but believe me, this Chevelle is the cleanest, most original Chevelle I have ever seen. Unfortunately, I would have to sell my 70 Chevelle to purchase this vehicle. I just can not part with mine. Also, the more I think about owning this car the more I realize that I would have to trailer this car to events in fear that someone would wreck into it. It is almost like owning a museum piece. The best part about owning a Chevelle is driving it(at least this is my opinion).

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post #9 of 42 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 20, 5:26 PM Thread Starter
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This is the only pic I have of the car.

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Re: 1970 Chevelle SS Cortez silver

After reading your last post I will say this...you seem to be on the fence about buying the car. If you have any doubt at all keep the 75K in your IRA or whatever, and continue to enjoy your current Chevelle. Why spend this kind of cash if you keep the car hidden all of the time for no one - including yourself, to enjoy. These cars are meant to be driven, enjoyed and appreciated - not hidden away in a trailer or garage. Again, JMO.

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Re: 1970 Chevelle SS Cortez silver

Sounds like and looks like a great car. Personally I could not enjoy a car like that. Oh sure you would be the bell of the ball with it. Can you imagine the response that car would get at the area Chevelle shows.
To me it would be too much of a pain in the rear. Constant worry about it and forget about taking it out and romping on it a little. To buy it and just let people look at it is not my idea of owning a classic car.
Not going to knock anyone who wants to do that however. Different strokes for different folks.
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post #12 of 42 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 20, 6:03 PM
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Re: 1970 Chevelle SS Cortez silver

That almost looks like Shadow Gray not Cortez Silver.
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Re: 1970 Chevelle SS Cortez silver

does look a little dark for cortez silver.could just be the lighting.
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Re: 1970 Chevelle SS Cortez silver

You sort of gave your answer about purchasing...you can't part with your 70 SS. If you have unlimited funds and can afford both more power to you. I agree that buying that museum piece could end up being a pain. Afraid to drive it and trailering to shows does not seem like a lot of fun compared to driving it and having people on the sidewalk giving you the thumbs up and staring at the SS. If you decide to pass maybe you can offer it to someone here. The pic may not be colored correct as I have a cortex silver and it sure doesn't look like my color. Sounds like Sue has done some homework on the price. Good luck with whatever you decide.


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The color might be shadow gray, I am not sure. I plan on contacting Susan and tell her I have to pass on the car. Everyone is right, I can not see myself enjoying this car by having to trailer it to events and not drive it anywhere. If she does not have anyone else interested in it, I will let everyone know.

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