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    I live near a casino town. Pawnshops get interesting music gear.

    I saw this today in a pawn shop close to my house. It looks completely stock. I don't know how much it's worth. Owner told me she has "8" in it.

    I took that to mean $800.

    Last edited by Etienne Rambert; 11-03-2017, 03:02 PM.
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    Originally posted by Etienne Rambert View Post
    I live near a casino town. Pawnshops get interesting music gear.

    I saw this today in a pawn shop close to my house. It looks completely stock. I don't know how much it's worth. Owner told me she has "8" in it.

    I took that to mean $800.



    It's call a convertible.

    Here's one with an original case.

    https://reverb.com/item/6577432-dane...gj_D_BwE&pla=1



    Here's another
    https://reverb.com/item/5588379-dane...-free-shipping

    and another
    https://reverb.com/item/234378-vinta...-free-shipping



    This should help too

    https://reverb.com/marketplace?query...e%7Cdesc&page=

    If you buy it, do so cause you love it. Personally I'm not a fan. At least this one you can actually hold in your hands.

    Hope this helps
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    • #3
      Not worth that kind of $$$$.

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      • #4
        Nah, I don't want to buy it. I just liked the exoticism.

        I was impressed it was totally original too -1960 -- what a year for convertibles.








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        • #5
          Originally posted by Etienne Rambert View Post
          Nah, I don't want to buy it. I just liked the exoticism.

          I was impressed it was totally original too -1960 -- what a year for convertibles.

          Back in 1960 my grandfather bought a Chevy impala, the only thing he skimmed on just about everything.

          In 1965 my grandfather gave it to my dad. It's just like this one except in red, with fender skirts.

          My dad still has it too. We used to take it to shows when I was a teen in the 70's


          Why my dad keeps it I have no idea, he's getting up there in age too. I used to sleep on the floor when I was little. There's enough trunk space in it for about 3 adult bodies.


          Almost like my dads. The seat on dad's have been covered in clear plastic since 1960. You butt sticks to them in the hot weather.








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          • #6
            Originally posted by Etienne Rambert View Post

            I was impressed it was totally original too -1960 -- what a year for convertibles.
            1963 was a good year for convertibles too

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            • #7
              My folks had a 1960 Chevy Bel-Air. But they had traded something primo for it -- a white 1955 Buick Special. Pure awesomeness. It looked like Tom Waits' white 1955 Buick Special.

              The first music I ever heard came through the dash of that old Buick. To this day, monaural mixes on car radios still sound better than stereo mixes through monitors to me.

              A mix that sounds good through an AM car radio is a real mix.



              Originally posted by Mikeo View Post

              Back in 1960 my grandfather bought a Chevy impala, the only thing he skimmed on just about everything.

              In 1965 my grandfather gave it to my dad. It's just like this one except in red, with fender skirts.

              My dad still has it too. We used to take it to shows when I was a teen in the 70's


              Why my dad keeps it I have no idea, he's getting up there in age too. I used to sleep on the floor when I was little. There's enough trunk space in it for about 3 adult bodies.


              Almost like my dads. The seat on dad's have been covered in clear plastic since 1960. You butt sticks to them in the hot weather.







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              • #8
                my late Father liked Caddy and Oldsmobile convertibles, might be some pics after a search..1959 Delta 88, 2 tone paint, never seen another ..

                only Danelectro I have is a double neck baritone plus 6 string..

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nice keetee View Post
                  my late Father liked Caddy and Oldsmobile convertibles, might be some pics after a search..1959 Delta 88, 2 tone paint, never seen another ..

                  only Danelectro I have is a double neck baritone plus 6 string..

                  Check out her rear end. International hotness, car-sonified.

                  Last edited by Etienne Rambert; 11-04-2017, 11:16 AM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nice keetee View Post
                    my late Father liked Caddy and Oldsmobile convertibles, might be some pics after a search..1959 Delta 88, 2 tone paint, never seen another ..

                    only Danelectro I have is a double neck baritone plus 6 string..
                    My Grandfather moved to Oldsmoble in 65, after the he gave my dad the 60 Chevy.

                    He also gave him the 65 Cutlass too.

                    Then my Grandfather bought a 1970 Cutlass

                    He kept that for a long time, instead of upgrading every 5 years.

                    The cutlass was a nice 2 door, with a V8, but to bad it wasn't a 442.



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                    • #11
                      Hah - growing up my folks had a '59 4-door Impala. Not a convertible, but loved the wings on it.

                      Here's my convertible:



                      Got it new and it's still going strong today.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Verne Andru View Post
                        Hah - growing up my folks had a '59 4-door Impala. Not a convertible, but loved the wings on it.

                        Here's my convertible:



                        Got it new and it's still going strong today.

                        I owned one of those Verne. I loved it. What a gorgeous car it was.
                        Unfortunately, the top leaked like a sieve. The electrical system died.
                        I hated that car too. But it sure was a beauty.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Etienne Rambert View Post


                          I owned one of those Verne. I loved it. What a gorgeous car it was.
                          Unfortunately, the top leaked like a sieve. The electrical system died.
                          I hated that car too. But it sure was a beauty.
                          Mine is from the first batch of 50 off the line. It has the serial number sequence used on the '86 K-car Lebaron as they hadn't setup the new numbering yet. 87 were the first to use the J body frame. Going from the serial number on the radio mine is #47.

                          Long story short, Tilden car rental were the first to put in an order and were expecting them for the 87 summer season. Chrysler ran into production issues so the first batch of 50 arrived at the beginning of August, which is the end of summer for rentals. I found them quite by accident and arrived at the Tilden lot to find the 50 being readied to ship back to Chrysler.

                          I had my choice of any (or all) at the same price Chrysler was buying them back for, which was less than 1/2 retail. This was the only one in that colour and it spoke to me for some reason. It had about 4,000 miles on it, so it wasn't even broken in and still under full warranty.

                          No top leak issues here, but mine was recalled for a top replacement under warranty the first year - they fit too tight causing frame issues. Since then the top was replaced I believe 3 times because people cut it to try and get in to steal the car. As you may recall, this model has a full interior top liner, which they also cut through, making replacements cost the insurance company around $5000 a pop. Last time it happened they said "once more and we'll write the car off" so I've kept it locked in a secure underground since.

                          I've gone through 2 head gasket replacements because of mismatch between the aluminum head and the iron block, a common problem with that engine, but other than that nothing untoward for a 30 year old car. It has around 130K on it now and still looks and drives like new off the lot.

                          The Lebaron body was designed by Maserati and meant to be the North American version of the Maserati TC, which has an Italian Maserati built coach, kid leather interior matched with the same North American Chryco power-train used in the Lebaron.

                          Mine has "collector" status and plates and I'm toying with the idea of picking up a TC. Now that they are "old" cars they are coming up cheap, but I'm not sure I'm up to another project as rubber and gaskets will certainly have to be replaced.

                          Would be very cool to have a matching collector set though. Here's what the TC looks like:

                          Last edited by Verne Andru; 11-05-2017, 05:17 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Etienne Rambert View Post
                            What a gorgeous car it was.
                            The Lebarons reminded me of the very first car I fell in love with - the Studebaker Avanti from the late 50's early 60's:



                            Here's a "re-issue" Avanti from the 80's IIRC:

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                            • #15
                              Mine was a 1989. I didn't know that about the Maserati. But it looks just like it.



                              Chrysler had some inspired auto-body designers who were interested in making aesthetically-beautiful cars. I'm glad yours was reliable.

                              Mine wasn't. But I sure loved it. It was just so beautiful w/the top down. Same color as yours.
                              Most beautiful car I ever owned probably.





                              Originally posted by Verne Andru View Post

                              Mine is from the first batch of 50 off the line. It has the serial number sequence used on the '86 K-car Lebaron as they hadn't setup the new numbering yet. 87 were the first to use the J body frame. Going from the serial number on the radio mine is #47.

                              Long story short, Tilden car rental were the first to put in an order and were expecting them for the 87 summer season. Chrysler ran into production issues so the first batch of 50 arrived at the beginning of August, which is the end of summer for rentals. I found them quite by accident and arrived at the Tilden lot to find the 50 being readied to ship back to Chrysler.

                              I had my choice of any (or all) at the same price Chrysler was buying them back for, which was less than 1/2 retail. This was the only one in that colour and it spoke to me for some reason. It had about 4,000 miles on it, so it wasn't even broken in and still under full warranty.

                              No top leak issues here, but mine was recalled for a top replacement under warranty the first year - they fit too tight causing frame issues. Since then the top was replaced I believe 3 times because people cut it to try and get in to steal the car. As you may recall, this model has a full interior top liner, which they also cut through, making replacements cost the insurance company around $5000 a pop. Last time it happened they said "once more and we'll write the car off" so I've kept it locked in a secure underground since.

                              I've gone through 2 head gasket replacements because of mismatch between the aluminum head and the iron block, a common problem with that engine, but other than that nothing untoward for a 30 year old car. It has around 130K on it now and still looks and drives like new off the lot.

                              The Lebaron body was designed by Maserati and meant to be the North American version of the Maserati TC, which has an Italian Maserati built coach, kid leather interior matched with the same North American Chryco power-train used in the Lebaron.

                              Mine has "collector" status and plates and I'm toying with the idea of picking up a TC. Now that they are "old" cars they are coming up cheap, but I'm not sure I'm up to another project as rubber and gaskets will certainly have to be replaced.

                              Would be very cool to have a matching collector set though. Here's what the TC looks like:

                              Last edited by Etienne Rambert; 11-06-2017, 07:47 AM.
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