I just purchased a 66 Park Lane convertible from Streetside Classics in Atlanta (actually Lithia Springs, GA). The pictures on their website were beautiful and the conversations I had with the salesman were very encouraging. I had already done a couple of “project” cars and thought I was paying enough not to be buying another.
The car is very nice. But worth about 1/2 what I paid for it. And it promises to be a multi-year project car. It will be very nice when I’m finished but certainly not what I thought I was buying.
If you have been/are considering Streetside Classics be very careful. They have many many very nice cars but be aware that they are in the business of selling cars. For them if a customer is happy it is just gravy on the top.
There is a place in Staunton, Ill named COUNTRY CLASSICS, that offers a lot of cars, too. Be absolutely certain you have a local person go look at their offerings, because I classify the place as an outdoor yard for questionable cars, if not out right refugees from the junkyard.
I’m aware of Country Classics but haven’t bought anything from them.
The “downside” to having someone go look at this car would have been that unless you drove it a few miles not many of it’s shortcomings would have come to the surface.
But it would have been some help. I did that when I bought a 57 in Bristol, TN. I called one of the local churches and asked for the youth Pastor and told him if he’d go look at it to see if he saw a bunch of rust I’d make a donation to their youth group. He did…I did. Later I discovered it was also deductible from my taxes. Win Win.