Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Calgary, AB Canada
Well if nothing else, that got the ball rolling. Maybe I overstated it, or maybe I should have clarified a couple of points. Let me do that now.
1. Sheetmetal makes the car - I stand by that. Replace a fender, a quarter, heck, replace both fenders and both quarters - I would agree that this is still "the car". But when you replace every piece of sheetmetal except the roof or firewall the car is gone.
2. If the motor in the car is not the motor that came with the car, it is not "original" and truly "numbers matching". The practice of restamping blocks to meet the needs of collectors will ultimately devalue the concept of numbers matching anyway. Numbers correct is not the same as numbers matching.
3. What is wrong with originality, even if it is wrong. Look at the Z-28 and the ZL-1...In 1969 and 1970, you used to take your car to the race track, drive the bag off of it until either the block or transmission blew apart then went back to the dealer for warranty. Time passed, stuff happened. You are right, a non original DZ 302 does not make your Z-28 any less of a Z-28, but should it be worth as much as a Z-28 in similar condition with the original motor. I would not think so, but I personally would prefer the car with the history over the car that sat on jack stands, especially if documentation is there for the warranty work.
4. Consider this, with this 69 ZL-1. The car was cut in half and welded to another donor shell. What makes the finished product a ZL-1? The fact that that option is the most valuable? The fact that the firewall is from a ZL-1? If that is the case, why not just weld the ZL-1 firewall in a base car? What would have happened if the ZL-1 was the back of the car? Heck, if this guy played it right, could he have had two ZL-1s?
[This message has been edited by James67RS (edited 01-02-2002).]