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Posted on 04/04/2010 5:27:23 PM PDT by JoeProBono
KANKAKEE, Ill.- A 1958 Buick has been unearthed almost 40 years after three young men walled it up under an Illinois house as a practical joke , observers said.
The Buick Special was abandoned in Kankakee, Ill., in 1971 when it broke down and its owner couldn't afford the repair costs, The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday.
A local dealer had no use for it and gave it to the three jokesters, who bricked it behind a wall in the basement of a house one of them owned, the newspaper said.
Daniel Newman, 65, one of the perpetrators of the gag, still lives in Kankakee.
"It was just something to do. ... We just pushed it down there ... but first, we took the tires off because they were good," Newman said.
John Tamblyn bought the house three years ago and discovered the car when he looked through a hole in the basement wall.
"I was surprised it was in such good shape, considering the car is 52 years old," Tamblyn said.
Tamblyn says he hopes to restore the car.
13 year old junker to classic.
THAT is a beautiful car.
In the town over from me here on the jersey Shore, Point Pleasant, about fifty years ago someone got the bright idea to use old cars like this as a kind of dune, a break against tidal surges and large waves. They were buried about half-way and then covered with sand. Everything was fine until the nor’easter in 1992 unearthed them and sent them smashing into homes on the beach.
The joke is on them. 1958 Buicks are very desirable and worth a lot of money in restorable condition which this one appears to be in.
My uncle owned a gold and white 58 Buick Special back in the day! Rear fins were big in the late 50’s auto models.
My dad had a red and white 57 Dodge Coronet with fins too.
What a beautiful car!
My uncle had a red buick, just like that, with a white top. I think I have a picture of him standing next it, in front of our house. It was beautiful car. He always drove Buicks, but that’s the only one that I remember.
Wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?
You’ve no idea the ride those cars gave. Just like on a cloud.
A good project might be to restore industrial capacity to produce such a car!
Restore it to later find out Democrat Cap-n-Tax legislation calls for all Classic Cars to be crushed
Three "survivors" of the many red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury stunt cars used in Christine now reside in private hands, one in California (pictured), one in Florida and one in England
Ghost Parking Lot - Gone - http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/4491
In better times