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Dale (No need, not even close)
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Date Posted: Tue May 02, 2023 17:06:33
In reply to: Larry 's message, "Re: THE BUDDY HOLLY IMPALA" on Tue May 02, 2023 11:56:02

Hi Larry

Over the last few years I have come to know something about auto restoration from watching many different TV programs and youtube videos on the subject.

In order for ANY vehicle to have even a partial claim to being original, or that is to say owned by a particular individual at some point, the serial numbers on several parts of the vehicle must match those as listed on the bill of sale and registration. These are like the fingerprints of every car.

They appear in various places such as the chassis(or frame),
the engine block, the inner door jam, and the firewall.

The most important of these is the frame, basically the skeleton of the vehicle.

Bill Griggs found NONE of these to match, and saw with his own eyes that the frame of the so called "peggy sue Impala"
had an entirely different manufacture number.

This means, that even with the MOST generous interpretation of a "frame-up" restoration, (in this case admitting that nearly all other parts were from donor cars), this vehicle is not and can not be considered the same vehicle that was once owned by Buddy Holly. Not the frame, engine, or any part of the body.

Just as in the art world, in order for a "work" or vehicle
to be deemed to have had specific ownership i.e. provenance,
the evidence has to be definitive.

Wishing it to be so, or because it looks pretty, does not cut it.

It's the false claim of Holly ownership that the seller is leaning on to achieve a much higher sale price than would otherwise be appropriate.

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