’69 Lincoln Continental vintage car spotted in Bloomington parking lot
After being tempted a few times by the cool vintage cars I’d seen in the field at D&D Quality Auto Sales, I finally pulled over last Thursday morning.
It was a veiled car parked near the sales office that caught my eye. A mystery vehicle, since it was concealed by a gray plastic car cover. Visible was the lower half of what appeared to be a classic in teal color.
It was about two blocks away, I thought, remembering my father’s description of a family member’s 1972 Oldsmobile 98 sedan. “Laura Lea, your Aunt Bettie’s new car is two blocks away.” He was a car salesman; it must be an industry term.
Dan VanHouten was at his desk in the parking lot when I walked in to inquire. “Is that an old Lincoln here under this blanket?” “
“It is. A two-door 1969 Lincoln Continental. Teal blue, with a blue interior and white vinyl top.”
I handed over my business card. VanHouten has only been in town for about a year, but knew who I was. I assured him that I was not there to buy. But I wanted to see the rest of the car.
“Would you like to remove the blanket so I can see better?” “
We went out into the cold. It peeled off the cover, revealing a sleek, fully original car more than half a century old. This Continental has its original paint, no rust and only 22,000 miles on the clock. Truly.
I continue to be amazed at the things you can find for sale on Craigslist. This is one of the many online sites that VanHouten and his stepfather / partner Dave Fischbach are looking for used cars to resell at the business they started on West Third Street in Bloomington a year ago. .
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Last year, they sold a 1960 Chevy Impala and a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, cars that attracted people looking for used vehicles that are not often seen on car lots. ‘opportunity.
This continental beauty had spent many years in a barn in Terre Haute. VanHouten discovered it last April. “A lady was selling it. Her husband was a collector. He was deceased and she was looking to reduce the number of cars in the collection. I think this one was passed on to a girl.”
When I pulled up, the car had been detailed and covered, waiting for a transport truck to transport it to its new owner in Dayton, Ohio. It has new tires, but pretty much everything else on the car is original from 1969.
It has edge feelers!
VanHouten noted faded and rough spots in the paint, particularly on the hood. “Looks like someone took a rag with lacquer thinner on it and rubbed it in,” he said.
Patina, Dan. I call it patina.
I didn’t ask what Rob McPherson paid D&D for the car. But bought shiny new from a Ford dealership at the time, it would have cost around $ 3,000.
VanHouten sold cars through traditional dealerships for years before he and his longtime classic car restorer and mechanic stepfather moved their families from Michigan to Bloomington to start this new business.
He described their inventory as a mix of not-so-old used vehicles and classics from decades past. Given the state of the used car market during the pandemic, with few cars available for sale and at much higher prices, keeping 10 “regular” used cars and around eight classics in the field has been a challenge.
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Buying something old and unique instead of a faded car that will lose value over time is an option for drivers looking for a “new” set of wheels.
A 1969 Ford F-250 motorhome special, two-tone Imperial Gold and Ivory, sits in front and center of the parking lot this week. A new Ford F-250 will set you back around $ 40,000, but this rugged old classic can be bought for $ 30,000.
Microphones, aren’t they your thing? How about a convertible Chevelle from 1969? Or a 1966 Ford Mustang fastback?
Maybe we’ll see classic cars like these when Cars & Coffee returns to Bloomington this spring. See you next week for more details.
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