Searching For Long Lost Car

Discussion in 'Cars wanted' started by Matt Parent, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. Matt Parent

    Matt Parent Member

    Hello everyone, I'm new here and attempting to find some info on an old Buick owned by my great grandfather.

    Recently my grandfather passed away, and while going through the papers in his house I found a bill of sale for a 1971 Buick Electra. Purchased new from Herrick Buick in Wakefield, Ma. for $5250! It's the only classic car I have record of anyone owning. Here is a list of the information I have.

    Make/Model: Buick Electra 225, 4door Hardtop
    Color: Burnished Cinnamon
    VIN: 482391Y161977
    Last Location: Malden, Ma.

    I'm hoping that anyone here might have some info as to the whereabouts. Even if it was scrapped, knowing it was restored and still out there would be amazing. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Ask the Mass., and the surrounding states' DMVs, to run the VIN.
     
  3. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    I wish you luck but the odds of that car surviving 47 years here in the northeast are pretty slim. Unless you found it in your grandfather's garage odds are she went off to be 5 Nissan's 27 years ago, 7 Hyundai's 16 years ago and 12 Prius's last year.
     
  4. Electra Bob

    Electra Bob Well-Known Member

    Some lucky ones survive.

    My 1972 started out in Vermont and had owners in Connecticut before coming home to me in Massachusetts a couple of years ago with a believable 104 k miles on the clock.

    Good luck with the search!

    Bob
     
  5. Matt Parent

    Matt Parent Member

    Yeah you're probably right. I'd at least like to know where it ended up though :)
     
  6. Matt Parent

    Matt Parent Member

    Ok, I'll give that a shot. Thanks!
     
  7. Matt Parent

    Matt Parent Member

    Thanks, you never know. Glad you found yours again. Especially considering its been in this area its whole life.
     
  8. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    Hey stranger things have happened! You'll never know if you don't try. Please let us know what you find out. After what Bob said now I'm curious.
     
  9. Electra Bob

    Electra Bob Well-Known Member

    Just to clarify - 'my' Electra was not mine originally. I do have some paperwork showing the original owner and their address. One day I'll start sleuthing for more history. It would be great to find out more about its life.

    Bob
     
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  10. Matt Parent

    Matt Parent Member

    No problem! The pre-1981 vin makes it tough I guess. Definitely gonna call a few DMV's when I have some free time. I'll keep posted with what they say.
     
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  11. Smokey15

    Smokey15 So old that I use AARP bolts.

    How long ago did it leave Grandpa's possession?
     
  12. Matt Parent

    Matt Parent Member

    No clue. Just have the bill of sale. Still going through boxes of photos and documents so no telling what I'll dig up. Found a paper with just "1960 Chrysler" and "1939 Diamond T truck" written on it as well.
     
  13. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    You gonna need plenty of free time if you call the DMV
     
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  14. Matt Parent

    Matt Parent Member

    Haha, You got that right.
     
  15. marxjunk

    marxjunk Well-Known Member

    google a title service in your area..they know exactly how to do it..a little money spent is better than a lot of agrivation and disappointment
     
  16. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    By having the VIN, you're miles ahead of a lot of guys trying to do the same thing as you. Good luck! (Oh, and I'd be looking for that Diamond T as much if not more than the Buick, if you've got the VIN for it, too. Those things can be big money right now.)
     

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