About a year or so ago I had bought and sold a 1966 Mustang Coupe and was looking to buy another project car to restore to running and driving condition. One of the collectors that I broker classic cars for had a 1957 Chevy 2 door hardtop. I had decided to buy the the car until he told me he did not have a title for it. This is when I started to learn about lost titles and classic cars. I told him I didn’t feel comfortable buying a car without a title. He informed me that prior to the 1950′s there was no such thing as a title for a vehicle. Well that didn’t make me feel much better. I could just imagine after spending time and money restoring this 1957 Chevy and then not being able to sell it because it has no title.
I told him that I would only buy the 57′ Chevy after I pay to have the title work done and receive a new blue Texas title in my hand. I told him I would rather pay $350 for title work to find out I couldn’t get a title than to pay $7,500 for the car. So I called a person that does title work and completed the forms and sent a check for $350 to start the title work. While the title work was in process and I was waiting for the title to arrive in my mailbox which takes about 6-8 weeks a prospective buyer called about the 57′ Chevy and he didn’t care if it had a title or not. My collector friend called and asked if we could sell it? I said yes go ahead and sell it. I figured that when I got the title the new owner would be willing to pay me the $350 I spent to get the title.
The buyer sent his transport guys with cash to pick up the car and my friend didn’t get any contact info from the buyer and now I have a title for a 57′ Chevy and do not know how to get in touch with the buyer. So if you are reading this and you know the guy that bought this car tell him I have the title and would love to sell it to him for the $350 I paid for it. Here are a few more photos of the 57′ Chevy 2 dr hardtop.
If you have a classic car and you need a title for it or you want to buy a classic car but have not because it doesn’t have a title I would recommend that you contact Leesy at Classic Auto Title for assistance. 214-697-8948 mail the Classic Auto Title/HTML Guide