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Restored street rod could fetch a fortune

Friday, May 10, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

A 1950 Mercury convertible awaiting restoration in a Post Falls shop may have been customized long ago by renowned craftsman George Barris or his protégé Dick Dean.
   If closer inspection reveals Barris’s or Dean’s handiwork, the car’s value could soar well into six figures.
   Classic car buffs who watch Barrett-Jackson auto auctions on TV know of Barris and Dean. In 2011, another 1950 Mercury modified by Dean sold for $330,000 at a Barrett-Jackson event.
   The car being restored in Post Falls is owned by a 75-year-old Gonzaga grad and Montana man who commissioned its restoration 10 years ago before hitting snags. He plans to be patient and “get it the way we want it,” including candy-apple red paint with red and white tuck-and-roll upholstery. Read the Spokesman-Review article.

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