If you look at TV, resto is the hot ticket right now, yeah you could go out and buy a brand new Mercedes for $80,000.00. You make the payments, you drive it down the street, and it may grab a little attention. You take $20,000.00 and restore your 69 drop top, and you will turn all heads. The difference is, you dont have to make payments, you already have the title. Just catch an episode of Overhaulin, and watch Chip Foose turn somebodys average car into a work of art, and you'll see what the buzz is all about. These Chevy's are in big demand, I drive my 66 Caprice in Chicago, and everywhere I go people ask me if I want to sell it, and it's in primer. I paid $1,400.00 for my car, and in the first month someone offered me $9,500.00, and I should have sold it, but I was holding out for $10,000.00. My advice, if you like your car, put it together the way you want to, make yourself happy with your car, 69 was a good year, and it is a hot number, just remember, they dont make cars with real steel these days, I wont sell mine until something better comes along.