Do you remember the frustration Michael felt in the early seasons when he thought he was about to crack the case on who got him burned? And then a turn of events would set him back to square one. That’s exactly how I feel right now.
I almost had a project car. Not just any project car, but the project car. It has been a while since I last posted, but not because I wasn’t still working on the project. I was in the midst of a covert operation and couldn’t publicize what was going on until now.
A few months ago, I located the owner of one of the actual stunt cars from Burn Notice. Not only that, but the person who bought it had no interest in fixing the car. His son talked him into it, and he really didn’t know what he was buying. I’m not even sure if he’s ever seen an episode of burn notice. Not only was the car purchased by a person who was ready to unload it, but the car had been delivered to my state of North Carolina – just two hours away.
Immediately, A.K.A. Sam and I went to look at the car. It was the real deal! An actual car from Burn Notice! That change everything. No longer was I simply going to build my own Burnt Spy Car; I was going to restore an actual car from the show. I had to have it. The pieces of the puzzle seemed like they were falling into place. I just knew it was meant to be.
I negotiated with the owner and we agreed on a price. I even arranged to have the vehicle transported to my home. There was just one glitch. When we got ready to make the deal, the owner looked through his paperwork and realized that he never received a title for the car. For months, the owner waited for responses from both the DMV of North Carolina and the DMV of Florida. He determined that the problem was that the show had turned the title in to the DMV in Florida, so it was a titleless car. Basically, the car was without an identity. The car had been burned.
After getting the runaround, the owner determined that the only way to get a title for the car would be for the previously registered owner to reinstate the title. On our last phone conversation, he informed me that he was checking into that, and that he would get back with me as soon as it was straightened out. So I waited.
And waited some more.
Finally, eager for an update, I sent the owner a text message. ”Any progress in getting a title?” And that’s when I discovered the worst possible scenario. He determined that it was impossible to get a title. And since he knew that I would not buy the car without a title, he sold it for the same price to someone who didn’t care. The car is gone.
I’m still fuzzy on the details, and don’t know where the car is now. At first, the owner explained that someone bought the car who just wanted to sit it on their farm, so the lack of title didn’t matter to them. He either didn’t have any further information on the person who purchased it, or he was unwilling to share it. When I pressed him further, he explained that he never met the guy. The person wired the money and sent a transport. The owner also expressed his suspicion that he was dealing with a front man. He thinks the producers of the show bought the car back – maybe because of the rumored spin off. I have no way of knowing one way or the other.
Regardless, the facts are the same. The car is gone, and nothing is going to change that.
Maybe it’s just as well. Do I have regrets? Do I wish that I had of bought it myself without a title? Perhaps. But I think it would have been a mess trying to ever put that car back on the road – at least in my state. Was the car in great shape? Not exactly. In fact, it looked worse than many project cars that I have been considering online. The paint job was only looked good from about 20 feet away. The previous restoration only served to mask real problems and was not an asset.
The hood was a mess. It had a fiberglass one-piece hood that was literally glued to the original steel hood frame. I wouldn’t have trusted it past 50 mph in its current condition. It was destined to fly off one day. While hood pins would have fixed safety concerns, that would have ruined the sleek look of the car and kept it from being a true Michael Weston look-alike. The interior was stripped, and the engine was just barely putting along.
No, I’m better off now that the car is gone. But I’m still sick to my stomach after having been so close to the real thing. I sat in the seat. I heard the engine roar. I even took it for a test drive down the road and back.
You can say we have just experienced our first season finale in this project. A door has been closed, an opportunity missed. I was so close…so close I could taste it. And yet, now I feel like I’m further away from this project car materializing than I was when I started this pursuit last November.
If anyone has any information about what is happening to this stunt car now, please send me a message. If you know of other stunt cars out there that may now be up for sale, let me know. Or if you know of an appropriate project car, I am still in pursuit.
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