This is my Dad’s 65 442 convertible w/ automatic transmission. He just got it this spring. I’m hoping to find some history on this car. Looks like it was restored about 10 years ago. All I know was a person in Arizona purchased it from a person is California.
We have already had such a blast with the car this summer. Back in 65 Dad ordered one very similar with a four speed. He had to sell it the next year as he was going into the army. My whole life he talked about how much he loved that car. This year for his 75th birthday he found this one.
Any help is appreciated.
Last Edit: Jul 28, 2020 6:52:49 GMT -5 by howardpin
Post by island65cruiser on Jul 30, 2020 8:16:24 GMT -5
Please tell us what you do know. Post the VIN and Body numbers on this sight, some members have records they can check. That may give some starting point for a search. If you have the previous title, seller's name is the place to start. If it was bought from a dealer, ask them for previous owner's name and address. If you got any old service records with the car, go back through those for receipts with names. It is sometimes easier to track person to person, rather than going through the bureaucracies.
If you know the state it came from, try their DMV for records. In most states you are allowed to do record searches. You can search traffic tickets and court cases on line. If you have someone's name, search for that, read the file and the address will be in the docs. Also try the Oldsmobile Club of America, they have records on member's cars. Try running a CarFax on it. It may give you some records info on previous locations of accidents. You may find a state, county or municipal police accident report that can be researched to get an owner's name. You won't get owner's names from CarFax, but VIN based records leading you to city and state may come up.
I would also try Hagerty and Grundy Insurance companies, ask if they ever insured the car. They might put a previous owner in touch with you. Your own insurance company probably ran a history on the car to see if it was a salvage, repo, or stolen prior to granting coverage, see if your agent has access to that. Just keep digging! PM me with specific questions, I will give you my phone number and try to help you.