I met the car-carrier driver at a truck stop at 7:00 AM this morning and took possession of the roadster. After testing the breaks I decided it would be best to have it towed to the house because the breaks were just as advertised: soft. The tow-truck driver smiled as soon as he saw my new little car.
First order of business was to get that top off. After pulling it the sound of water rolling around inside the top was audible, so I propped it up outside to drain and dry. The car definitely looks much cooler sans top. I plan to invest in a soft-top eventually.
I got a pretty good look underneath and it looks dirty but good. There is some surface rust on the frame and the exhaust is pretty badly rusted (typical for an exhaust), but structurally it looks pretty good. Here is a shot of the driveshaft with the exhaust visible as well:
I purchased roadster #SRL-31101633 on March 28th, 2005. I had been watching the bidding for the car on ebay throughout the week and on Monday afternoon the auction was approaching its end. The price had been $3900 for a couple of days and I was willing to pay more, so before I left work I placed a bid for $3950. I was surprised to find out that I was the high bidder. I drove home, and was again surprised to see that I was still the high bidder with only five minutes remaining in the auction. Fully expecting to be sniped in the last seconds, I watched in disbelief as my lone bid won the auction! Click here to see a copy of the ebay listing for the roadster. Be sure to click “View Large Photos” to see all of the pictures.
Here is the car, loaded up for her trip from Seattle on April 8th.
This is how she looked when she arrived the morning of the 14th, right at home in the garage.
I met the driver at a local truck stop. To be on the safe side, we had her towed back to the house. The breaks were very soft.