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  • Apr 17, 2013
We're sure that dealers must see all sorts of interesting trade ins, but this one may take the cake. Red River Chevrolet in Bossier City, Louisiana, recently had a customer come in with an odd request. Tina Boyter wanted to trade in three vehicles on a brand-new 2013 Chevy Corvette. Among the hardware was 1980 Corvette, a 1978 Cadillac Eldorado and a 1914 Ford Model T. While the '80 Corvette had been her personal car for years, the '78 Eldorado had belonged to Boyter's mother before she traded up to a Lincoln. The big Caddy had just 10,290 miles on the clock when it was traded in.

And the Model T? Boyter says the car was built as a racer by Ford, and that it had been a show winner for years when it belonged to her father. But, after spending the last 16 years in a museum with its fluids drained, Boyter decided it was time to shed some of the past. She walked into the dealer, laid eyes on a white 2LT Corvette with a red interior and offered to trade all three of the vehicles in on the sports car.

Why not wait for the C7? "I fell in love with that one when I walked in the door," She said. We can't fault her there.

As if this story wasn't crazy enough, Red River Chevrolet had previously sold both Ford and Chevy products side-by-side when the dealership first opened in the early 1900s. The building still has hitching points for customer horses. Something tells us that this is a story with happy endings for all those involved.


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      express2day
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hear the dealer went all out and offered 100% of the original MSRP for the Model T! :)
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't decide if I'm impressed or horrified. I'd like to know the history of the car - and it seems a shame that she got rid of a piece of family history. That said, you can't argue the 'Vette is going to be more fun for her to drive than anything it seems she has owned before. And that's what cars are for, right?
      CAM427R
      • 1 Year Ago
      They gave her $7,000 for the Model T. Sold it to a doctor yesterday for $10,000. Amazing what people will trade in sometimes.
      rem
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ouch - KBB trade in values for a 1914 can't be good...
      Jon Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are over a million model T's and A's still in existence. The value of even the nicest Model T is around 30k. They just don't have a whole lot of value. Neither do a caddy and vette with around 180 horses. Really not a terrible deal when you think about it. If she got a 60k vette in trade, I'd definitely call it a fair deal
      tony36619
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wouldnt a model T at an auction house provide this lady with enough money to buy a c6 and c7?
      Matt
      • 2 Months Ago

      I'm a member of the Model T Ford Club of America and can personally attest to the fact that model T's really aren't that valuable. an older restoration/in need of restoration but running sells for as little as 5 to 10k, a great restoration can run for as little as 10k to 30k. Some models are more valuable or rare like a torpedo roadster or a landaulet but they're all but impossible to find and you could ask almost any price for one. I still personally would have kept the t rather than the vette. Guess I just have that old car love going on.

      AlBongo
      • 1 Year Ago
      What an utter idiot. I would not have traded the Model T for even a proper sport car but a Corvette?! Some people.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AlBongo
        "What an utter idiot" Well, I'm glad to see that you finally admit it, as that is what most who see your daily drivel think about you.
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      Typical Ford no IRS.
      wfmsu7
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Model T probably has better reliability and build quality
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hahahaha what a dumb trade. Dealer won that battle.
        Johnny
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        Not much of a battle. She walked in the door and surrendered.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      She got ripped off. Considering the history and fact its just a last gen coupe, the Model T should have been enough for the trade.
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