Greenstein picked up his car in 2001 for the princely sum of $8,000. At the time, the fin wasn't in show-quality condition, so he had the T87 shipped to the Czech Republic for a full restoration. Fringe benefits of having the work done in the old country included cheap labor and parts availability that couldn't be matched in the U.S. Three-and-a-half years and $60,000 later, Greenstein and his girlfriend had their T87 back. Don't scoff at the cost; recent examples have sold at auction for as much as $125,000. Fortunately, the Times' Collectible Car of the Year award includes a $5,000 check along with the trophy.
Head over to the The New York Times to read the full story, and be sure to also visit Clunkbucket for a few shots of Paul Greenstein's T87 taken prior to its restoration.
[Source: The New York Times | Image: Clunkbucket]