Collector's dream car turns into nightmare

David Zimmerman says he thought he had purchased his dream car, a 1969 camaro with only 36,000 miles that had taken first prize at a

MANALAPAN - David Zimmerman says he thought he had purchased his dream car, a 1969 camaro with only 36,000 miles that had taken first prize at a Florida car show.

After reading a 51-page write-up about the car on eBay, Zimmerman says he paid a Florida dealer more than $74,000 for what he thought was a great investment.

However, Zimmerman says he had an expert on Chevy camaros appraise the car after the purchase, and the expert told him that it was fraudulent. Zimmerman says that's when he got the state police involved.

State police say they found what Zimmerman calls "a Frankenstein car." Zimmerman says the Florida dealer took the engine, drive train and transmission from a 1981 camaro that had been sitting in a junkyard for 15 years and put the body of a restored 1969 camaro on top.

Zimmerman says a Florida judge has ruled in his favor and ordered the dealer to pay back the $74,000.

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