In the original item description, the seller admitted knowing little about the car and sounded almost apologetic about its condition. A string of emails and forum postings followed, and thankfully the seller soon realised what he was sitting on!
It turned out that the car, a 1963 Pontiac Tempest Super Duty Le Mans Coupe, was one of just 6 made by Pontiac as drag racing specials. This particular car was raced by Stan Antlocer from Detriot, Michigan.
Only 2 Super Duty Tempest Le Mans Coupes were thought to still be around, but some savvy Ebayers spotted this hidden gem about to change hands for a tiny sum of money, and promptly contacted the owner.
It is likely that the car will follow the fate of its surviving sibling and end up being restored, and perhaps displayed in a museum or private collection. But whatever happens to the car, its owner is likely to be getting the rounds at the pub for quite some time.