One of the subsets of the collector market that has taken a huge hit is modified cars. Collectors seem to be heading for the relative safe haven of the blue-chip original/restored vehicles, or focusing on modifieds as value buys. Regardless of the reason, hot-rodded cars-especially Corvettes-are noticeably down in value. This flamed '73 was a prime example. It had a non-original 383 engine and a host of mods. The selling price of $29,250 surely didn't come close to what it cost to build the car. On the other hand, for the enthusiast who wanted a flashy cruise-night star, buying a ready-built car for about a third the cost of doing it himself was a screaming deal.