Well.. if you've gotta make the front page of the LA Times I suppose there's worse ways of doing it..
I remember going over the car with my grandfather the day after they 'let it down' off it's water lift. The entire fuel tank and under body floor pans, etc, etc.. were bowed in and the interior had filled with water. The insurance company was quick to total it, but these days some collector would love to have this to restore.
My grandfather said to me I think in private.. "there is nothing to gain by arguing with your grandmother." Wise wise man..