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Chris,Go over to Weber Kettle Club Forum and purruse there for a while and decide if you are up for that sort of collection.
I would sell it to a collector. I like grills. I like grilling. I don't see the point of a grill I can't use. If I were "collecting" I'd collect a few crazy colors and cook on a bunch. However, even that doesn't appeal too much. Once you got a good charcoal grill, a good smoker, a good gas grill.... be happy and cook. You can look into better versions,but the appeal of an old kettle that you don't have history with, and you can't cook on is small to me.
I try to rein myself in by directing thoughts along what you said. I guess I have been a collector since I was a kid, coins, models, baseball cards. I like grilling, too, but it's maybe a little like old cars. I have always said I wish I could have one old 50's car - maybe a Hudson, Nash or Studebaker - but one less than perfect that I could DRIVE and let kids clamber in the back seat to see what they were like back then. I don't have money to support that wish, but those who do tend to then want another and then a "trailer queen" that gets carted to car shows but which no one can touch or enjoy.
Grills like a Weber or maybe Broilmaster, PK and few others are something special just in how they have been designed and the history behind that. Next thing I know I am wanting a "museum" of classic grills to have a place to save and show the history of grilling. The more you learn the more unusual examples there are to wish to collect...You are right, though, that grills are really meant for GRILLING. So, I will always be torn!