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Old 12-22-2010, 07:42 PM
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How would you go about finding out how to price a classic car? My mom (82) owns a 1983 Olds Cutlass Supreme. The car is in almost showroom condition. It has been garage kept since new and has about 50,000 original miles. The air conditioning doesn't work (maybe only needs freon), but other than that it's like new.
Not trying to get top dollar (whatever that is), but don't want to give it away either.

Any thoughts as to where to start my search?
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:45 PM
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Try classic car trader and dial in the year and make. Comparable cars should be displayed.
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Sadly, the '83 Cutlass is not really a classic car. Now, a '73 Cutlass 442 with a big block might be worth some money.
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Thanks guys. When I said classic, it was only because of the age and condition. I realize it's not really an in demand collectable.
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Is it a coup,The coups make a popular show/race car.
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Yeh; it's a coupe, but with a padded top and 6 cyl engine. Not winning many races with it. I just hate to see it used for "scrap" or traded in as a "clunker", or as one of those "push" "pull" or "tow" vehicles in car advertisements for a tradein.
Maybe I'll take it to a couple local car shows in the spring and put a "best offer" sign on it. At least it would go to someone who might appreciate it.
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Yeh; it's a coupe, but with a padded top and 6 cyl engine. Not winning many races with it. I just hate to see it used for "scrap" or traded in as a "clunker", or as one of those "push" "pull" or "tow" vehicles in car advertisements for a tradein.
Maybe I'll take it to a couple local car shows in the spring and put a "best offer" sign on it. At least it would go to someone who might appreciate it.
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Those G body cars are very collectible with the small block. The V6 hurts....
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Put that sucker on Ebay or Craigslist
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See if you have a classic/antique car swap meet nearby.

I went to one to see what prices were being asked for similar cars like I had.

When the next swap meet took place, I took my 67 Mustang there to see if I could get any interested buyers or lookers. It sold for cash five minutes after parking it at 0500 hours!
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if it was the 350 diesel I would be all over it, my old man had one, black smoke and loud....and it had in dash 8 track to boot.....I really do miss that car.....it always sounded like rocks in a 480 volt three phase industrial food processor
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Bet it has the odd-fire, 231 (3.8L) v-6. Not the greatest motor to hit the road.
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I suppose it has potential value to someone.... you may have to get some fake air vents.....
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Default I know a guy w two split window corvettes among other cars in his garage

He told me when I was questioning that they must be worth a lot of money? He said it changes not just daily but every minute someone that has the money and decides or changes his mind and decides to pay a price to own. So it is worth what someone is willing to pay and not a penny more.And everyone is always changing their mind. Take that to the bank$
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Full frame car isnt it ? very popular with the drag guys,Strip it and put a big block in it.
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On older cars such as this the one thing you have to understand is most banks won't finance a vehicle this old. So you are down to cash buyers. Which in turn limits you to cash buyers who want this particular model. I would look on Ebay, car trader and other publications that have these older vehicles for sale. On Ebay if they have a good sampling of your product you can figure out between the stupid high and the way to low some type of selling price. The engine on these vehicles really does not matter to the person who is going to make a hot rod out of it. They will stuff their own engine in there. But this is NOT the buyer you are looking for they are looking at cheap so they can afford to re power and re manufacture the car to what they want.

There is a saying one man's junk is another jewel but these cars are going to have mellow another 10 to 15 years before they would become more of a collectors car. So that market is out unless you want to hold on tho the car. Which if you have the space and ability to store it so it won't deteriorate would be another option.

Since I am in the business and I don't want to let Old Pete down how much you want for the sled?
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to answer your question -its worht 1500 to 2500 dollars- its more of a driver than a classic--

my driver- 1966 ford galaxie fastback - 390
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I'll try asking 3,500 for it and see what happens. You know how it is, the owner always thinks he's got something golden.
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I suppose it has potential value to someone.... you may have to get some fake air vents.....
Thats just ""WRONG"""
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Originally Posted by 5th Tuition View Post
I'll try asking 3,500 for it and see what happens. You know how it is, the owner always thinks he's got something golden.
5th (Marty)
At that number I think it will sell fairly quickly. That's a good deal.

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