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Old 09-09-2015, 12:06 AM   #1
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Saw this on ebay....31 rumble seat coupe. Sounds to good to be true.
Item 201422184814 Thought coupes were going for a little more than that.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:13 AM   #2
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OK price but not exceptional.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:35 AM   #3
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About 6 years ago I was talking with an antique shop owner about an auction near Watertown, S.D. and he said a Model A Coupe sold for over 20,000 and wasn't restored. I don't recall if it ran or not, but the shop owner was shocked that it went that high.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:36 AM   #4
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Fiberglass fenders look a little droopy. Front bumper looks like 1929.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:42 AM   #5
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About 6 years ago I was talking with an antique shop owner about an auction near Watertown, S.D. and he said a Model A Coupe sold for over 20,000 and wasn't restored. I don't recall if it ran or not, but the shop owner was shocked that it went that high.
20.000 sounds awfully high to me also for an unrestored car.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:58 AM   #6
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I saw a few things also, but he did have a whole list of stuff that went into that car. That's not to say I would buy it without checking it out first hand.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:03 AM   #7
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$10K (= $14K down under) IS exceptional where I come from. It would be sold in a flash, even with fibreglass mudguards and that wild lookin' fuel delivery pipe!
I reckon a Rodder will step in to buy this, while all the prospective restorers fluff around, dither and prevaricate!
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Old 09-09-2015, 06:17 AM   #8
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price is about right-most go in the 8-12k range for a nice driver

depends on work done, such as a 6k engine, etc.

a true #1 car is considerably higher........................
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Old 09-09-2015, 06:19 AM   #9
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I passed on a 29 coupe two weeks ago with a new Shwamms engine

the paint needed to be redone, otherwise car looked sharp-was offered the car for 8k

I bought a rpu off the fella and wasnt in the mkt for a coupe, but he did sell it.
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Old 09-09-2015, 06:37 AM   #10
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figure the cost of replacing the fenders with steel and deduct that from the asking price since the seller didnt do that already...
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Old 09-09-2015, 06:46 AM   #11
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Many people shy away from Fiberglas fenders so it will ultimately affect resale value! Coupes are not high end Model A's but very nice cars. Wayne
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Old 09-09-2015, 07:48 AM   #12
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Personally I think this car is fairly priced for what it is, ...and what the market is.

As mentioned, there are some 'issues' as far as authenticity with this car however, I think based on the present economics of collector car sales prices, it is very much in line. While some may find an $8-$12k Coupe to buy, most of what I have found that are running & driving are more in the 10k-15k range.

The biggest reason I feel they are bringing this is what banks are paying on CDs right now. Anything in the $10k-$25k range is hot because folks are using CDs that have matured and reinvesting that money in a collector car as an investment. Using this car as an example, if someone is to renew a CD for % on a 1 year renewal, the return is so insignificant that they buy a collector car to play with it for a year and have some fun. Then they sell it and the selling price will likely equal -or exceed what the CD interest would have paid.



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figure the cost of replacing the fenders with steel and deduct that from the asking price since the seller didnt do that already...
In reality, someone will buy this car as-is and drive it like it is. They likely will resell in a few years in the $11,500-$12,000 range. Most folks do not care about battery location or fiberglass fenders. They want to drive something reliable and haul the grandkids.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:31 AM   #13
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figure the cost of replacing the fenders with steel and deduct that from the asking price since the seller didnt do that already...
If this car is priced right with fiberglass fenders but you need "real steel" then you might want to look at another car. A lot of people don't mind the fiberglass and asking the seller to deduct for the cost of an alteration that the buyer prefers doesn't make many friends. How do you ask the seller to deduct $$$ without insulting him?
We all like something different. My Model A has all steel, except for some Bondo that I can see. I used to have a Model A roadster that had fiberglass fenders and doors but it looked and drove like a Model A. It was a fun, fun car. I don't need another trophy or a perfect car so it was a good car for me and the guy who bought it from me liked it too. Different strokes, y'know.
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:10 AM   #14
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[QUOTE=BRENT in 10-uh-C;1153524]Personally

The biggest reason I feel they are bringing this is what banks are paying on CDs right now. Anything in the $10k-$25k range is hot because folks are using CDs that have matured and reinvesting that money in a collector car as an investment. Using this car as an example, if someone is to renew a CD for % on a 1 year renewal, the return is so insignificant that they buy a collector car to play with it for a year and have some fun. Then they sell it and the selling price will likely equal -or exceed what the CD interest would have paid(Quote)

I agree. Things have gotten pretty one sided with pathetic interest rates being paid on savings. You are being punished by trying to 'save' money. Antique cars are a lot more fun to be into than a CD at the bank. Farm land prices in the Midwest are pretty much in the stupid range for the same reason. Farm near us sold last week for preemo dollars, way way over what it is worth. Bought by a Chicago Investment conglomerate. The same outfit bought a very large farm south of here two years ago.

Sadly, area farmers who wanted to buy these properties were shot out of the saddle before they could begin to bid. Now they are owned by who-knows-who That's the way it goes I guess.

Back to the original post--- buy the BEST antique/collector car you can afford if that is what you are into. And don't look back. Don't worry about what they will be worth five years from now none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. We all know that but seldom think about it.
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:30 AM   #15
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okay boys its cool.. everyone has different expectations and desires.. we all know what the cost would be to convert it back to steel if so desired...
oh and most important dont use that kind of plastic battery cutoff switch, especially on this car as fiberglass melts quickly

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Old 09-09-2015, 12:20 PM   #16
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From what i could see,its a quite reasonable price.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:53 PM   #17
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I agree with the others, it also appears to me that the car the car is priced about right.

Personally, I especially like the fuel line.

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Old 09-09-2015, 01:58 PM   #18
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It is only a fair price if 1) you go to look at it and it is what he says it is, and 2) you want a car that is far from original. The mixed colors turn me off, and the decision to use those colors, FG fenders, the headlights and the gas line tell me that the person(s) working on this car over the years have 'done their own thing' and not worried about properness..... makes you wonder what else that is not seen has been modified. After looking at a bunch of cars all over the east coast of USA helping a friend look for a decent car, this one is a little overpriced in my mind. But if it runs really well, and you like it, then $10K is reasonable. My 2 cents....

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Old 09-09-2015, 03:05 PM   #19
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If it had whitewalls, I'd buy it in a flash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Someone else made a comment about the paint scheme......I agree 100%. IMO!!!
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Old 09-09-2015, 03:28 PM   #20
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Decent price (JMO) for a driver. Many things could be done to "upgrade" for not much money. F/glass fenders are straight.
I just wonder if the red stripe is reflective?

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