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Old 07-17-2014, 11:25 AM   #1
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Question Rumble Seat vs. trunk values

For a 29 Special Coupe-all things being equal between the 2 cars except one is a trunk model and the other has the rumble seat-what would the difference in value be between the 2 cars? All opinions welcome. Smitty
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:31 AM   #2
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I don't know what the market says but to me it would be a wash. The market would probably favor the rumble seat by a few hundred dollars, which is less than the cost of making the change. I put a rumble seat in my '32 roadster and never use it. A trunk is much more practical.

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Old 07-17-2014, 11:33 AM   #3
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I have four cars with rumble seats and they sure get more attention than my trunk cars. Also they seem to sell for more when you compare the listings. If you have grand kids you can put them in the rumble seat but you can't put them in the trunk whereas you can put groceries in the rumble seat.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:56 AM   #4
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I don't own a Coupe or Roadster, but I'd probably prefer the trunk.
Which ever one I bought, I wouldn't change it, and also think the value of each would be about equal.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:10 PM   #5
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If you use your car a lot. A trunk is the way to go. My 28 sports coupe has the rumble seat. I do not like it. It is hard to carry any thing in the rumble area. I have a Grand Son but he cannot ride back there, because he has to be in a child car seat.

Plus people want to get in there to try out the seat. They are a little hard on the fender paint. I solved the problem, took the seat out.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:07 PM   #6
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Personally I would go with the trunk. Unless you remove the seatback and cushion of a rumble seat, you would have much less room for stuff in the trunk. I think many people that have rumble seats in their coupes or roadsters wish they had trunks. To me, rumble seats in standard coupes, business coupes and special coupes are not all that great in that the people inside the car can't easily communicate with anyone in the rumble seat. In a roadster or sports coupe, there is a flap that allows the two groups to talk. Just my opinion.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:27 PM   #7
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Hi Smitty,

FWIW; Simple response, (from a Simple person):

Rumble vs. Trunk Value may depend on "who" is buying the Coupe, i.e.:

A. A more cautious guy who would prefer hand rails on a foot bridge when crossing a deep gorge with his grandkids may prefer a Coupe with a trunk; &,

B. A less cautious guy who would prefer to cross a deep gorge on a tight rope with his grandkids with no safety net below may prefer a Coupe with rumble seat.

C. Then after throwing in the Senior Citizen Factor, appears most Seniors who drive around fast driving cell phone users today would prefer to go the hand rail route.

D. In summary, appears the Coupe's value just depends on different values.

Hope this helps.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:57 PM   #8
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On this site, the preference seems to be toward trunks.
I agree with C26 on the resale of rumbles-I think in many cases, they are the deciding factor on a purchase. I would add 500-1000. for a rumble.
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Old 07-17-2014, 03:00 PM   #9
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This question was asked before ...Rumble seat gets a few more bucks .The "A" people in the know... that a roadster [30/31] is RARE with a trunk. The trunk is more practical in all ways... Over the years i don't know why someone would pay more for a rumble seat unless they have Grand kids...but think again,, now a days would you seat anyone in a rumble seat driving on the roads today WITH all the crazy's out there ???? ... I restored a 30 standard roadster with a trunk and received more compliments then someone with a Deluxe Roadster with a rumble seat...Coupes are no different...
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Old 07-17-2014, 03:39 PM   #10
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This question was asked before ...Rumble seat gets a few more bucks .The "A" people in the know... that a roadster [30/31] is RARE with a trunk. The trunk is more practical in all ways... Over the years i don't know why someone would pay more for a rumble seat unless they have Grand kids...but think again,, now a days would you seat anyone in a rumble seat driving on the roads today WITH all the crazy's out there ???? ... I restored a 30 standard roadster with a trunk and received more compliments then someone with a Deluxe Roadster with a rumble seat...Coupes are no different...
I see that too. When I see a '30 or '31 Roadster especially, with a trunk, my eye is more drawn to THAT car I guess because so many were converted to rumble seats. Don't get me wrong I love a Dlx. Roadster but go gaga (sorry Lady) over a '30-'31 STANDARD Roadster and with the rear mount spare. And blackwalls and black rims. Just an opinion means nothing, but in answer to the original question 'yes' a rumble seat will add a few more dollars in value over a trunk................
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:45 PM   #11
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My father in law says trunks are for people that can't afford rumble seats but they will never admit to it ( lol ). They always say you can't haul enough in a rumble seat. Well what do you use your A for pleasure driving or for hauling stuff ?
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:54 PM   #12
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... Well what do you use your A for pleasure driving or for hauling stuff ? Wayne
Anyone that has been on a tour that lasts for several days would know that space is at a premium, especially if the wife is along.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:06 PM   #13
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Funny about carrying stuff and needing a trunk.

I put 8 foot boards out of the rumble sometimes to haul .

With lid open you can carry more and bigger stuff than a trunk
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:13 PM   #14
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For safety reasons, I would NEVER put someone in the rumble seat of a Model A unless it was for a parade.

I cannot think of a more unsafe way to operate a Model A than to place a human being in a rumble seat. God help them if (when) you get rear-ended, sideswiped, run off the road, etc.

Besides...... All you need to do is look at the trunk space available in a trunk equipped coupe to know that is a good thing. My friend has a 29 with the trunk still and it is awesome! It gets lots of attention.


In my opinion, the coupe with a trunk is far more valuable (and increasingly rare) than the coupes with rumble seats.
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For safety reasons, I would NEVER put someone in the rumble seat of a Model A unless it was for a parade.

I cannot think of a more unsafe way to operate a Model A than to place a human being in a rumble seat. God help them if (when) you get rear-ended, sideswiped, run off the road, etc.

Besides...... All you need to do is look at the trunk space available in a trunk equipped coupe to know that is a good thing. My friend has a 29 with the trunk still and it is awesome! It gets lots of attention.


In my opinion, the coupe with a trunk is far more valuable (and increasingly rare) than the coupes with rumble seats.

And what about the person in the front seat when all these tragedies happen. Will they go unscathed ? Pretty weak argument as I see it !
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For safety reasons, I would NEVER put someone in the rumble seat of a Model A unless it was for a parade.

I cannot think of a more unsafe way to operate a Model A than to place a human being in a rumble seat. God help them if (when) you get rear-ended, sideswiped, run off the road, etc.

Besides...... All you need to do is look at the trunk space available in a trunk equipped coupe to know that is a good thing. My friend has a 29 with the trunk still and it is awesome! It gets lots of attention.


In my opinion, the coupe with a trunk is far more valuable (and increasingly rare) than the coupes with rumble seats.
So by never placing a human being in the rumble seat, I'm sure you would say no one should ever drive or ride on a motor cycle then? Or ride a bike down the road?
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And what about the person in the front seat when all these tragedies happen. Will they go unscathed ? Pretty weak argument as I see it !
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So by never placing a human being in the rumble seat, I'm sure you would say no one should ever drive or ride on a motor cycle then? Or ride a bike down the road?
I wasn't aware that sharing my opinion would lead to anger.

It is simply my opinion that riding in a Model A rumble seat in modern traffic is much more dangerous than riding inside a Model A passenger compartment. It is also my opinion that a Model A coupe with a rumble seat is less valuable or useful than a Model A coupe that has a trunk. That is all.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:32 PM   #18
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I wasn't aware that sharing my opinion would lead to anger.

It is simply my opinion that riding in a Model A rumble seat in modern traffic is much more dangerous than riding inside a Model A passenger compartment. It is also my opinion that a Model A coupe with a rumble seat is less valuable or useful than a Model A coupe that has a trunk. That is all.
No anger on my part, can't speak for the other poster, but you dodged the motorcycle and bicycle questions....
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No anger on my part, can't speak for the other poster, but you dodged the motorcycle and bicycle questions....
Oh, that's right. Here goes-

I do not own a motorcycle, and never will. I don't think they are the safest form of highway travel. However, it does have some merit when off road. I could get into dirt bikes probably. Would more likely go the quad route though.

As for bicycles, I do mountain bike. But I don't do it on highways or busy roads! That is also unsafe.

To answer pooch's comment- I am 45 years old this year. Age may have something to do with some people's opinion, that is a good point. However, if I ever get grandkids, I would never consider putting them in a Model A rumble seat, unless it was while actually in a parade.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:06 PM   #20
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For safety reasons, I would NEVER put someone in the rumble seat of a Model A unless it was for a parade.

I cannot think of a more unsafe way to operate a Model A than to place a human being in a rumble seat. God help them if (when) you get rear-ended, sideswiped, run off the road, etc.

Besides...... All you need to do is look at the trunk space available in a trunk equipped coupe to know that is a good thing. My friend has a 29 with the trunk still and it is awesome! It gets lots of attention.


In my opinion, the coupe with a trunk is far more valuable (and increasingly rare) than the coupes with rumble seats.
Hey P.S.,
I totally agree with YOU and George in your thoughts/preferences !

I have a rumble seat and the cushions were removed , so that none of the many people who asked...did not get in there...to ride and/or try it out !

BTW...the original poster asked for all/any opinions. NOT arguments nor hissy fits regarding others opinions/preferences Need you be reminded about disrespecting others ?

I own a roadster with rumble lid and wish I'd put a trunk lid. The rumble setup seems to have more 'bling' for eyeballers, but seems that the trunk is for utility minded Aers. Therefore ,IMO, value is in the mind of the buyer,eh ?

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