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pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/11/22 9:40 a.m.

A 1988 Conquest TSi just sold on BaT for $27,000. Yes, you can get them ratted-out for way less, but if you want mint and low miles, you are into collector-car territory now. That black Eagle Talon TSi I have always wanted will be going for similar prices soon for good examples. Heck, 1st gen M3s are 6-figure cars now! 

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/11/22 9:44 a.m.

Yup, $20K

yupididit
yupididit PowerDork
3/11/22 9:54 a.m.

In reply to pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) :

Not a bad price there

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/11/22 9:57 a.m.

Oh yeah... I gave up on ever owning a '69 Dodge Charger years ago. 

DjGreggieP
DjGreggieP HalfDork
3/11/22 10:16 a.m.

I've written off owning a first gen Viper GTS as a 'Lottery winning' car.

I blame Barret Jackson. Not them per-say, but the televised auctions because watching 2 people battle over some car and paying a ridiculous price for garage art made everyone suddenly want $10,000 for their rotten shell in the field because 'One just like it sold for $100,000 on the TeeVee' no, that was an anomaly of 2 rich dudes fighting over wallet size, not the actual market value of the item. 

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/11/22 12:37 p.m.

In reply to pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) :

You just missed out on a really nice yellow Conquest for $7500. It belonged to the guy I bought my 4g63t from last summer. I'd posted it in the Enablers FB group a week or two ago. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
3/11/22 1:10 p.m.
Ian F (Forum Supporter) said:

Oh yeah... I gave up on ever owning a '69 Dodge Charger years ago. 

You, too?

llysgennad
llysgennad Reader
3/11/22 1:33 p.m.

Ha! Lightweights. My dream '63 Corvette Z06 tanker just went over ONE MEEELION dohlars at Amelia. Oh well, at least my junk is going up too.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
3/11/22 1:37 p.m.

240Z? 510? 911? 2002? 

Danny Joe Brown said it best....

 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/11/22 2:21 p.m.

Makes me think about how much some of the cars I've driven and thought "yeah that was alright at best" will be worth some day.

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago UberDork
3/11/22 2:28 p.m.

I missed the boat so badly on 60-series land cruisers. Bought a 3rd gen 4runner instead (thinking it'd be more reliable) in like 2011 when you could still get a decent one for like $6000.

eastsideTim
eastsideTim PowerDork
3/11/22 2:34 p.m.

In reply to Datsun310Guy :

I love that song.

Yeah, a lot of my dream cars are escalating out of the price range I'd be willing to pay for them.  If I changed my car hobby to wiping the car with a polishing rag, and sitting in front of it in a folding chair at cruise ins, I could justify buying one of my 80's/90's dream cars.

My mid 70's Chevelle or Cutlass dreams are still alive for now, but I better get a move on.

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/11/22 2:59 p.m.
Appleseed said:
Ian F (Forum Supporter) said:

Oh yeah... I gave up on ever owning a '69 Dodge Charger years ago. 

You, too?

At this point, my only hope is to buy a Crown Vic and do a body panel swap.  Last I checked the sheet metal would cost around $10K.   Right now, you can't buy a '69 Charger VIN plate for under $10K.

pointofdeparture
pointofdeparture UltimaDork
3/11/22 3:37 p.m.

I'm observing the same things as everyone else here. Seems like I lost out on air-cooled Porsches, FD RX7s, and the NSX...Z32 300ZXs are still cheaper than a lot of the other 90's J-rockets but are climbing. Same with E46 M3s. Do kind of feel like it's now or never for some stuff.

I moved to California for a good job and now have the opposite situation I did in Wisconsin (I have the income for more toys, but no space)! If the right car came along I very well might just pick it up and throw it in a cheap storage unit on a non-op registration until I can get to it...

Tom1200
Tom1200 UltraDork
3/11/22 4:06 p.m.

I'm always very reluctant to use BAT as a price guide.

Regardless the point is still valid. Thank goodness old Formula cars are still affordable.

JThw8
JThw8 UltimaDork
3/11/22 8:24 p.m.
Tom1200 said:

I'm always very reluctant to use BAT as a price guide.

^this.  Its about as accurate as Barrett Jackson for real world prices.  There will always be people with more money than skill/brains.  But there will also be plenty of deals out there if you know where and how to look.   But BAT is not where you go shopping if you are of the grassroots mindset.

 

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
3/11/22 9:16 p.m.

I've realized much the same. A lot of cars I grew up with from the 80s/90s (I was born in '82) nice ones are just getting crazy expensive. At least what I consider crazy expensive.

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
3/11/22 9:46 p.m.

I missed the (in order):

1). Ferrari 308 boat

2). Porsche 911 SC boat

3). Mazda RX-7 FD boat

4). Porsche 996 turbo boat

5). Porsche 996 GT3 boat

And a few others I really wanted and could've bought once upon a time.....

I may miss the 987 Cayman boat soon too.

pointofdeparture
pointofdeparture UltimaDork
3/11/22 9:55 p.m.

In reply to AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) :

I think the 987.2 Cayman may go down as the last pure driver's Porsche. I have been thinking about those as well...

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
3/11/22 10:01 p.m.
pointofdeparture said:

In reply to AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) :

I think the 987.2 Cayman may go down as the last pure driver's Porsche. I have been thinking about those as well...

I agree.  It will be an iconic car in the near future.  

dxman92
dxman92 Dork
3/12/22 2:52 a.m.

I can buy all the dream cars I want. They can be found in the Hot Wheels and Matchbox section at most stores. 

chandler
chandler UltimaDork
3/12/22 7:09 a.m.
dxman92 said:

I can buy all the dream cars I want. They can be found in the Hot Wheels and Matchbox section at most stores. 

Right now they may as well be dream cars as well though.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
3/12/22 7:12 a.m.
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) said:

Yup, $20K

That sounds downright reasonable.

OTOH my experience is colored by living within a radius of Buschur Racing, and for whatever reason DSMs had crazy value here.  Not sure if they were vacuuming up all the cheap ones or what.  I remember seeing rolling chassis with rust issues being advertised for $2000 and the ad disappearing quickly in the early-mid 00s.  Couldn't touch a complete AWD car for under $4k.

ddavidv
ddavidv UltimaDork
3/12/22 7:22 a.m.

Yep, missed the air cooled 911 bandwagon. I toyed with getting one while you could still get a decent driver for $10-15k but the maintenance and part prices scared me off.

I bought, crashed, and sold a E36 M3 for under ten grand.

I'm now into 60s Fords, which have nearly doubled in value in the last ten years. And don't even talk to me about pre-1990s pickups.

dxman92
dxman92 Dork
3/12/22 8:30 a.m.

In reply to chandler :

At least in my neck of the woods, it is starting to get a little better. I've had better luck with finding Matchbox ones I want more than Hot Wheels..

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