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Old 07-20-2004, 07:30 AM   #16
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Totally Not Worth it

That car may have been cool back in the day, but it certanly has seen better days. I'd say unless you have alot of time, tools, know how, and $MONEY$. You might wanna look for something in a little better condition. I don't care if its a Chevelle, in that condition Id say if you offered 4 or 5 grand for it you'd be paying too much.
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Old 07-20-2004, 09:02 AM   #17
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If you really want the car, you could pay that much for it. If it were me though, I wouldn't pay that much. For the condition it's in right now, even though it's matching and everything, it's just too worn out. I would say try talking the seller down to about $7K. If he asking $10k for it, he's most likely trying to get a good deal or has it set so that when you ask a lower price for it, it will seem like you're gettin a good deal.
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Old 07-20-2004, 01:38 PM   #18
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i'm going to have to go with the majority on this one. A matching numbers SS 454, yes, even in that shape I'd say go for it. But not that car. At $5k, it would definitely be worth it, as the parts would add up to less than the total value of the restored car (labor would have to be free to be worth it, but that's always the case).

Sometimes, however, the cost of restoring a car doesn't equate the value it gives to you to have 1) done the work, and 2) know that you've got something pretty nice that isn't depreciating. Sure, you might end up with more money into it than it's immediately worth, but you'd be in the same boat with a new car, too: paying for the car, the interest on the principal, and losing it on depreciation. You'd actually lose less money spending $15-20k on this car than spending $15-20k on a new car. And if you kept it for 5-10 years, you might even gain that value back, which will almost never happen on a car you bought new.
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Old 07-21-2004, 08:03 AM   #19
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sorry man but that is not even close to $4000, it might be a chevelle but thats some madd painting and bodywork. interior needs to be completly reupostered. engine needs cleaning up. i think a chevelle 396 ss is an incredible car and u should get it if ur gonna restore it but its not worth 10 grand.
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Old 07-27-2004, 10:36 PM   #20
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Its a 1970 chevelle SS 396. Numbers matching, everythings is original and everything works. Has Power Disk Brakes, Power Steering, and A/C. $10,000 is what he wants for it, should I get it? Its halfway across the US and so its sight unseen.

I would say if you are even remotely considering the purchase it would be worth a couple hundred bucks to fly out and see it, so it won't be site unseen. Plane ticket maybe $400? as opposed to $10,000 and a life time of regret? I choose $400? You might find some thing better on your way there or back.
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Old 08-09-2004, 08:55 AM   #21
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It looks like a real rust bucket, although the numbers are matching...

The resto will be serious money. If you're going for it, save yourself a few thousand bring down the price.

Seems like a fun project though especially if you have all the resources to do it all yourself.
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Old 01-27-2005, 08:55 PM   #22
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Way too much money. He's taking you over the coles. Offer 3,000. I bet he takes it. Car needs tons and tons of work to be even presentable.
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Old 01-27-2005, 11:31 PM   #23
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Way too much money. He's taking you over the coles. Offer 3,000. I bet he takes it. Car needs tons and tons of work to be even presentable.

I'll comment on this thread even though the guy must have made up his mind a long time ago by now;


On one hand, I agree that the car seems to need some serious work and I wouldn't be interested in starting a restoration on one in quite that poor condition (unless it was an L-78 or LS-6). You'd likely be farther ahead to save more money and buy the best example you can afford. Decent #4 - #3 condition 1970 SS 396 Chevelles (L-34's) are currently going for 20 - 30,000.

On the other hand, the car in the pics might look really rough, but it is probably worth more than $3,000.00 in parts alone. 10 or 15 years ago, you might have been able to get a '70 SS396 with original motor in driveable condition for $2,500.00, but not any more. Times are-a-changin' and they aren't making any more of them.

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Old 01-29-2005, 07:27 PM   #24
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WAY too much money for a car in such bad condition. I payed $10,000 for a 1967 Mustang Fastback project car but it has a restored frame, brand new suspension, built engine worth about $4000, and is rust free. That is a deal considering it'll be worth way more than what I will have into it.
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Old 02-01-2005, 11:43 PM   #25
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If the motor is matching and still kicking thats not a bad deal, there are better ones out there but if its close in location go for it, it will be worth not paying the 1 large in shipping for a car on ebay. I bought my 70 El camino on ebay and it was a pain in the ass let me tell you.
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