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firemanbill
01-18-2007, 12:41 AM
I just saw on the Barrett Jackson Auction on Speed TV, get this,

a 1951 VW Beetle sell for $51,000!!!:eek: :eek: :eek:

I'd like to sell mine now! Heck I got 4 of 'em, I can part with one or two at that price!

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 01:44 AM
I won't even watch the Barrett Jackson auctions anymore. It makes me cry when I see cars like what I used to have and the kind of money they sell for there.

My first car was a '63 Chevy Impala SS 409. Wanna guess what those go for now? I think I sold it back in the '70s for something like $300. :( WAAAAA!!!!!

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 02:05 AM
By the way, I was really surprised to see what old VW Buses are going for now. Granted, mine is hardly in what I would call "valuable" condition... :rolleyes:
(Wife wouldn't let me sell it anyway!)

firemanbill
01-18-2007, 02:11 AM
I know! It is all nuts, they had a 74 thing, restored of course, but it was 40 some odd thousand!

Makes me want to get my 67 painted and put in seat covers... That is all it needs to be perfect. 92k original miles. Wonder what I could get out of it???

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 02:29 AM
I know Ghias are fetching some good prices too. I have a "bay" window bus (1970) but the old split windshield ones are really shooting up in price. Makes me really kick myself for passing up that '66 split window a few years back for $400. Arrrgggg!!!!!

My bus is slowly dying of rust. I didn't think it had much rust other than some surface spots. It's usually keep it in the garage and has been most of it's life as far as I know. Anyway, I noticed some of the surface spots behind the drivers door were looking a little "crustier" than usual and started poking around. Well, I found myself poking through in a lot of places! The more I looked around, the more I found. I guess I know what I need to get busy with! The planes can wait in this case!

TLyttle
01-18-2007, 02:34 AM
I was raised in Victoria BC, and it was a VERY rich town, mostly what the Brits refer to as "Remittance Men". They had large estates, and any car they wanted. Consequently, I grew up surrounded by a huge number of very exotic cars: Continental Mk1s, Packards, Cadillacs, Astons, RRs, Humbers, all the heavy hitters. I clearly remember passing up a 35 Chrysler Airflow that they wanted $40 for, a DB3 for $350, a 38 Lincoln coupe ($60 for that one), on and on and on. Another guy decided to collect them, and last I heard he had a couple of hundred cars under cover, including my buddy's 54 Packard 400 Patrician, that the collector got for $125...

We laughed at a schoolmate who bought a 35 Packard Cabriolet for $250; "What a waste of money!", we hollered. He still owns it, 50 years later, it is a daily driver, and is now worth more than my house...

Time goes by

firemanbill
01-18-2007, 02:37 AM
I could sell the Ghia too!

Have you seen this site?

http://www.manheimgold.com/

A good source for pricing collectibles cars. I wonder if they will revise it soon now that is getting fasionable to pay through the nose for VW's at B-J!?

Time does go on eh Ty? My granddad had a '50 Buick special with a straight 8, gorgeous car that I let get away a few years back too...:(

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 02:52 AM
According to the "The Goldbook" (the manheimgold.com link)

1970 VOLKSWAGEN DELUXE CAMPER Westfalia

Fair Good Exc Show
4,600 10,600 16,500 24,840

Add: Pop-up top $500

Wow, even in "fair" condition, my bus is worth more than I thought. And I can easily get it back to "good" condition.

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 02:58 AM
I wonder if they will revise it soon now that is getting fasionable to pay through the nose for VW's at B-J!?

I checked the value on my old '63 SS409. Way under what I've seen them go for a BJ.

Time does go on eh Ty? My granddad had a '50 Buick special with a straight 8, gorgeous car that I let get away a few years back too...:(

I try not to think about the ones I've owned and let slip away. The '70 Olds 442 W-30, the '66 Buick Riviera GS, the '67 Camaro 350....

Ok, now I'm really depressed! :(

firemanbill
01-18-2007, 02:59 AM
Stop that rust before it's worthless!:eek:

These things are getting to be better investments all the time. About a year ago I remember seeing an article in Wall Street Journal, (no I don't read it regularly...:o ) One of the guys in my VW club brought it in to the meeting... anyway, it was an article about good investments and a VW bus, especially the splittys were a great investment!

firemanbill
01-18-2007, 03:00 AM
Ok, now I'm really depressed! :(

Sorry...;)

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 03:02 AM
Stop that rust before it's worthless!:eek:

Oh, I am. Trust me!

firemanbill
01-18-2007, 03:04 AM
Oh, I am. Trust me!


I've got a welder! And can travel! We are only about 2 1/2 hours apart!:D

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 03:10 AM
I've got a welder! And can travel! We are only about 2 1/2 hours apart!:D

I've got a MIG welder and a plasma cutter! I also have a huge fridge for the beer! :D

firemanbill
01-18-2007, 03:11 AM
I've got a MIG welder and a plasma cutter! I also have a huge fridge for the beer! :D

Sounds like it's about time for a road trip!:D

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 03:13 AM
Well, you don't have to go out of your way for this you know, although I certainly appreciate the offer! Now if you happen to be in the area, I'm not too far from Old Dominion Raceway in Manassas (where the BugOut is held).

firemanbill
01-18-2007, 03:18 AM
Oh I know!:D I will be coming up for Bugout in May. we should get together for sure then! doa little flying, go watch the bugs Drag race! There is a shop here in VA Beach called the Bughouse that has a Ghia Procar, it is one sweet racer!

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 03:33 AM
Sounds good Bill. I just mentioned it to the wife and she says we should go to the BugOut. Haven't been there in ages. By the way, BugOut #40, Aug 31, 1997 was our first date (I think I may have mentioned that before). Throw in some flying time and maybe a Bar-B-Q and we can make quite a weekend out of it.

vax6335
01-18-2007, 04:43 AM
It seems like not that long ago Bugs were cheap, even nice ones. It's really tempting that I could get a decent amount for mine, but it's my first Bug, and I'm going to hang on to it as long as I can!

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 01:18 PM
It seems like not that long ago Bugs were cheap, even nice ones. It's really tempting that I could get a decent amount for mine, but it's my first Bug, and I'm going to hang on to it as long as I can!

Wasn't too long ago that someone gave me a pristine '69 Beetle. Not a spot of rust anywhere (not even under the battery box). Never wrecked either. The only thing wrong with it was the motor was in several cardboard boxes in the back seat.

I didn't have time to mess with it and gave it to someone else.
STUPID, STUPID, STUPID!!! :mad:

(Admins: We need more "emoticons" - specifically the one beating his head against a brick wall!)

firemanbill
01-18-2007, 01:55 PM
Wasn't too long ago that someone gave me a pristine '69 Beetle. Not a spot of rust anywhere (not even under the battery box). Never wrecked either. The only thing wrong with it was the motor was in several cardboard boxes in the back seat.

I didn't have time to mess with it and gave it to someone else.
STUPID, STUPID, STUPID!!! :mad:

(Admins: We need more "emoticons" - specifically the one beating his head against a brick wall!)

Kick self... kick self... kick self....:D

MacMyers
01-18-2007, 04:08 PM
Barrett Jackson has become a peeing contest for people new to the collector car hobby that have more money than brains.

firemanbill
01-18-2007, 06:22 PM
Barrett Jackson has become a peeing contest for people new to the collector car hobby that have more money than brains.


Agreed!

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 07:48 PM
Barrett Jackson has become a peeing contest for people new to the collector car hobby that have more money than brains.

I'll go along with this one too. I have seen some nice cars bring more money than I thought they would but I have also seen some cars bring WAY more than anyone with half a brain knows they are worth. Perfect example: A few months back I saw a 67 or 68 Mustang at BJ that had been heavily modded to be a replica of some Shelby model (can't remember the details) but with modern drive train. Oh, it was nice, but it damned sure wasn't worth the $140k that it got. Whoever was bidding on it, I'd like to know what they were smoking!

firemanbill
01-18-2007, 08:00 PM
I'll go along with this one too. I have seen some nice cars bring more money than I thought they would but I have also seen some cars bring WAY more than anyone with half a brain knows they are worth. Perfect example: A few months back I saw a 67 or 68 Mustang at BJ that had been heavily modded to be a replica of some Shelby model (can't remember the details) but with modern drive train. Oh, it was nice, but it damned sure wasn't worth the $140k that it got. Whoever was bidding on it, I'd like to know what they were smoking!

Yeah or 45k for a '74 VW Thing!

vax6335
01-18-2007, 10:58 PM
Who is Barrett Jackson?

gsk11740
01-18-2007, 11:22 PM
Who is Barrett Jackson?

Here ya go...
http://www.barrett-jackson.com/
http://www.speedtv.com/barrett-jackson/

firemanbill
01-19-2007, 12:02 AM
Who is Barrett Jackson?

If you are near a TV turn on Speed tv now. The auction is on now

RUSH
01-21-2007, 08:33 AM
If anyone in the L.A. area is looking for a Ghia, let me know. I have a '73 that I will sell for a reasonable price.

Airhead
01-21-2007, 03:06 PM
Who is Barrett Jackson?
A VERY wealthy organization. I'd like to have some of those!!!:)

gsk11740
01-22-2007, 01:45 PM
...and while we're speaking of people who have WAY more money than brains...

Unique Cobra brings $5.5M at car auction (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070121/ap_on_re_us/car_auction)

I don't care if it is the only one. $5.5M is insane - especially for a car that you really can't even drive! :confused:

Grasshopper
01-22-2007, 01:51 PM
Dang! And to think I missed out on the bidding. :( :(

gsk11740
01-22-2007, 01:59 PM
Granted, it is a one-of-a-kind piece of automotive history that can't be replaced but I figure if I had $5.5M to throw around, I could afford to build a replica that I wouldn't be afraid to drive in traffic and have some moron in a mini van ram me while yakking on their cell phone. That and I'd still have a LOT of money left over for important things like more planes! :D

MacMyers
01-22-2007, 04:01 PM
I agree. I love the Cobra.... but 2 superchargers and the Shelby name don't make it worth 5 million dollars more than one without.

vax6335
01-22-2007, 04:04 PM
We were watching the auction the other day and my fiance brought up an interesting question. "I wonder how many people there bid just to jack up the price?"
It probably does happen sometimes.

gsk11740
01-22-2007, 06:36 PM
Have you ever watched the people who act like "cheerleaders" (not sure what they're really called) to the bidders? I'd love to know what they say to them but they get the bidders so stirred up, no wonder they spend so much!

Grasshopper
01-22-2007, 08:08 PM
Here's mine. Ok, I wish, but it is really me sitting in my Brother In-Law's original Cobra.

gsk11740
01-22-2007, 08:23 PM
Around here we have several Cobra replicas that are so good, it's hard to tell they are not the real deal. We also have a real one (427 no less) that shows up occasionally. We had a big impromptu custom car show not to long ago and a few of the really good replicas showed as well as the real 427 Cobra. I actually found it easy to tell the difference. The owner of the real one got nasty if you got too close to the car! :D

Grasshopper
01-22-2007, 08:25 PM
They also get really pissed off if someone asks if it's a kit.

gsk11740
01-22-2007, 08:27 PM
They also get really pissed off if someone asks if it's a kit.

Especially if they put a lot of work into trying to make it look genuine! I still laugh at the guy who insisted he had a real Cobra. Open the hood and there sits a Chevy motor. Yeah, Right!

MacMyers
01-22-2007, 09:01 PM
Here's mine. Ok, I wish, but it is really me sitting in my Brother In-Law's original Cobra.

That looks like a Ferrari emblem on the side!