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Username Post: '55 Handyman        (Topic#318698)
Chevrobert 
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Loc: Braintree, Ma. USA
Reg: 06-14-08
12-04-14 02:46 PM - Post#2503845    

Hello everyone, I have a question.
Is a '55 Handyman 2 dr wagon, worth 10 grand
10? year old restoration 10 footer,
seems solid, decent paint, front seats need tweed reupholstered,
claims 327(?) 350 trans,
Jump started, not driven.
plus transportation costs from Texas?
To me it seemed more like $8500 mostly because of seats.
Thanks,
I appreciate your help.

Bob
'64 Impala SS
'77 Pontiac Ventura SJ
'85 Lincoln Town Car
Ain't to proud to think out loud.


 


asbicca 
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asbicca
Age: 72
Loc: Southern California
Reg: 07-18-03
12-04-14 03:48 PM - Post#2503860    
    In response to Chevrobert



This is what mine looked like when I bought it in August 2002. Solid car and frame, pinholes in the front floorboards and the large floor brace just before the rear wheel wells was rusted out on both end. Drove it home over 450 miles. Had a 265 and a glide. Paid $6500
You can make your own judgement on value. When I tore it apart it had been hit at the front edge of the passenger door, and the front fender eyebrows had been brazed and body filled. The hood,drivers door, liftgate and tailgate were all very usable. Interior was shot and there was no carpet.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y40/asbicca/55 %20...


Edited by asbicca on 12-04-14 03:50 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Chevrobert 
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Loc: Braintree, Ma. USA
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12-04-14 04:43 PM - Post#2503876    
    In response to asbicca

Thanks for the reply.
Mongo like!
Original drive train, driver!
I would have jumped on it.
I offered $8500 on his asking 12K.
He came down to 10.
I ask to drive it.
He said no, "insurance/registration etc
????????
I NEVER counter on a non driven car.
I drove a '62 around Hutto Tx in the rain without wipers or plates.
Almost bought it....,

Bob
'64 Impala SS
'77 Pontiac Ventura SJ
'85 Lincoln Town Car
Ain't to proud to think out loud.


 
55MAS 
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Posts: 1534

Loc: North Coast, USA
Reg: 12-19-01
12-04-14 05:27 PM - Post#2503884    
    In response to asbicca

  • asbicca Said:

This is what mine looked like when I bought it in August 2002. Solid car and frame, pinholes in the front floorboards and the large floor brace just before the rear wheel wells was rusted out on both end. Drove it home over 450 miles. Had a 265 and a glide. Paid $6500
You can make your own judgement on value. When I tore it apart it had been hit at the front edge of the passenger door, and the front fender eyebrows had been brazed and body filled. The hood, drivers door, lift gate and tailgate were all very usable. Interior was shot and there was no carpet.



That was before the great recession. Car prices have come down considerably. I have seen many good buys online and in my local. Just look at all the re-listings on www.eBay.com. Those are the over priced cars which buyers are not willing to overpay for. Some of the cars I watch are listed three or more times. The ones that sell do so quickly. One thing to consider is how long has a seller's car been available for sale. If it has been any significant length of time, you can bet the last guys that looked at it thought it was overpriced. Don't forget prices are regional too. As you said, "You can make your own judgement on value."





 
asbicca 
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asbicca
Age: 72
Loc: Southern California
Reg: 07-18-03
12-04-14 08:05 PM - Post#2503924    
    In response to 55MAS

It doesn't matter where you live, if it is a good car with good bones, then it is worth what you are willing to pay for it. Here in California I realize that we have a better chance of finding good cars, but if you have been looking for a specific car for an extended period of time and then one comes along that is close to what you want, you don't want to pass it up for a couple of hundred dollars! Consider the fact that just about anything that you replace on the car will cost you at least $100.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y40/asbicca/55 %20...


 
55MAS 
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Loc: North Coast, USA
Reg: 12-19-01
12-05-14 11:45 AM - Post#2504051    
    In response to asbicca

It doesn't matter at all. Bob doesn't buy cars that he can't test drive. Bob's words, not mine.



 
Chevrobert 
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Loc: Braintree, Ma. USA
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12-05-14 04:11 PM - Post#2504112    
    In response to 55MAS

  • 55MAS Said:
It doesn't matter at all. Bob doesn't buy cars that he can't test drive. Bob's words, not mine.




"I NEVER counter on a non driven car."
The guy had a decent length drive way,
even that might have gotten me to 9K?
I was mostly wondering if I had missed the boat?
Thank you both for the input,
I've moved on.

Bob
'64 Impala SS
'77 Pontiac Ventura SJ
'85 Lincoln Town Car
Ain't to proud to think out loud.


 
Bruces 57 
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Reg: 01-03-07
12-10-14 05:08 PM - Post#2505296    
    In response to Chevrobert

Hello;
You are correct! No Drivie, No Buyie!! Almost any car you buy you should test drive first! (unless it's not driveable!) How the heck do you know if everything is working right! Around the block, down the driveway, across the yard! Anything!
Something is "stinkey" here!

Bruce



 
Chevrobert 
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Posts: 3694

Loc: Braintree, Ma. USA
Reg: 06-14-08
12-11-14 03:27 PM - Post#2505559    
    In response to Bruces 57

You May Be Right?
At any rate it was NOT meant to be.
Thanks

Bob
'64 Impala SS
'77 Pontiac Ventura SJ
'85 Lincoln Town Car
Ain't to proud to think out loud.


 


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