Restoration expenses once again far outstrip the value of the finished product
If there’s anything that owning a “project vehicle” has taught anyone, it’s that restoration work almost always ends up being much-more expensive than originally anticipated. And while it’s rewarding to be part of an extreme makeover, sometimes it means taking a loss when it comes time to part ways and offer that vehicle up to the collector marketplace.
Many classified listings these days include some variation of the phrase, “You can’t build it for what I’m asking.” And that statement rings painfully true in many cases
A private seller on ClassicCars.com in Longview, Texas, is offering an 80-year-old custom Ford at a fraction of the investment that it took to restore. The Pick of the Day is a red 1941 Ford Super Deluxe two-door coupe complete with receipts totaling $100,000 and a selling price that is significantly lower.
“The price to build was right at $100k,” the listing states. “Invoices are available which will list all of the individual components plus the shop labor hours.”
The rebuilt Jasper flathead engine alone, now having accrued only a few hundred miles since installation, reflected an expenditure in excess of $10,000, according to the ad.
Here’s an attractive example of how traveling salesmen once visited their clients!
Flatheads forever! Those of a certain age should remember that hot rod rallying cry from gearheads who anachronistically embraced Ford’s iconic side-valve V8s over the newfangled OHV engines. Yes, that was a long time ago. Although, many purists still run performance-tweaked “flatties” in their vintage rods.
H.S. “Dick” Hickman, Chief of Police in Colorado City, Texas, poses at City Hall in the 1930s with moonshine, guns, and a Chevrolet coupe after an arrest. For effect, the moonshine is displayed in its canning jars on and around the car, and the ground along with two pistols seized during the bust on the…
Took a drive over to Hartley Wintney for the New Years Day meet at the Phoenix Inn, pretty well attended considering the weather wasn’t great. A good smattering of American cars, along with coffee and some decent grub was on offer!
Some nice vehicles included:
Hudson Super Six
Chrysler New Yorker
Model A Coupe & Roadster
Plus a really cool Mercedes Hot Rod, not my normal thing, but very nice..
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