Chances are, the value of the car will go down more long before it will go
up. If it has some rarities - like a manual transmission, sport suspension
or 4.2 litre engine, then it would be worth more than a 3.6 litre automatic
V8 with comfort interior. There are many factors effecting the resale price
of the car - rarity, nostalgia, performance, uniqueness, colour,
availability of parts and service, etc. all fit into the equation. Since
the Type 44 body was so heavily galvanized, in most cases the cars removed
from the road are because of accidents, or mechanical failures, not "metal
worm". As such, the claim "rust free" is somewhat of a common cry with T44
resellers, unless you were totally negligent any of the T44's could be
virtually "rust free".
Depending on its condition, the value in your V8 may be in the parts -
automatics in those cars tended to be the weak link that took the car off
the road, and someone who has a bad slushbox may pay a premium for the
transmission alone.....provided that it's in excellent condition/low miles.
Figure in the rising cost of gas (fuel mizer it ain't) and the cost of
storing it (big car = lots of floor space that could be used for something
else), and it may be a good time to sell it - aftermarket parts are still
available, including the (in)famous UFO rotors, there are people doing Auto
to Manual convertions, twin turbo setups, etc. and many of these folks would
pay extra for a well-maintained V8.
1987 Audi 5kTQ - not a V8, but soon to have a V8 hood
1980 Audi 5k - also not a V8
1962 and '64 Auto Union DKW Junior deLuxes - spot the 3 cylinder cars, one
(of 2) is mine: www.mbcanada.com/forum/uploads/post-23-1119967585.jpg
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