A recent post by RSCamaro made me go back to something that is a bit
troubling. He was saying that he felt $4500 was "Out of the Question" for
an '71 El Camino SS.
I run a vintage car dealership, and at present about 40% of the cars I sell
are going overseas. One of the main reasons is that the collectors there
seem to place a higher value on US muscle cars than buyers in the US do.
They are willing to pay asking price plus shipping for these cars, while US
buyers spend most of their time trying to convince me the cars are worthless
and I should give them away.
The sad part is that once these cars are gone, they are gone. It is not
likely that they will be shipped back to the US. In the last year I have
sent numerous cars to northern Europe, Germany, the UK, Australia and New
Zealand. I have great customers there, and I am happy to have them, but it
still seems sad to see these cars go.
I think you are barking up the wrong tree. Most people here aren't
into buying and restoring the classics. There may be a few, but
surely there is some other places folks go to buy the kind of cars
I don't like to see cars like that go overseas myself, but it's a
I think it is interesting that the cars that were built in the US in the
and 60's are so desirable that collectors overseas are picking them up.
I guess you don't haggle or bargain sell your cars. Hey, that's
great, more power to you, just don't expect someone who knows what
they want and what they are looking for to be buying from you any time
soon. Unless the price is right of course.
I understand what you are saying and I too am saddened that cars are
going overseas. The car goes where the money is so I'm not that upset
Say what you will about the American buyer but they are paying more
for muscle cars in poor shape than I can believe or understand the
reasoning behind. Credit is a wonderful thing to these people I
After the buyer pays $4,500 for that 71' El Camino that may or may not
have been an SS optioned car they have to restore or restify the car
into something that pleases the eye or at least makes it look decent.
If that person is someone like myself that has the tools and
experience to do the work then they may be able to break even on the
deal. If on the other hand they have to send the work out to
professionals it could cost them an extra $30,000 depending on the
work they want done to it.
NADA guide states that a 71' SS El Camino general price will be
between $6,500 and $19,500, low to high pricing. NADA also shows a
non SS low end pricing of $5,000 to $15,700 or so, and that is for a
car that is mechanically sound and not in need of a sheet metal shop
to bring it up to daily driver status.
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