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  1. But I'm completely ignorant of these cars. Look forward to you experts teaching me about this model. Hopefully someone here might be interested. Only 18 hr.s left on the auction. With a v6 (which they claim has been rebuilt) I'm guessing it was fairly fast in the day. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1961-Lancia-Flaminia-PF-Coupe/123935548056?hash=item1cdb226298:g:Au4AAOSwd0tdn6T8
  2. I'm waiting for new cars to have a voice that says, "After careful analysis, it has been determined that you are not an essential component of this vehicle"...then it ejects you through the roof. πŸ˜„
  3. Beautiful truck! Don't worry about it. We've all let great deals get away for one reason or another. I feel your painπŸ™‚ After I bought my '54 Ford wagon 15 years ago for $4500, I saw an ad on ebay for not one but TWO very nice looking 'black '49 Buick four doors for like $8500. YIKES! They were in California and the owner said they ran good. I wish I could forget those cars. πŸ™
  4. Title vs. no title makes a huge difference in value. That's one thing people often don't mention when asking about the value of a car. Cars on ebay without titles are often listed (or go for) prices that are a half or third of what titled cars are.
  5. I've kind of sworn off ebay because of some negative experiences, but obviously many transactions turn out good or else there wouldn't be thousands of old cars for sale on the site. The very good news about this car is the seller has a very good rating as a seller including other vehicles, one or two in this price range. (Very important...some people buy twenty $5 items on ebay to get a good rating, just to scam someone on the sale of a big ticket item.) From everything I can see, this vehicle looks like something worth owning, in part because it hasn't been drastically modified. Some old car sellers will put lipstick on a pig. You can see this hasn't been dolled up in the last year to cover body related problems. The body's not perfect though. If I were interested in this car, I'd first have the seller email me a pic of the valid title in his name, with whatever other info he wants redacted blacked out. I've had ebay sellers tell me they have a title only to find out after the deposit was made that they don't. The other thing I'd do is invest in a plane ticket to TX. Or, like you said, maybe you could pay a local mechanic from a nearby town (by the seller) to check it out for you instead. I can't say if the price is correct or not. There used to be a commonly available publication at newstands that had market prices for most old cars at different condition levels. Can't remember the name of it, but they were never too far off on my cars, but that changes from region to region.
  6. Again, I'm not sure this would be the best functional choice, but since the OP mentioned this type of car specifically, I thought I'd post it because it's very cool. I like it and seems to fit the OP's profile: Not pristine, but in good condition, and original looking..referred to as a "survivor" though it had a repaint 30+ years ago. Great interior. $15,000, though I think they'd come down. The bad thing is it's in Texas, and you definitely need to check it out first. Check for smoke and knocks from the engine, as well as indications of overheating. Flatheads do have a reputation for overheating, but I've never owned one so I can't comment. I would LIKE to own one, though. I think any sort of big city freeway travel would be dubious if this car doesn't have overdrive. I can get my stock '54 Ford wagon (engine never rebuilt) up to over 80 mph and easily cruise at 65, but I have overdrive. Don't know if that was offered by Ford in '46. These coupes look great. One of the few I've seen that hasn't been hot rodded. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1946-Ford-Super-Deluxe-Super-Deluxe/233367752346?hash=item3655cd4e9a:g:1k8AAOSwWbRdom1X#viTabs_0
  7. I see myself as this: But I suspect others see me as this:
  8. Wow, I love that thing! Congratulations on acquiring a truly unique production vehicle. I'd love to see one of those Sprint models, too. Many thanks to Keiser for the link and pic. It's so great when you can - at my age - learn about a car company you'd never heard of before. πŸ˜€
  9. Yeah, sounds like you're ok with a modified car. That will help in some ways. OTOH, modified cars (resto mod, street rod, etc.) aren't standardized, and it could be some mechanics will have difficulty figuring specs out. Something to consider. This statement is a bit troubling, given that the old car that will replace it will be a primary source of transportation. I don't know your Camry's history, but generally speaking going from a Camry with 150K on it to an old collector car - freshened up or not - is moving up on the maintenence/repair spectrum, not down. Not trying to discourage you, just want to let you know that old cars as a primary source of transportation almost becomes a lifestyle choice more than a car choice. Many on this forum are totally into that lifestyle, which is awesome and what I love about it, but it's not for everyone. 30 miles a week isn't much, but if you're going places you're required to be (work, etc.) I don't know. If your Camry is generally reliable besides the need for repairs, I'd recommend keeping it until you see how well the old car works for you. Good luck.
  10. Do people who drive cars like that even have friends?
  11. Hi there. Some things I'm not quite clear on: Will this be your only car? You've come to the AACA forum, and mentioned 40's era cars, so you're looking for a collectable or vintage car- How old does it have to be? How stock/original does it have to be? Most people have their collector cars as second cars, and I presume you will too, but if not, that would be difficult to deal with. A modern car is a good thing to have, too. As old collector cars in original configuration go, the more recent the car is, the more usable for transportation it is. I have no idea what city driving in LA is like, but I hear horror stories. 1940's Fords in stock form will not have the acceleration, power or stopping ability that's conducive to city driving even in places much smaller than LA. Purely in terms of function, I'd look for something something later (American cars from the late 1950's on), but a stock 40's era Ford will be fine for recreational driving on less traveled routes. Many people at the AACA forum aren't big on street rods. Having said that, many people new to old cars don't realize that a lot of street rods are built more to be usable in modern traffic than to be race cars. Whether original or street rod, you will be working on this car a lot, at least in the price range you're talking about (generally speaking.) $15 K will get someone a nice car, but maybe not one where all major components have been nicely restored. If I were you, and if function is as big a requirement as you suggest, I'd look at cars from the early '60's on. If you want the '40's look, you could consider a mildly rodded vehicle, but I don't honestly know what 15K will get you. BTW, it's my perception that most collectable old (pre - 1973) cars for sale online are routinely priced significantly above their realistic value. Good luck.
  12. Consider this car, folks. Believe me, those 394's have a whole lot of torque, even in stock form. I had a '63 2 door HT Dynamic 88 Holiday, and the Starfire 394 is even better.
  13. Wow, very interesting. I didn't know that. I thought all SBC's were blessed from heaven, so it's a shock to hear that some actually had issues.😁 Thanks for the lowdown on the simultaneous 327/350 offerings, padgett. Wish I had one of my sbc powered cars from my youth...I also had a '70 Monte Carlo with a 350, all stock. This was back when you could buy decent used examples for under 1000 bucks. 😊 I hope they sell that Wildcat. Whatever the mileage is, it's a beauty.
  14. I had a 1955 two door hardtop Windsor Deluxe Newport that I sold several years ago, and I never took the time to understand the system, I'm sorry to say. They definitely aren't very intuitive. Windsor is in Ontario and Newport is in Rhode Island, right??? Your new car looks awesome. I honestly don't see how you can be disappointed. Your purchase makes me want to pursue that '68 Galaxie, but I won't. That's the good thing about being broke. πŸ˜„
  15. This is very true. That's why I found the car...looking at "deals I can't ignore." The good thing about looking at cars from the low price perspective, though, is that it can help you appreciate qualities in cars that you (and possibly most people) have overlooked. I never would've said "Wow!" if I'd seen a car like this when I was in my late teens, but I now have to admit that Galaxies and Impalas of the late '60's can have have nice flowing lines when compared to the gigantic architectural looking vehicles Ford and Chevy were putting out 10 years later. And I'm generally more interested in seeing a '67 Impala nowadays than a '57 Belair, too. Just this morning I saw a very clean early '60's Rambler at a lot and said, "Wow!" Never thought that day would come (back when I was a kid. πŸ˜„ )