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B Jake Moran

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  1. I monitored Reattas for sale for years as a fun interest. Ultimately, I found several cars I purchased off Craigslist (CL). I am a recent convert to Facebook Marketplace. Like, the last 5 months. I always did my searches off CL. Only this week did I place "Reatta" in my Facebook search and I was surprised to see that this is where CL ads went, more or less. I am not an expert and base my comments off observations. Y Job Fan and others -do more intense market research. I was surprised at the extent of the drop off of Reattas on CL and like some, thought it was
  2. I think you are correct then. Reatta prices are on the rise again. Good time to jump into the hobby.
  3. I wouldn't. While I like Caballeros just like the next guy, they are not a Nomad. And I would personally not pay a premium over any Buick stationwagon. I once saw a 64 LeSabre wagon with factory bucket seats I would have preferred. Or the vista roof Skylarks from 64-69.
  4. One sale, or purported sale, does not prove the naysayers wrong. It could be an outlier. Reatta values remain stagnant. Maybe they have bottomed out. I know that in my searches of Reattas I used to do 6 years ago, I could find 100-200 for sale in a 700 mile circle around Des Moines, Iowa. Maybe more. Now those same searches yield much fewer cars and those cars are either worn out types or nicer examples. I know my recently sold Reattas, 2 if which were among the rarest in the world have not popped up for sale. They were project vehicles. Owners are either doing nothing to them or chipping
  5. Exactly. I won't buy anything GM. I idolized the company for years as the best of America. But no more. I own a Toyota Tacoma. By simply putting something out there, they will continue but they are way behind the electric car chase despite coming out with the Volt. But they didn't support that product, instead focusing on profitable trucks and SUVs. Now they won't even introduce the all new Electric offroad vehicle as a Chevy-GMC.
  6. You made the right choice at the time. It always amazed me how much difference in technology they made in 18 years back then and into the 70s.
  7. Perhaps Jim but by that I mean nice cars from the 70s. If I had $5000 for a project I would buy that 1936 2 door I posted for $3500 in a heartbeat over this tire fire. I don't look much anymore but you can buy nice 70s Buicks for $5000 to $8000. You can buy nice 37-40 Specials for less than $20,000. As mentioned this is a $1000 car. Whoever pays this seller more than that needs his head examined. In my opinion of course.
  8. Starfire-I appreciate you taking the time to correct my mistakes. You are obviously very knowledgeable regarding these cars. I thought all Starfires in 1961 came loaded. And I had no idea about the special motors.
  9. I think his neighbors would pitch in with some money, and muscle to push it up on a trailer. Horrendous. When perfectly nice 37-38 Buicks are going for $12,000 to $15,000 how can someone ask $5000 for a full on project? This to me is a bottom out car, a $1000 car.
  10. Can you even wrap your head around what it would cost to duplicate this leather color and pattern in new seats for this car? Think Full Classic level of costs. $10,000? Plus dash and maybe door panels. This seller is leaving this car out to the weather...
  11. Greg: 1961 Starfires had virtually no options. They were Oldsmobiles shot across the bow of the Thunderbird, then a nice looking 4 seater personal luxury car. Starfires directly inspired the Buick Riviera, Pontiac Gran Prix, and others. But, Starfires had leather interior - power everything. Again I would love to own a nice project Starfire, as much as say a 61 Cadillac convertible, but this guy is greedy, and isn't likely to find a buyer anywhere close to $12,000. I suppose there are Olds geeks out there that would spring for $10,000, I don't know.
  12. Numbers matching nonsense to me is in the lexicon of "Barn Find" and holding your finger over the license plate in photos. Dumba**** in my opinion. While I would not want a 455 in there, a slightly later 394 would not bother me. Bottom line is this was a beautiful 1961 Starfire and could be again but would likely take $100,000 to restore it correctly to a high point car. This guys likely bought it for $1000 and knows he will never get to it and wants to take advantage of the current asking price craze he is seeing. Likely wants a more modern driveable car like a C4 Corvette
  13. Says a couple of issues are all there is....then goes onto say many more items need attention. It needs brakes, exhaust, has had body work, drips oil, has rust...
  14. Agree. THAT is a modern collector car. Well done. I love those wheels.
  15. I am curious since the owners on here state the 90 series "should be worth a lot more than" $35,000. What should new buyers pay for a nice one? $50,000?
  16. Now $4k to me. He sent me a response to an email. Said doors needed wood. I guess I thought there was no wood in the doors on Specials in 1936. I'm just not in. I don't have $60,000 to restore it right. That's what I don't get about the modern craigslist and to a lesser extent Facebook. People seem to want to sell these to make money instead of saying I purchased to restore and changed my mind. There is little evidence this seller bought to restore and then changed his mind.
  17. Dale, Chrysler did this in the late 50's a nd early 60's, the rectangular steering wheel. They also placed in some cars - the rear view mirror on the dash. Push button transmissions control, and in some cars the drivers seat was higher than the passenger seat. Oddball stuff like that adds a bit of charm now. I am sorry, I tried real hard to like the 61-63's but Exner seemed like he was on drugs during this time, too excess. If you look at the 59's and 60's, you see art. Maybe not to everyone's tastes, but art. The complex grille of the 1960's is one of my all time favo
  18. 1967 Cadillac Eldorado Project Classic Driver Project Restore Coupe... (craigslist.org) 1967 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe (The Rich Man's Sports Car). 429 ci, 340 hp, 480 lp-ft, 4 barrel, TH425 automatic. Has new tune-up (points, condenser, wires, cap, rotor, timed and dwelled), new S/S resonator, tailpipe. Has a newer starter and battery. Runs and drives great, tires like new (but has age). I would drive this car anywhere. The "patina" is great. This is one of two years for hide-away headlights and the first year for front wheel drive. Car has less than 81,000 miles and is basi
  19. No, I have been putting a few 37-38's on here over the past 3 months and there was "truly" a nice slantback in Kansas I believe for if I remeber $17,000 or so and we all drooled over it. It was much nicer than this one. It's a shame that sellers waste everyone's time with $45,000 asking prices like this and ads which really don't "add" much to the sale interest.
  20. I would not increase it. I really do love the car but there is no practical way to get it to Iowa. I would probably have a coronary trying to drive through greater New York - then Pennsylvania, and so on. So it would need shipped. Shipping to Iowa would add $1500 to $2000. So I a can not even consider. But, growing up in the 70's these were the cars I liked. Not so much the 4 doors because the cars were styled as 2 doors and the bean counters said you need to sell 4 door models. But I believe 1978 is a downsize year for Ford, and they really got unattractive in my opinion after that
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