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Rare '90 Driftwood convertible for sale


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If you'll check out "California Help Needed" below, you'll see that Barry asked for someone to check out a '90 Driftwood convertible here in Southern California. I volunteered, and found the car to be exceptional. AutoTrader internet asking price of $8495 had been reduced to $7999. There were 11 long-distance inquiries on the car and three telephone promises to buy it the next day. Believing it to be a bargain, I contacted Barry and told him I was purchasing the car that evening for him -- with the proviso that he didn't have to take it. Since it was from a dealer, I had to pay sales tax, registration, etc., which added another $600 and change. After driving it home, I was even more impressed, and told Barry that (1) I considered it a hell of a deal, and (2) he could have it for the $8600 price. Today, Barry informed me that he didn't want the car. So, thus released from my promise that he had first rights of refual, I listed the car on eBay. Reserve is $9000, so (despite RRR's comments) I didn't buy it to "make thousands." The reserve is very reasonable, so that some Reatta enthusiast is going to have an excellent car at a great price. Even if you're not in the market, check the car out on eBay just to see the half-dozen pictures. <P>Jerry

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Jerry, I want to publicly thank you for your efforts on my behalf.<P>Folks, Jerry went out and bought the car so no one else would get it until I had a chance to evaluate it.<P>After about 2 days of consideration, during which he did indeed give me first refusal at the original purchase price, and which included him e-mailing me pictures, I've decided to stay in the '88-'89 "category".<P>For me, this one was not to be. But thanks again to Jerry and best wishes to whomever buys this car. Its a sweet one!<P>bjh

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I want to sell my Select 60 and have been reluctant to use ebay because I have thought it attracts mostly tire kickers and bottom fishers. I have two questions for you (1) do you do the ad yourself or is there a format and you just fill in the blanks and (2) what is the type and level of response you get. Anyone else's comments would be appreciated.

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I don't know what a "bottom fisher" is, but I've used ebay for two years now. It reaches a wider audience than a newspaper ad or garage sale, and there are people out there who will buy anything. The biggest problem is buyers who won't pay, but that's what negative feedback is for.

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Blenheim,<p>I dont have any experience with e-bay, but I have two other suggestions for you to consider:<ol>[*]List the car here on this discussion site with an asking price. Since the good folks coming are familiar with the Select 60 cars, you may have a better shot at someone recognizing the value of said vehicle.[*]Have you considered a listing with <a href="http://www.hemmings.com/">Hemmings Motor News?</a> I would make the assumption that readers of their web-site and/or printed magazine (its really a book based on the size of those things) are more apt to be car collectors that would appreciate what you're selling.<br>DISCLAIMER: I do not have any personal interest/connection with Hemmings.

<p>Whichever route you take, I wish you luck in finding an appropriate buyer for such a collectible automobile.<p>Cheers,

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As I posted earlier, I am in California until Sunday. Was going to look at the car today.<P>Jerry does it have power pull downs? I don't have my reference material with me but there were very few Driftwood convertibles made, I'm guessing.... from memory I think the number was 66.

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Barney:<P>If you're in Orange County, as I think you said you'd be, I'd be happy to show you the Driftwood. My cell phone number is (714) 342-5288.<P>Jerry

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Blenheim:<P>This is the third time I've used eBay to list a Reatta convertible. Both times previously, the cars sold for the "Buy It Now" price.<P>Best thing is the flat $40 fee that eBay charges. I do the ads myself; six photos with the digital camera, then to the "Sell" heading on eBay. Follow the instructions.<P>Good luck,<P>Jerry

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