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What do you think a 1952 3/4 ton GMC unrestored pick up is worth? Engine runs well. body is good/minor repairs-interior rough. I might restore and I might sell. Thanks for any input in advance. Al

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Retail</TD><TD style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold" align=right>Average

Retail</TD><TD style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold" align=right>High

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NADA Prices

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Retail</TD></TR><TR><TD class=tableHeader2>Base Price</TD><TD align=right>$5,650</TD><TD align=right>$15,400</TD><TD align=right>$28,200</TD></TR><TR class=summaryFooter2><TD style="WHITE-SPACE: nowrap">TOTAL PRICE</TD><TD class=summaryFooter2 align=right>$5,650</TD><TD class=summaryFooter2 align=right>$15,400</TD><TD class=summaryFooter2 align=right>$28,200</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

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I have noticed that nothing is selling for the NADA prices lately due to the economy.

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1952 GMC

September 23, 2010

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Original MSRP: $1,537 Low

Retail Average

Retail High

Retail

Base Price $4,750 $12,850 $23,900

TOTAL PRICE $4,750 $12,850 $23,900

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Low Retail Value

This vehicle would be in mechanically functional condition, needing only minor reconditioning. The exterior paint, trim, and interior would show normal wear, needing only minor reconditioning. May also be a deteriorated restoration or a very poor amateur restoration. Most usable "as-is".

Some of the vehicles in this publication could be considered "Daily Drivers" and are not valued as a classic vehicle. When determining a value for a daily driver, it is recommended that the subscriber use the low retail value.

Note: This value does not represent a "parts car".

Average Retail Value

This vehicle would be in good condition overall. It could be an older restoration or a well-maintained original vehicle. Completely operable. The exterior paint, trim, and mechanics are presentable and serviceable inside and out. A "20-footer".

High Retail Value

This vehicle would be in excellent condition overall. It could be a completely restored or an extremely well maintained original vehicle showing very minimal wear. The exterior paint, trim, and mechanics are not in need of reconditioning. The interior would be in excellent condition. Note: This value does not represent a "100 Point" or "# 1" vehicle *.

* "100 Point" or "# 1" vehicle is not driven. It would generally be in a museum or transported in an enclosed trailer to concourse judging and car shows. This type of car would be stored in a climate-regulated facility

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Hi- one thing you have to be careful about with early trucks....everyone wants a half ton truck, not the larger 3/4 or 1 ton. If you but a decent half ton and restore it, it's fairly protected from a value standpoint in the marketplace. A 3/4 ton is a harder sell, and should only be taken on if you really, really like that particular truck..........

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Guest De Soto Frank

Good point about 1/2-ton vs 3/4 ton desireability.

If the NADA pricing that Roger posted is true, then

I am suddenly a "millionaire" in old iron.... ;)

Usually, only truck enthusiasts pursue GMCs, and then 3/4 ton or 1 ton at that.

If the sheetmetal is rust and dent free, it has an original or correct drivetrain, and a clear / negotiable title, that sort of beast might bring $1,500 - $3,500 around the NorthEast US.

At Macungie this summer, in the Swap Meet was a '54 Chevy 3800 1-ton Pickup, in pretty amazing original condition... fair amount of wrinkles in the fenders and running boards, and pretty faded Juniper Green paint, but NO rot, and NO buggery. Just an honest, preserved work vehicle. The asking price was $6,500.

Don't know if it sold.

It was one of those "is it too decent to restore?" vehicles ?

Comparing Chevy and GMC in that period, GMC had "better engines", in that they had insert bearings, full presure lubrication, and an oil filter. In this day and age, they are also more difficult and expensive to source engine parts for...

Coachwork and Chasses are pretty much the same between the two...

BTW, The '54 GMC is an oddball, with a very different, and rather industrial-looking dash; not a carbon copy of the '54-'55 Chevy truck dash.

If you're thinking of buying it for fix-up and resale, get it as cheap as you can...

Interior kits and most anything else is readily available; "The Stovebolt Page" is an excellent on-line resource for old Chevy & GMC trucks...

Good luck !

:cool:

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