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radiator/value price of 1913 buick

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I have the opportunity to buy a 1913 Buick touring RH drive, model 24(?). It was restored many years ago and has been stored since. The owner was told when he purchased it that the radiator has a leak and the block may have an external leak/crack. In the worst case scenario, what would restoring a (honeycomb?) radiator cost? Are they repairable with much success? It is what I would consider a pretty complete, decent (possibly amateur) restoration of driver quality but hasn't been run in many years. What would be a ballpark value of a car like this in this condition?

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Those radiators are expensive. Have a friend who had a 31 chevy honeycomb radiator repaired and was 800. for the repair. An new radiator would easily be a couple of thousand.

Without photos or further information, I would guess the car to have a value in the 25k range, give or take 5k

as to details, such as the rad.

If the block is cracked, you could take several thousand dollars off of the value easily.

More information is needed.... photos, etc.

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The original radiator was fin and tube. Depending on the cost or repairing the honeycomb core (if that is what it is) it may be less expensive to put an original style core back in it.

I've seen a few running, driving older restorations for $25,000 or less in the past couple years. They are great cars, but the Model 24 (roadster) and Model 25 (touring) are the small models. I certainly wouldn't want to pay that for a non-running one that may need block and/or radiator repairs.

Photos would certainly help.

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For an early brass car, the two worst things that can be wrong are a bad radiator and a cracked block.

If good, driving examples of this model are in the $25K range, which sounds about right for the smaller Buicks of those years, then I'd say no more than $15K for the one you describe.


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