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Jackskid

Need help determining value of my special Gran Fury

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Hi all and thanks in advance for any light you might shed!

I have a 1985 Plymouth Gran Fury Salon with only 42,000 miles on it. (!) I'm the second owner. The first was the little old man I bought it from. They used his wife's car for everyday errands. The Gran Fury was their "Sunday Car," and only driven (slowly—he was 75 when it was new!) around town. It had only 24,000 miles on it when I purchased it.

It was garage kept till I bought it in 2005. Driveway since. It remains a strictly "around town" car, no hard driving. We bought it to keep at my mother's home to use when my sisters and I visit.

Everything is original except the muffler, tires, alternator and shocks. I'd say it's in good but not mint condition. Mechanically she's very sound and reliably runs like a champ. But cosmetically, the clear coat has started to peel and the headliner sags.

Still, the level of interest in this car has been truly unbelievable. I'm often approached in parking lots with offers to buy and notes are frequently left under the windshield wiper. I've been told it has much to do with, A.) This being the fleet vehicle of choice for police departments in the 1980's, or, B.) It being fondly remembered as a favorite car by former owners.

Recently our needs have changed and we've sadly concluded we now require a different sort of vehicle on hand. However we've grown enormously fond of her and wish to pass her on to someone who will really appreciate and care for this special old girl.

So my question is, what is the best way to have her true and fair current value assessed, and where/how would one best make known her availability to the kind of collector we'd like to pass her on to?

Thanks again for any and all help!

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I can tell that you are very attached to the car, so there is a danger here that you may want to shoot the messenger. It's worth between $2,000 and $3,700 depending on the considerations of, do you want to sell quick and wholesale it. Or do you want to invest the time to get retail. Without pictures of the paint and interior no one can really give you the value, even the color can influence the value. Those are prices that you can expect if you find a serious buyer.

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Unfortunately you have a car that is too new and common to be considered very collectible, and too old to have much residual value, hence the very modest prices being mentioned. Given the sagging headliner and peeling clearcoat it sounds like this particular one may have some additional substantial issues so even though the mileage is low it sounds like it has not been well cared for. As a result you may be looking at the lower end of the price ranges mentioned, and if there is something substantial needing fixing - timing belt, transmission, wiring harness, noticeable rust, etc. then the sales price could drop to something even more disappointing since these values are for cars that do not need that kind of high cost work. Repairs would be more than for a newer car since original parts will not be very available.

My suggestion is the next time you get a note on your windshield offering to buy it that you call them right away and negotiate a deal with your bill of sale saying "as is" and "no returns". Or, if you were to hold onto it for another 20 years or so it would then start to fall into the vintage timeframe by then and the price might start to increase.

I wish you the best.

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Unfortunately you have a car that is too new and common to be considered very collectible

It's 28 years old! A collector 80s cars might be highly interested. I would put it up for sale in something like Hemmings and ask for offers. The pealing paint is not an issue as that plagued many cars of that era. I would attend to the headliner, however.

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I would say if you get an offer of $2500 - take it before they change their minds. Not trying to insult you or your car but as Kimo said, you really don't have a collectible car but instead an old car - major differences when determining value.

Bob

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