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1941 Oldsmobile Woodie Wagon... Help with pricing...


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I have a 41 Oldsmobile Woodie Wagon, which is largely original. I purchased the vehicle about eight (8) years ago from a family going through a rough spot in life. The patriarch of the family had changed the factory engine for a late 70's, early 80's Oldsmobile 455. My understanding is that the choice to change the engine, was largely due to the lack of resources at the time (lack of the internet, or knowing where to find parts). Nevertheless, I'm not sure what the present value of the vehicle actually is, as I haven't seen another 41 recently sell?

Can anyone assist in the assessment of pricing, or point me in the proper direction - website, publication, or otherwise?. Excluding the engine, the vehicle is largely original - wood, interior, included. My understanding is that there are maybe three (3) to six (6) of these 41's left?

At any rate, I do have the original inline six, as well as any part that was initially taken off the vehicle. Furthermore, the car does run and drive; although, it has been a while. It presently resides in climate controlled garage.

Any thoughts, or questions - let me know.





















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The value of your Oldsmobile Woodie, has more to do with other sold Woodie wagons and is not specific to your particular make/model. Woodie Wagons have escalated in price over the years. Nice cars sell for $50,000 to $100,000. In general, rarity in a make/model is not a real factor when determining value. In fact, a 1941 Ford may be worth more because the demand is greater. Of greater importance is cosmetic condition, mechanical condition, originality, documentation, owner history, etc. On the plus side, the wood in the photos looks to be very original and beautiful. If the paint is original, that is a plus and I personally would not repaint the car if this is the case. If the paint is not original, then the next owner would need to paint the vehicle and cost could well exceed $10,000. From what I see in the photos, the car looks solid and fairly rust free. The engine that is in the vehicle really is a big negative. Having the original is a plus but odds are, the original needs to be rebuilt.

In my opinion, I would put a value on this vehicle, the way it sits at $25,000 to $35,000. This price range is for establishing a sale price and being able to sell it in a reasonable amount of time. For insurance purposes, I would put a value on it for $50,000

Could you get more? Yes. You may find someone that has been looking for a 1941 Oldsmobile for ten years and is not going to let this one get by. If you are in a hurry to sell, you may get less. Marketing and finding the right buyer is everything.

Comparing and valuing classic cars is like comparing apples and oranges. I know that someone is going to comment that they saw one sell at an auction for much more and someone may say that that they saw one sell for much less.

I would love to inspect this car to put a firm value on it but I hope to have given you something to think about. Call me on my cell at 586-453-9316 and we can discuss further. I have many questions and may be able to better price this car once those questions are answered.

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