Lahti35

Value of a '53 Ford 4 door

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He's asking about double what its worth.

My thoughts exactly.  53 Fords are pretty low on the gotta have it list.  They are not a bad car just not real desirable.  2 door models in good shape can be had for around 10,000.

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There appears to be a slight colour mismatch on the left front fender; otherwise, it appears to be a nice, well-preserved car.  Of course there could be rust hidden somewhere, but the photos don't show any.

 

I agree that the asking price is about double what the car is worth.

 

Just my opinion,

Grog

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53 four door in Detroit area is about the $5000 range in very good condition. There are not many people out there looking for a 4 door! Wayne

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Thanks guys, just checking to see if my value estimate was close or way off. I contacted the seller and he informed me in no uncertain terms that he had been "advised of value and prices", reserve is set at 14.5k.

 

I don't want to turn this into a seller bashing thread but it sure is a shame when a nice used car comes up for sale but the seller has been poorly informed of value.

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Check completed items on E- Bay for 1953 ford. Same model in comparable condition closed Aug. 1 at $4999.99 with no bids.

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How many people do you know that are out shopping for a 1953 Ford, 4 door ? I personally don't know a single one. How many 53 Ford four doors do you see at car shows ? None! Now you know why he is going to have a very difficult and likely impossible task ahead of him ! Unfortunately his ridiculous price is scaring away potential buyers. Wayne

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Even half the asking price seems a bit much. The paint looks a bit suspicious to be original and the drivers door has without a doubt been repaired and repainted. The engine looks too crudy for that mileage. The interior shots don't show enough of the inside.

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Lahti 35,

If you're interested in the car, just submit a bid. It may be the best offer the seller gets, and, who knows, he/she may accept that. It appears to be a car in pretty good condition, and could be a fun driver ... so bid accordingly.

Cheers,

Grog

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Lahti 35,

If you're interested in the car, just submit a bid. It may be the best offer the seller gets, and, who knows, he/she may accept that. It appears to be a car in pretty good condition, and could be a fun driver ... so bid accordingly.

Cheers,

Grog

 

I did, bet i'll be the high bidder too, lol. It does look like a fun driver and that's what I'm after.

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I hope your bid was not close to his asking price ! Wayne

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I hope your bid was not close to his asking price ! Wayne

Nope... I feel like $6000 is tippy tops for me if it runs and drives like he says. Don't have much hope for bringing it home though... he seemed like one of those guys who just knew what the value is and would rather sit on it for all time than let it go for any less... but you never know, just have to wait and see.

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Nope... I feel like $6000 is tippy tops for me if it runs and drives like he says. Don't have much hope for bringing it home though... he seemed like one of those guys who just knew what the value is and would rather sit on it for all time than let it go for any less... but you never know, just have to wait and see.

Hope he enjoys sitting because he likely will do just that. If indeed it runs fine your offer is realistic. Wayne

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I am not a Ford guy, but I think the 53 Flathead is a 239 cid engine.

Is the seller confused or just more misinformed than he thinks?

I would rather have a stick shift if I was interested as well.

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53 four door in Detroit area is about the $5000 range in very good condition...  Wayne

 

I agree with Wayne, and think that if the seller

was able to get $5000, he should be grateful.

Under $5000 would be a fair price for you, I believe.

 

Asking prices for cars are frequently out of touch

with reality.  So if you really wanted that particular

example, you could likely wait a year or more and

find his asking price more realistic.  Or give him a

sincere call after his 3rd Ebay attempt.  I have called

a year after a car was advertised and found it 

still for sale--and that's not uncommon at all.

 

I'll bet, with patience, you could find a nicer example

for $5000. 

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The problem with many sellers is that once they hear a number that they like, THAT becomes THE number; there's no talking them out of it. I'm positive someone, somewhere told this guy this was a $15,000 car. Maybe someone who knew what he was talking about, but more likely some yokel at a gas station who walked by and made an off-hand comment. Never mind the dozens of other well-learned people telling him otherwise, THAT guy was the expert he chose to listen to. I'm working with a seller now who has a few semi-interesting cars that his father left him. He doesn't know much about cars, but what he does know is that his father, right before he died, said that they were worth $100,000.

 

Each.

 

So that's where he's standing. He doesn't want the cars, he doesn't drive them, and they've deteriorated quite a bit since his father passed away, but until someone shows up with three or four hundred thousand dollars, well, they're going to sit and rot (and get less and less valuable, but he's not hearing any of that, either). More than a few experts have reviewed the cars and they've all given him about the same answer: the cars are worth 50-60% of what he expects. Nevertheless, his dad said they were $100,000 cars, so that's the end of that.

 

And so they will rot. And wait. And everyone will get a year older. The cars will get farther and farther away from being on the road. And maybe, someday if this guy's great grandchildren live long enough, those cars might be worth what his dad said they were worth seven years ago. He's apparently willing to wait.

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Money at 7% doubles in ten years.

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Re John and Matt's comments. I totally agree. I also collect wooden. Duck decoys. As soon as there is a television show that a collector bought a decoy for $50 and sold it for $1000 everybody thinks their decoys in the garage are worth a thousand dollars. Many times they are hunting birds worth $25 but try to convince the seller about their real worth. After that they sit and rot because he has a fictitious number lodged in his brain. The same with cars ! Wayne

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There is a 54 crestline 4dr. on ebay ,nice for a lot less money

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I guess somebody wanted it.... 14.5k! If the sale goes through anyway!

Are you saying the original car sold for $14,5 and if so. How do you know that ? Wayne

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Are you saying the original car sold for $14,5 and if so. How do you know that ? Wayne

 Just click the link in my opening post, it shows the sold price. Bid history shows my bids underneath a zero feedback bidder who bid once at 14.5k. How it got that high without someone actually bidding against him beats me... I thought ebay only bids up if somebody is bidding against you. My max bid was under 6k and they were only bidding against me at the end... something rotten in the state of Denmark?

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I obviously don't know how EBay works now. I thought the high bidder was $100 above the second bidder not several thousand. Wayne

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