Fox Collections

1955 Chevy Nomad Bel Air

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1 hour ago, Fox Collections said:

There's no fishing at all. There's no set price as I'm trying to determine the value as I'm not a car expert. The car was never stored in a wet or damp place and I'm not sure what gives you that impression. As I noted in my first post it was garage kept for 30 years, yet it has been sitting out side under a car cover for 3-4years. I was advised to join this forum as there are knowledgeable people that are willing to guide me in the right direction. So far everyone has been very welcoming until now.

George, I'm not sure where this is coming from since you were the first to make a offer over DM. That said, we are all untitled to our opinions and YES I am very much interested in selling the car, I just didn't want to be taken advantage of and was trying to educate myself. I will get some pictures of the what's under the hood over the next few weeks. If anyone is still interested by all means let me know. 

This is the internet world reaction to what you have to sell, mostly good inputs and a few skeptics.  Overall you will get the help you seek.  Price is difficult to set with the present condition of the car.  You can help your cause by cleaning up the car, making sure the tires hold air for pics, show any parts that go with it and so forth.  Bottom line is the car will be expensive to restore to original condition.  Your actual buyer might be a resto mod person who is not worried about absolute originality.  

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yes George,

 

the number is over 8000 on almost all sources. so 55 had the highest production.

 

not sure why every acct is slightly different........

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1 hour ago, Fox Collections said:

There's no fishing at all. There's no set price as I'm trying to determine the value as I'm not a car expert. The car was never stored in a wet or damp place and I'm not sure what gives you that impression. As I noted in my first post it was garage kept for 30 years, yet it has been sitting out side under a car cover for 3-4years. I was advised to join this forum as there are knowledgeable people that are willing to guide me in the right direction. So far everyone has been very welcoming until now.

George, I'm not sure where this is coming from since you were the first to make a offer over DM. That said, we are all untitled to our opinions and YES I am very much interested in selling the car, I just didn't want to be taken advantage of and was trying to educate myself. I will get some pictures of the what's under the hood over the next few weeks. If anyone is still interested by all means let me know. 

I got the impression it was stored in a wet/damp location because of the interior surface rust. I've pulled enough cars out of garages, barns, and from under tarps to know the signs of wet or damp storage conditions.

Yes, I did make an offer. After reading Matt's opinion and advice, I believe it was a high offer, too high.  As I stated, I think he is correct about your car. The reason I think this is a fishing expedition is because of your replies via PM. You asked what my offer would be & my reply was " Probably in the same range as the other offers you have. I saw 1 or 2 on the forum. For me, a lot depends on what the engine and transmission are. That's why I want the codes/numbers off the engine." Part of your reply to that was "That's some what vague. I've had offers from 12-20k as it sits now." Knowing you have a car that is a #5 condition car per "Old Cars Price Guide", why would you not have sold it already for the $20,000 you were offered, unless you are fishing, since it's worth about half that.

Nonetheless, I'm out, but I'll gladly decode the codes & numbers off the engine when you get them. It may help one of your buyers make a decision on the car.

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Thanks Terry, I will do that. From what I was told the 55 has a 327 corvette engine from 65 or 66. 350 hp and a 4 bolt main that holds the crank shaft. Again, everything is what some one will pay. Based on that and now knowing the engine are we thinking it's worth 10-12k? As mentioned I would l've to restore it but wouldn't know where to start nor have some where to store it. I was thinking of putting it up for sale on eBay motors and call it a day. 

 

George, I'm happy to sell it, I was just trying to do all my home work before hand. 

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go put it on ebay. no debating and at the end of the day, you will get what the mkt will bear.

 

that simple.

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2 hours ago, mercer09 said:

go put it on ebay. no debating and at the end of the day, you will get what the mkt will bear.

 

that simple.

I think you are correct about ebay. It seems most cars that show up here with questions as to value ultimately get the ebay response. Probably the best & maybe should be the first response to such an inquiry. Let that market tell the potential seller what his car is worth.

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Just as long as the seller understands they might sell their car 2 or 3x on ebay before it actually sells.

 

That is just how it works. I once sold a 66 Mustang 4x before it really sold. Plenty of bidders and many go MIA when it comes time to pay.

 

Here on AACA you have many enthusiastic car collectors, and no, we dont like playing around. That is hard for a seller to understand, when they are just trying to get top dollar.

 

Auburnseeker is an "expert" with ebay and has seen pretty much every scenario possible. ask him.

 

There was an Auburn for sale on here about a yr ago, and the fishing was ridiculous. In the end, the seller blamed the family for not getting it sold and then went MIA himself.

 

Most who ask these questions on here are only fishing, though I am not accusing the op of that. I was a serious buyer at the beginning of this thread. No longer interested as well.

 

I realize I want to buy a "done" car and dont want any more projects.

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1 hour ago, mercer09 said:

 

Auburnseeker is an "expert" with ebay and has seen pretty much every scenario possible. ask him.

Well I wouldn't go that far.  I know enough to know, I know more that I want to know. ;) The only experts on ebay are the guys that affect policy that never actually use the site. 

Anyways I would be more than happy to give the OP some suggestions to help minimize questions and get it in front of the most number of eyes. 

As always I suggest a reserve, if any at all, so low that it's painful but tripped early so as to get the bidders in a feeding frenzy.  Once they know they can own it,  they will be more aggressive to own it.  Lots of detailed clear photos and you will need to decode that engine tranny first.  That will be one of the number one questions asked.  You will also need those parts inventoried.  If they are missing it could affect the value by a couple thousand dollars and quite possibly the interest.  You will have more buyers with the more complete it is.  

I still stick by my first numbers give or take a little depending on how much Nomad stuff is missing.  Let us know if you go that route so we can watch and see which one of us gets the Boobie prize for best guesstimate. 

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As for the storage.

If these pictures are current the car is in a damp environment as we speak.

Leaves in the nooks and crannies are a huge promotor of decay.

The pavement is wet in the pictures.

And the statement leads one to believe it has been in this location for three years with a cover on it.

All that along with other observations here indicate that this body will need some serious restoration no matter what it is worth.

A couple of hours with a pressure washer and a wash mitt along with an air compressor might help you get it a bit more presentable and quite possibly yield some higher offers.

As it sits it looks neglected.

I think asking value without getting it ready, and without knowing what it has under the hood is putting the cart before the horse.

If you indeed decide to let Ebay dictate its value do these things first so that it at least looks like it has potential, not just offering up a neglected hulk.

This is meant to be constructive, not destructive criticism. I hope you take it as it is intended.

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Thanks guys, all the information and advice is extremely helpful. I will definitely utilize the information and plan accordingly. Once, I clean her up, show all the additional parts, put air in the tires and provide the engine / tranny info I will re-post the proper pictures here first. At that time you all should have the info you need and we can proceed. Once again, thank you all for your help and have a great day.

If anyone has any additional questions please feel free to DM.

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On 3/2/2019 at 4:46 PM, LAWRENCE111 said:

'56 NOMAD best one ... 55 and 57 not even close .. 

To each his own, but those "cut-out" rear wheel wells were only used on 55 Nomads, and really made them look like race cars. SO much more appealing than 56 or 57's. But again, to each his own. 

 

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