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Successful Classic Car Trades - Any Good Experiences ?

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Anyone have a good classic car trading experience to share ?

 

Recently I have been involved in a couple car trades involving rare cars ...

 

Here is the first:

 

I was asked by my friend to travel from Flagstaff, AZ to San Diego, CA.for a trade from San Diego to Long Beach and back ...

 

While that might seem a relatively long way to travel for a short round trip ... ;)

 

Kim is my good friend and I was honored to make the exchange.


Jim

 

 

I picked up this 1908 Ford Model S in San Diego, California:

 

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The Ford was in the back yard of a home in a residential neighborhood - so I rigged up a tow line to get it to the street.

 

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Jim

 

 

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Then I loaded up the Ford for the trip up to Long Beach:

 

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I have safely transported over (300)  Ford Model T's and TT's in various configurations.

As with all early cars - it is important to keep the top up for transport - that is why I have an 8 foot rear door.

 

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Safely Delivered

 

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Jim

 

 

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Coming back to San Diego to complete the trade was this 1934 Ford California Cabriolet V-8:

 

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Safely delivered to San Diego

 

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Jim

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I can see this swap work as these cars are quite different from each other.

Similar cars swapping probably not so much.

I always see swapping as one guy trading his junk for another guys junk.

But no cash involved make it pretty easy to do and now there are two guys with something new to deal with.

So there is the good and the bad I guess.

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This is the second Ford "California" have heard of. Other is a Mustang. Were there others ?

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I'd love to make an even trade for my 74 MGB for something different. Nothing wrong with the car,it's a chrome bumper one,fun to drive.My wife says it's too hard for her to get in and it of"not senior friendly" and like B.B. King once said, "the thrill is gone".

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I traded a '62 T-Bird straight across for a '57 Chevy Handyman with a classic car dealer in Kansas.

 

I traded a '37 Packard straight across for a '30 Ford Model A with a guy from western NY.

 

 

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On 5/28/2020 at 12:57 PM, padgett said:

This is the second Ford "California" have heard of. Other is a Mustang. Were there others ?

 

Not a Ford, but in the early 80s bought a 1969 Buick GS California.  Pillar post car; it had a 350 4bbl and special air cleaner. 

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Neighbor / long time friend begged to trade his almost done 69 Charger for our 72 Vista Cruiser (350 4 bbl) that needed a lot of work; had been in primer for 25 years. 

 

 

 

 

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I've been swapping cars since my teens. I'm a senior now. Most of the time it's just for a changed view from the driver seat and something different to look at in the driveway.

Not always a good financial move. Usually not!

 One time 4 of us teens made a deal on a Friday and we all drove home different cars. Some with a bit less cash in pocket, some more. Basically the cars were just a cut above junk back then, none worth over $1000. It really caused a lot of problems for my then girlfriend on one trade. She loved my 1958 Ford Fairlane, so like an idiot I traded it for a 62 T-Bird that was really rough. She hated it, so I traded for a 1966 Ford Fairlane that never made it home as the transmission quit. I was in the doghouse for a long time over that deal!

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I once traded a car for a paint job on another car.  A few years ago, I decided I needed to own just one collector car due to health problems.  I put my 1961 Bel Air Sport Sedan up for sale and decided to keep my 1965 Impala Sport Sedan.  A younger guy (probably in his 30s) came to see the Bel Air one day.  He brought his wife and two young daughters with him.  He came into my garage to inspect the Bel Air by himself while his family waited in their car.  Once he decided he liked the Bel Air, he had his family come in and look at it.  They liked it too and said he should buy the car. 

 

While all this was going on in the garage, the running but cosmetically challenged Impala was sitting in the driveway, just outside the garage.  The guy said he wasn't going to negotiate a lower selling price, but he had a different offer for me.  He started looking over the Impala, leading me to believe he was interested in it too.  After he inspected the Impala for a minute, he offered to trade a paint job on the Impala for the Bel Air.  My intentions were to use the money from the sale of the Bel Air toward a paint job on the Impala, so it made sense to me.  We wrote an agreement stating exactly what body and paint work was included in his offer so there would be no misunderstanding.

 

He took the Impala to his shop and three months later I got it back with a nice paint job.  I enjoyed the car for two years and then sold it to make room for another car that caught my eye.

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I thought about doing the same thing,trading my MGB for a nice paint job on my 35 Buick but ended up painting it myself. It's not perfect and there are some area that I should redo but not bad.

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