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$25,000  on FB MarketPlace  not mine, wish it was.....     https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2766250173593997/ 

 

thoughts on value? anybody looked at it?  Looks to still need finishing up... ie steering wheel, some loose wire etc...

 

Hi guys thanks for the add. I'm trying to help a 75 yr old friend of mine to sell his 36 Buick three window coupe. Straight-8, 3spd manual, floor shifted. A very cool car that was restored 20 years ago and never driven. It's a very rare dual side-mount car. It's been in a garage ever since, comes with a ton of rare parts and manuals. I was last running 8 yrs ago. I'm sure this will be a blast to drive with a little work. He's asking $25k - not sure if he's being realistic or not... see pics. It's located in Massachusetts. Thanks! The first 4 pics are of the car when it was just completed, the rest were taken this past Saturday, as I found it. Stuffed with dryer sheets to prevent any mice from entering the car.

 

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It does look pretty nice.  Not perfect of course but that interior is beautiful.  Chrome looks all nicely redone as well.  As mentioned a few things to finish up.  Considering that 7500 buys you a somewhat crusty project I don't think it's unreasonable what they are asking.  Problem is the competition in the market with other cars in general from this era for 25G.  If you want a Buick just like this though.  this might be one of the best options right now. Makes me almost start thinking.  Biggest problem I see right now would be the mechanics need freshening for that he may take a bit of a hit.  Wonder if the engine was rebuilt? 

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Earl,  did you buy this coupe ?    This was the first of the later designs.     This was the first with hydraulic brakes and all metal bodies.   This was the last that had any wood inside.    They had only two engines in '36'.   The last of the 233 cu in.  (and the beginning of the 248 engine) and the 320 big engine.   It looks like a very nice outside.    If you needed any engine work and other mechanical work,  it might be a few bucks.    Even if it did,  when it was done it would be one of the nicest looking '36' coupes out there.   With the side mounts,  the original buyer bought an upscale version of the coupe.   

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8 hours ago, MrEarl said:

$25,000  on FB MarketPlace  not mine, wish it was.....     https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2766250173593997/ 

 

thoughts on value? anybody looked at it?  Looks to still need finishing up... ie steering wheel, some loose wire etc...

 

 

 

Looking at the facebook photos this coupe identifies as a Model 36-46S Sport Coupe with Opera seat,  FISHER Style 36 4477 and a production number of 1086 units.

 

My old eyes read the body tag as Style 36 4411? which is the FISHER designation for a 2 Door Victoria Coupe with Built in Trunk. No doubt there is an explanation for this which could be as simple as my vision.  

 

There is a lot of value in the work completed and the car appears to have been a very solid original. Some additional valuable parts including a radio can be seen in the trunk. Still a fair amount of finishing work to do but that could be a nice light project for us old blokes.

 

If you were looking at restoring a 1936 Series 40 Opera Coupe this car would save you a heap of money as the heavy lifting and expensive work certainly appears to be done. 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, auburnseeker said:

to you? 

 

3 hours ago, Jim Nelson said:

Earl,  did you buy this coupe ?    This was the first of the later designs.     This was the first with hydraulic brakes and all metal bodies.   This was the last that had any wood inside.    They had only two engines in '36'.   The last of the 233 cu in.  (and the beginning of the 248 engine) and the 320 big engine.   It looks like a very nice outside.    If you needed any engine work and other mechanical work,  it might be a few bucks.    Even if it did,  when it was done it would be one of the nicest looking '36' coupes out there.   With the side mounts,  the original buyer bought an upscale version of the coupe.   

No guys, twasn't me. Although since dragging the old 36 Roadmaster home from Manassas and seeing the lines and art deco styling of  that car sitting out front of Buick Sales and Service I have been taking notice of more 36's than before. And truth be told I was beginning to wonder what would I be willing trade or sell for such a beautiful specimen as that one was. But I did get into a bit of trouble when Rita asked why did you "save" this pretty yellow '36 Buick on my Facebook page. "Save for a friend hon, for a friend"

 

1 hour ago, 50jetback said:

My old eyes read the body tag as Style 36 4411?

 I'm seeing the same Stuart so not sure what gives on that. It certainly didn't last long on the market, I was thinking the 25K a bit high given the unknowns but who knows what the 75 year old gentlemen who sold it may have let it go for. And who knows what this 70 year old fart may let something go for if I can't shake the growing desire to have one of these.

 

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On 1/18/2021 at 12:47 AM, 50jetback said:

Lamar - a chance to make an offer.

 

I threw a low ball at him...he threw it back with $20,000 on it. What's it worth Stuart?

 

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12 hours ago, MrEarl said:

 

I threw a low ball at him...he threw it back with $20,000 on it. What's it worth Stuart?

 

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This one doesn't compare well with the car which was the original subject of this thread. I don't see it being worth anything like that car ( which sold quickly for probably something a little less than $25k ).

 

I'm not familiar with the term " motor freshened up ". Does it mean it's been steam cleaned and painted or mechanically rebuilt?

The under hood photo shows all the indications that the car had been boiling for some time - a lot of rusty water staining. That being the case you would want to know the condition of the radiator etc.

The new upholstery doesn't seem to be fitted well and the new rubber flooring has actually been nailed down, in the rear at least.

 

Without seeing more detailed photos and a better description of mechanical condition it is hard to put a price on this one. Certainly good bones but I would have thought between $7.5k and $10k. I know you Americans are more well mannered  than us Aussies but at $20k I'd tell that Mustang owning seller he's " dreamin " .

 

I'm wondering why a Mustang collector purchased this car 4 years ago - are you running low on Mustangs in the US?    

 

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14 hours ago, 50jetback said:

Certainly good bones but I would have thought between $7.5k and $10k.

 

Then my offer wasn't too low ball after all. Just fair it sounds like...

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Too many question marks on this car in that 2nd listing.  Imo any interested buyer would have put his hands on this car.  Moreover it's overpriced at $23,500!

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I bought a '38 Special sedan in very similar condition (middling driver with new upholstery) some years ago for $5K. Allowing for inflation, and the fact it's a more desirable body style, I figured both buyer and seller should be equally unhappy at maybe $13K, tops.

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And another

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1936-Buick-Series-40/274656649355?hash=item3ff2cfe08b:g:-KYAAOSwpkpfwtsC

 

This one certainly looks the part and the advert includes many photos and good description.

 

I don't think the external luggage rack is original but it is nicely fitted, also not sure about the fender spats. I have seen them on other 1936 Buicks but have always believed they were not factory accessories - maybe someone can confirm.

 

Another chance to make an offer Lamar but probably not a real low ball!! Although maybe you could because I see the Buick has to go because he's restoring a Corvette (  if it was an Aston Martin I could understand!! ).

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Sharp car! I think the first year for fender skirts (spats) was 1940, definitely not as early as '36, but they're well done and look good. Same for the luggage rack; not factory as far as I know, but looks like it could be.

The question is whether the extra non-factory goodies are worth the premium the seller is demanding. I've paid more than I should've for cars before, and if this one strikes you the right way, go for it!

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