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what is it worth

sgleavesgleave Posts: 1
I would like to know what a 72' malibu is worth.
It has a V-8 307, automatic 4-door, 55,000 original
miles with one owner.


  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Probably about $3,000-3,500 if it's really nice. A true show car could go somewhat higher, but $4K is about it. Any scratches or dents or repairs needed should be deducted from that.
  • mavrckmavrck Posts: 5
    Any opinions on the value of a '73 Maverick Grabber?

    1 owner, 80K, auto, V8.
    Excellent exterior, good interior.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    These cars don't seem to have any collectible value at this time, so something under $2,000 according to Kelley Blue Book Early Car Edition.
  • cobra98cobra98 Posts: 75
    Mr_Shiftright: Was it you on the previous Edmund bulleting boards that was participating in the Fiero discussion? If so, here's one you'll like. There's a specialty used car dealership on the way into work that sells Porsches, BMW, Jaguars, etc... Well I noticed last week they had a Fiero (and they still do). It's not the base, but I don't know if it's a GT or the Formula. I can only hope it's an '88 (last year). But anyhow, they are asking $6,900 for it! Talk about one born every day.... I think they'd be lucky to get close to half of that...
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Well, maybe if it were the last year 6 cylinder with the 5-speed trans and it was absolutely museum-grade, drop dead beautiful, they may get somewhere like that price--but without those options, not likely a 4 cylinder automatic would move at that price...the older stripper models are practically a sale-proof car.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Just a regular two door hardtop? Maybe $3,000-3,500 or so for a clean daily driver....if it was an SS, possibly up to $1,000 more in the condition noted...for any dents, torn upholstery or mechanical problems, deduct accordingly.

    If this is a convertible, the value doubles at least.
  • cmeehancmeehan Posts: 2
    it's a regular impala, not an SS or convertible
    thanks for the information....
  • moorgammoorgam Posts: 2
    Please tell me what a 1965 Impala, one owner, v-8 after market air would be worth. I don't want someone to take advantage of my ignorance now that my husband has died. Thanks.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Dear moorgam,

    Your question has been answered in your previous post, but briefly, if it is really in outstanding condition, anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000. Deduct accordingly for dents, faded paint, rust, bad upholstery, etc. If it's more like a sturdy, good-running but a bit well-worn type car (a "driver" as we say), more like $1,500-$2,000. If it's not running, then under $1,000.

    Hope this helps, and you may e-mail me (just click on the blue-highlighted name above this post) and I'll be glad to answer any of your questions.

    Mr. Shiftright
  • timctimc Posts: 4
    I have a 1976 Capri 11 Ghia V-6 in excellent condition. I have painted it recently and people are constantly asking me where they can get one and how much it costs, etc. Like they think it is a new model or something. Is it common for an older car to retain that newer style even as it gets older? Also, I haven't seen one on the road for years. How much is it worth appox.?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    I assume you are referring to the German Ford Capri marketed under the Mercury name?

    I used to have the same car, so I know them. They were (are) fun to drive and a nice set of wheels for not much money. Practically nobody knows about them, or cares, so market value is low for lack of interest...probably $2,500 for a nice one.

    You never know which body styles will look good to people in 20 years from now and which will look old and dated. The wedge shaped sports cars from the 80s are not looking so good these days, nor are American cars from the late 70s early 80s.
    But the old fastback style, which is more rounded, seems to still appeal to the modern eye, since cars today are very curvaceous rather than wedgey or boxy. This is why, for instance, most people will look at a 1960 Volvo 544 and say "awwww, how cute" and then look at a 1980 Volvo and say "UGH"....(or, to be kinder, maybe "ho-hum").
  • timctimc Posts: 4
    Thank you for the response on my Capri. Ihave one other car that is a "driver" but is for now stored. It is a 57 Ford Fairlane 500 4-door Victoria. At least it says so on the door jamb. It has a 312 (strong), auto, p.s., stock padded dash and one of those "ghost" town and country radios. If I painted it to original color scheme, what would it's appox. value be. Thank you for the info!
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    A 1957 Ford 4-door is not, unfortunately, a valuable car, so you'd have to think twice about putting much money into it. You can buy very nice ones today for $4,500-6,000, but if you can justify fixing it up while knowing that's your ceiling price, you can still certainly drive and enjoy the car.
  • tabtab Posts: 2
    I would like to know the value of a 1936 oldsmobile business coupe in running order. The body seems to be in very good condition.It has 85,000 miles. It has been in storage most of its life.

    At one time there was a publication called, "The Gold Book", from the Gold Book, Inc., 430 Tenth Ave. Atlanta GA 30318. It was a blue book for old cars. I would like to find their new address or a publication of a similar order.

    Thank you.

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Dear Tab,

    The only books I know of that currently exists that covers these older cars are:

    Old Car Price Guide

    and the

    Ultimate Car Collector Price Guide

    Personally, I find both these publications somewhat optimistic, and they are in fact called 'Wish Books' by many collectors, as in "I Wish I Could Get That Price for Mine!".

    But they are valuable in giving you a rough ballpark estimate, and, to be fair, are sometimes quite accurate. The problem is that they are showing "show car" prices, that is, values for highly restored cars, and readers don't get that, and think their unrestored and funky cars are worth that.

    There are some similar cars for sale currently in Hemmings Motor News

    Figure a restored car would be worth around $10,000 or so, so deduct from there...if it's a little old and dusty but all complete and presentable inside and out and you could just get in and drive it around, I'd say $3,500 would be about right.
  • mr-shiftright
    Thanks for the info
  • lchlch Posts: 2
    How 'bout a 71 Challenger hardtop, 440/4, automatic, factory air, hemi orange w/black top and interior? About 66,000 miles on car; unknown on engine (not the original). Spent most of its life on the west coast, so only a trace of rust. Probably about a #3 car.

    What might it be worth, and how would you try to sell it to get top dollar?

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Well, a non-original #2 Challenger 440-6 pak, nice nice car, sold recently for $13,000, so you can deduct from there for a body with some rust, etc.

    Best place to sell would be Hemmings Motor News.
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    How about a 1974 Blond Stratocaster, with new Spertzel locking tuning keys, very good Blond finish...oh, 1970's guitars are worth what the cars are from that era: squat. What happened to 1) quality build 2) originality/design in all walks of life in the 1970's??? BTW, the above guitar is un-datable by all guides I have, 1974 is an approximation. Can you imagine an un-datable car? Any examples you can give? :)
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Yeah, there are a few older cars that have a huge aftermarket ("huge" meaning you can order ANY body or mechanical part as well as "upgrade" the car for safety and reliability).

    In that above category would be VW bug and MGB.

    The late 70s, early 80s had to be the low point in American car design and engineering, or at least as lamentable as 1937-1947.

    Now, of course, we are in Renaissance, thank to the Japanese who woke the American car companies up, and to the computer, which made modern cars so versatile and reliable.
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