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My stunning 5a sold for 5 figures

Post by mike carr » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:37 pm

As many of you probably know, I listed my stunning 5a for sale on ebay a few days ago which has now been sold for a very respectable price, and rightly so.
Its new home will be in Ireland as from the 28/3/17 were it will be continued to be very well looked after by its new owner :)
In the short time I had owned it, it had achieved a lot, especially with the Magazine shoot with Tom Karen, a very proud and rewarding experience.
I always remained optimistic that nice exceptional examples would demand respectable prices, and it has now been proven, great news for the marque.
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Re: My stunning 5a sold for 5 figures

Post by paul57 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:46 pm

that was a good investmant you doubled your money in the short time you owned it



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Re: My stunning 5a sold for 5 figures

Post by mike carr » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:36 pm

paul57 wrote:that was a good investmant you doubled your money in the short time you owned it
Certainly did Paul, but lets not forget I have spent money on improvements, and my labour of love is quite expensive per hour :)



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Re: My stunning 5a sold for 5 figures

Post by scmarf » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:44 pm

Was looking at it yesterday. There can't be many unrestored examples in that condition these days. Good to see it fetched a good price - if only to ensure that the next owner cherishes it as a custodian for the future. If he paid for it in pounds, he would get 15% off of course!
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Re: My stunning 5a sold for 5 figures

Post by DARK STAR » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:50 pm

Well done, as you say it's good for the image and value of the marque.


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Re: My stunning 5a sold for 5 figures

Post by Scimher » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:35 am

...You'll miss it, Mike - but well done on a great sale...Trust that you will continue to post, as your enthusiasm for the marque always leaps out of the computer screen...



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Re: My stunning 5a sold for 5 figures

Post by mike carr » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:19 am

Scimher wrote:...You'll miss it, Mike - but well done on a great sale...Trust that you will continue to post, as your enthusiasm for the marque always leaps out of the computer screen...
Absolutely Scimher I always remained optimistic that the scimitar would eventually fetch a respectable price, although I still think in comparison to even some
modern classics they are still way at the bottom price wise. My 5a which is in superb original condition I still believe is worth more, and I believe eventually
they will make there mark, I don't know of any other 5a that has sold for £10k so this could be a kick start for the marque. but it is down to the present
owners to promote their cars and push up the prices a bit, its time they got up there with the rest.! And yes I will miss it but I never say never :)



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Re: My stunning 5a sold for 5 figures

Post by scimmy ben » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:49 pm

Well done Mike. By holding out for the right price, you should have pulled the price of all Scimitars up a notch.

Just one thing, will you now have to change your username to 'his carr' or 'her carr'?


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Re: My stunning 5a sold for 5 figures

Post by ScimiTom » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:27 pm

Congratulations, Mike - what a stunner! It is no wonder that she has not failed an MOT in at least the last 10 years of records that I can access. And less than 6,000 miles covered in 10 years!? Crikey - if I had a car as good as that I'd be out in it every day! Out of interest, what made you sell? Sorry if you've already explained that elsewhere.

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Re: My stunning 5a sold for 5 figures

Post by mike carr » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:29 pm

Thanks Scimmy Ben/ Scim Tom, Good question, why did I sell it? well tbh I own quite a few cars and I am a massive fan of Saabs especially the 900s 16v turbo, like Scimitars
I have owned both, and I have just acquired a superb 900s also show standard :) The Scimitar demands a lot of attention to keep it in its present condition, not that I mind
because its always a pleasure not just to look at but also to drive.
I have achieved a lot with it in the short time I have owned it and I am very proud of that :) I always new in my heart of hearts the 5 series was undoubtedly a true Classic
despite the fact they never really got the recognition they so rightly deserved, which is why they remained relatively cheap and I suppose not as desirable, god knows why.
I had a good chat with Tom Karen during the photo shoot of my Scimitar, and he was in admiration of its originality and condition, We touched on the topic of why the prices
were so low in comparison to modern retro classics, he said a lot was to do with it being fibre glass, even though TVRs and the like are also Fibre glass, they seemed to have
more appeal to the general public. However he did say examples like mine are most definitely worth more especially to the Scimitar enthusiast, he wouldn't put a price on it
although he did say it should easily fetch five figures, he wasn't wrong.!
I have owned 5 Scimitars since i was introduced to them back in 1984, four of which have been 5a's, I did own a 6a but it wasn't for me, I sold it to Justin (Rebel Alliance)
That's the name he uses on the forum, it was and still is a stunning 6 but it should be after the full respray and wheel refurb I gave it.
The 5a in my mind is what Scimitars are about, they just ooze character and class although the 6 is also a lovely looking car if its the right colour.! some of reliants colours
were awful imho.
My Scimitars new home will be in Ireland a village called Muckalee in County Kilkenny apparently between Kilkenny and Carlow, I have never been to Ireland so I must pay
a visit some time. Wether I decide to have another depends, I cant imagine ever finding anything as good as Stirling (my 5a) but you never know and I never say never :)
When I made the decision to sell it wasn't easy and Many thought I was a little optimistic with the price, however I was determined to stick to the price I wanted, in fact I
I was offered £9k but refused, Its not about the money I didn't need it, it was the fact that Stirling was worth £10k and more imho, and will be worth even more in years
to come just like all Scimitars should be.! :) Anyway the soon to be new owner is flying over next Tuesday and I will be picking him up from East midlands airport, only
25 mins from me. I will be taking some pictures of Stirlings departure :( atleast he will be living in a large heated out building with company I believe.



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Re: My stunning 5a sold for 5 figures

Post by mike carr » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:12 pm

This is Gino Appezzato, the new proud owner of Stirling, who flew over this morning from Kilkenny Ireland to collect his new purchase, a really nice guy
who was absolutely delighted with how stunning and well presented the car looked, and after his test drive, which he thought was a fantastic we
headed back to sort out paper work and seal the deal.!
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It was a real pleasure owning Stirling albeit a short time, but his new home is in a newly built heated unit along with some of Gino's other Classics.
Good luck in your new home Stirling, a truly superb example of an original 5a, and long may you stay that way.!



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