What should I be looking to pay..

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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by james_stan » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:07 pm

Wow - instant info.. I emailed yesterday for more info/pics but nothing yet. Is Geoff known on the forum?

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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by philhoward » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:16 pm

Not that I'm aware of?


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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by gordini5 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:51 pm

It sounds like you are looking for a similar standard to the car I bought in 2012 and I'd agree with everything above. I ended up with a SE5a that had done around 25k miles since a mid 90's nut and bolt restoration. With limited tools I find it an added bonus that most nuts/bolts/parts are still easy to remove and I've had very few problems added to the list allowing me to get on with the improvements that were needed. The RSSOC buyers guide made a very helpful checklist and led me to the rotten roll over bar at the B post :) - pity I didn't notice the swollen sill at the same time :( but all sorted now :)

The documented nut and bolt resto has also helped when it comes to parts identification, eg I'm told finding the right size diff pinion shaft seal can be a trick but just a couple of days ago went straight to the old Graham Walker invoice and part ref number, saves the car having to be off the road. Given the obvious, but mostly easy fix problems, I feel I paid top money for my SE5a but I'm glad I stretched for the documents and history in what proved to be a car that had 'no skeletons in the closet' to catch me out with limited knowledge.



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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by Rev Light » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:36 pm

I would also add:

1. That sometimes it is better to 'get on' with a local car, with a few issues, in a timely fashion, than spending months and months going up and down the country looking for 'the perfect one' - As long as the price of the car is reasonable against its condition. You can waste a lot of time and petrol. Have a checklist, but be realistic. A bird in the hand and all that.
2. What looks to be the perfect car at your maximum budget, can still hide issues. If you have blown all your pocket money on the purchase, you might not have any left for the hidden surprise.
3. Be ready to move quickly when one comes up. On one occasion I was 'pipped at the post' because I waited till the weekend to visit - in the 3 days till the weekend, someone came down with a trailer from Scotland and had it away from under my nose.
4. If you prefer the 60's style of a 5 or a 5a, then don't buy a 6 - unless you are very tall. You will always be reminded that you bought the wrong one. The same goes the other way round, if you prefer a 6, then buy a 6.
5. 30k mileage is more likely 130k mileage or even 230k mileage unless supported by a full service history.
6. Even a 130k miler with 16 previous owners can be fun and interesting. Don't ask me how I know.

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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by ronnie » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:22 pm

Rev Light wrote:I would also add:

3. Be ready to move quickly when one comes up. On one occasion I was 'pipped at the post' because I waited till the weekend to visit - in the 3 days till the weekend, someone came down with a trailer from Scotland and had it away from under my nose.

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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by Rev Light » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:02 pm

No worries - If it was a yellow, 4 speed non-overdrive 5a, then it was. But I am over it.

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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by ronnie » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:12 pm

The great escape....it wiznae me !

I've never had a 5a -only interested in the SE6 models



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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by james_stan » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:16 am

Looks like this one has been hanging about for a few months now.. I would take a look only it's a 2-3 hour drive from here. Anyone any prior knowledge? Tupperware highlighted in Nov last year I note..

http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C791430



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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by Revingtosh » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:38 pm

Hello gents - just thought that I'd chime in with my experiences.

On a whim I flogged my MK2 1300ghia escort a few weeks ago, I got nearly 6 grand for it which is a lot of money for not a lot of car - but it reflected the value in the current market given that the car was effectively standard apart from wheels and an exhaust. I could have spunked 20 grand on it, would never have seen that money back, and I still wouldn't have been 100% happy with it.

So that then begged the question - what do I replace it with? So I made a list in my head of what I wanted my next car to be:-

1) Not much work (I'm mechanically able, but I work full time and run my own business too)
2) 5 speeed manual box, Plenty of grunt for going sideways & general hoonery.
3) Comfortable enough for me and my family to enjoy a day out
4) Room for improvement / development
5) 12 month mot
6) Above all else, rear wheel drive!
Etc

Anyway, To cut a long story short I arrived at the idea of a Scimitar. I did some research, spoke to some people ( who thought that I was me mental), Read a lot more online. And landed this beauty for £3800

viewtopic.php?f=25&t=35618

Some might say that I overpaid, But given the amount of receipts I've got, Not to mention the blindingly obvious amount of love that's gone into this car from the previous owner - I'd say that I've bought peace of mind, and therefore a bargain.



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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by Oldconn » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:43 pm

Peace of mind? With a Scimitar? I'll have a pint of that,please! :pint :lol:


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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by Revingtosh » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:45 pm

Hahaha - I should have added the caveat 'within reason' lol



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Re: What should I be looking to pay..

Post by greeny » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:14 pm

Revingtosh wrote:Hahaha - I should have added the caveat 'within reason' lol

Having spent a little time around this car you have bought a bargin. Imagine how much a capri or mgb would have cost in that condition!!!!!!!


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