Thinking of selling my 70 Swinger - opinions wanted

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  1. Den's Dart

    Den's Dart Well-Known Member

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    Gents, looking for some thoughts. I am seriously considering selling my 70 Swinger. I have been doing some hunting around to see what I may be able to get for it but the prices are all over the map!

    Looking for some knowledeable Canadian opinions.

    First of all this was originally a /6 that someone way before me decided to turn into a Swinger clone. Correct 340, 4bbl, etc. Apparently has a mild (purple) cam, high compression pistons (not sure about head work). Car is definitely not perfect but a pretty easy resto.

    Body is in decent shape (not perfect and has some paint issues). Needs a new headliner and some interior work in terms of cleaning up the wiring and fixing some electrical issues (oil light, temp guage and fuel guage not working).

    Pic is in my avatar, although obviously not the greatest for judging.

    I realize it's not a great deal of info to go on but I am just looking for an approximate fair value.

    I was thinking asking 8k? seem out of line?

    Not even 100% sure if I would be willing to part with it but if the money seemed worth while I would definitely consider it (so for example if you guys thought 5 was the max or something I would definitely hang onto it and work on improving those issues and then taking it to a few local shows in the spring and try selling it that way).

    Any info or thoughts are welcome....

    Dennis
     
  2. 1968dartman

    1968dartman life is getting better!!

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    I am no expert but in my opinion with today's economy you would be hard pressed to get 8K. But without seeing the car I may be wrong. Post pics so we can see the car so we can make a more informed decision.
     
  3. DJC

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    I don't think you're too far off the mark. Like you said, the prices are all over the map, and without seeing the car up close or knowing all the details, I've seen comparables out there for around the same price. You're looking for a buyer who wants something fun, makes some noise, impresses people, etc. They'll spend that kind of money on a toy.

    If keeping it isn't a problem, then try the market on for size. Start at 9K, see what action you get, go from there.
     
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    Need to see some pics.
     
  5. Dartnut

    Dartnut Don't hate me because i'm beautiful

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    8 grand isn't out of the question if the body is not rusty.
    Does it have an 8 3/4? 340 dash? 4 speed or 727 auto?
    If not, it's just a fun car for sure and the price would drop accordingly........depending on the buyer.
    Post some pics and we can give you a better idea.
     
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    Pics would help. Definitely would need to see the Paint issues. Most people are leery of any rust. Bubbles, Holes etc. any sign of rust kills the deal for me. In US I could see it going for $8,000. It may be very well worth while to address the "Paint Issues" first then try to sell.
     
  7. Den's Dart

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    Thanks guys I knew without much in the way of photos it would be hard to offer an overly informed oppinion. I think in the right hands a weekend would make all the difference in the world. I am a tinkerer at best and hate electrical. An experienced mechanic could fix 99% of the problems likely in a weekend! As for the paint, the real issue is the drivers side just behind the side window. Obviously was bondoed and filled and the paint bu bubbled and flaked off. Whoever did the resto/conversion did it on a budget. It is definitely a decent driver/fun car. It will never be a show car!

    I will try to get some pics and post them here.

    I think what I really need is to find a local car club and start building some relationships and maybe trade off some labour or something...no spare cash to take it to a mechanic (darn wife and kids like to eat!)

    Dennis
     
  8. DJC

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    Yah, if there's rust/bubbles/bodywork that needs fixing, that'll hurt the sale. Even just paint problems is OK if there's solid metal under it. Most guys can fix little stuff themselves. I looked at a 71 Scamp, looked good in the ad, had paint a few years ago, guy wanted $7K for it. Magnet test showed non-metal repairs in the usual places. I backed away. He emailed me a couple weeks ago asking if I was interested in it at $4K.

    Depending what you have into it, I wouldn't expect to make a big profit, especially these days. If you want out and you can do so with minimal losses, I'd call that a plus. I took a big hit on my E-body, but I found my Scamp with money left over to do what it needs. I'm calling it a wash.
     
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