My grandma's trying to get rid of my grandpa's old canary yellow 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Car. It's all there and in fair condition for its age. It had a landau top, but it has pretty much worn apart, and may as well come off. It doesn't run, all that we know is that my grandpa was replacing something when he got sick and we never knew what it was, but we don't think it was anything big. It has been sitting for a few years. I found today that the passenger door won't lock again after I unlocked it, not sure if that's common or serious. I'll try to post pictures soon.
She's taking offers but reluctant to give it away for too cheap. My uncle says it could be fixed up like a show car and shouldn't go for less than $4000, but one guy who came to look at it said that was waaaay too much considering all that he had to do to it. I thought it was weird that that was how he introduced himself by talking it down. "It doesn't run, it needs registered, and I'll have to have it smogged, it's not really a nice car, just a car." [I'm not a fan of Fords myself, but I wouldn't say it isn't a nice looking car.] So if no one is interested, any suggestions or estimates would still help. ;D
1975 Dodge Adventurer Sport and 2, count 'em 2, 440 big block V8's. Set. For. Life.
I sell used cars as a profession and this era is my specialty. I'll tell you off the bat that the market for them is soft and $4,000.00 will get you a decent driving car. Not that yours isn't worth it, but it would have to be very special to fetch that price. I've got a '72 Eldorado for sale that runs and drives excellently and $3,500.00 is my asking price and lowest I'll go.
I can't speculate too much on it without seeing pictures, though the description leads me to believe that it's not a sub-10k mile car where the issue keeping it from running is that the battery is dead.
This is the type of car I love to restore and sell to someone to have as their first classic and to keep them alive and on the road. I'll offer you all the help I can and tell you the exact real-world value for the car.
That seller would probably accept $3,000 for his Lincoln. But that's just one ad and like I mentioned it's just for reference. WeCrash also sells big old luxury boats like these for even less. It'll still be good to see a few pics of your Grandpa's car if you get a chance to post them.
Personally, I love these big old Lincoln's. A great car for kick-starting your career as a pimp
Post by Lord Vadus on Jul 16, 2013 14:27:19 GMT -5
Based on the pictures, it's about a $1,000.00 car at best.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news; it's a nice car, but the fact that it's not running really hurts the value. There's at least another $1,000.00 required to make it ready to drive again if you do it yourself; brakes, tires, hoses, fluids, etc. before you fix the issue that your grandfather was working on.
Post by Lord Vadus on Jul 18, 2013 11:02:29 GMT -5
If you get it running/driving around the block, it's a $1,500 car in that state; you can get it up to a $2,000 car with a set of used tires, light redo of the brakes, et. al. that is needed to make it run, drive, and stop.
The hard part is that, if you pay a shop, it often comes to more than you get above where the car's at now, but now it's a hard sell that will take some time.