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Advice needed please

I have a couple of old cars -

Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet - 1990 - non runner after a little fire in the engine bay.

Alfa Romeo Spider - 1987 - reasonable nick but needs some restoration and new starter motor.

The good lady has decided I am never going to do anything with them (she is almost certainly correct) and they need to go.

I guess they are worth more than the £40 the local scrap guy will offer and In true HPC fashion, 'I am not going to give them away!'

Anyone know the best place to offer these for sale?

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Retrorides would be a good starting point http://retrorides.proboards.com/

They are not really worthy of a "classics " headline in the truest sense as of yet,but the alfa is not far off as they still had a problem with dissolving when they come into contact with water at the time of its manufactuer so it is far more of a rarity than the Porsche

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Ebay or a specialist online forum.

Certainly DONT scrap them or sell them for parts if you can avoid it - there will be someone out there who would love to keep these cars on the road!

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Ebay or a specialist online forum.

Certainly DONT scrap them or sell them for parts if you can avoid it - there will be someone out there who would love to keep these cars on the road!

How will people keep cars like that on the road if there are no parts available...... ;)

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Break into parts and put on ebay

Ebay or a specialist online forum.

Certainly DONT scrap them or sell them for parts if you can avoid it - there will be someone out there who would love to keep these cars on the road!

Sadly breaking in to parts is often the most profitable

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How will people keep cars like that on the road if there are no parts available...... ;)

The ones that are nicked and sold for parts. I mean, erm, yeah ok I see your point :)

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Team up with RXE to appear in a UK version of 'American Choppers' but based on cars instead and filmed in his backyard complete with 17 'doer upper' Alfa Romeos.

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You could probably do worse than ebay, especially if you then put the word out about your auctions on various forums where people are likely to be interested. There is still a chance of timewasters I guess but you would have thought that tyre kickers would be less inclined to turn up with a trailer or ducktail to take it away and then still change their minds.

The Alfa has got to be worth at least £2k I would have thought if all it needs is a bit of recommissioning and a starter motor, obviously if it needs 100 hours spent underneath it with a welder then maybe not. As for the Porsche, values on 944s have been shooting up recently, the days when you could get a runner for a grand have long gone, I saw an S2 coupe that needed quite a bit of welding to get through the MOT on Ebay recently at £2.7k, and the auction hadn't even finished...

My gut feeling is that this wouldn't be a bad time to offload them either, prices for all sorts of relatively cruddy old motors are going up, and prices for actual classics are mental. I can't see that continuing as/when there's an HPC / recession, it's a classic bubble IMO.

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Pistonheads if you want the highest price and are prepared to wait.

Ebay for a good price more quickly. Set a sensible reserve.

I agree with Rave - good time to offload.

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If you've got a mate with a car trailer then say you can deliver on the advert (for whatever p per mile) - you'll increase the pool of potential purchasers.

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Advice needed please

I have a couple of old cars -

Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet - 1990 - non runner after a little fire in the engine bay.

Alfa Romeo Spider - 1987 - reasonable nick but needs some restoration and new starter motor.

The good lady has decided I am never going to do anything with them (she is almost certainly correct) and they need to go.

I guess they are worth more than the £40 the local scrap guy will offer and In true HPC fashion, 'I am not going to give them away!'

Anyone know the best place to offer these for sale?

Carandclassic.co.uk

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My gut feeling is that this wouldn't be a bad time to offload them either, prices for all sorts of relatively cruddy old motors are going up, and prices for actual classics are mental. I can't see that continuing as/when there's an HPC / recession, it's a classic bubble IMO.

Yes it`s looking that way for sure,mind you i thought the same with houses but the price of some classics are starting to make the housing market look reasonable

I had a MK2 escort rolling shell on my ebay watch list a couple of months ago it was in piss poor condition and it sold for over £3k

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Team up with RXE to appear in a UK version of 'American Choppers' but based on cars instead and filmed in his backyard complete with 17 'doer upper' Alfa Romeos.

Oi, I've only got 7, so the spider would only make 8.

How far off an MOT is the Spider? OK ones make 8k, so even a basket case has got to be worth 1 - 2.

On phone now, more considered reply later!

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Practical Classics magazine. Likely to go to a restorer rather than a breaker and you may even see it featured.

Free listing in the magazine:

http://www.practicalclassics.co.uk/contacts.html

Scroll down for advertising contact)

(Or their (also free) online section:

http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/sell

The former is where I will be buying my classic for restoration when I eventually stop work.

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Oh no! More unfinished projects. :huh: I have had a few of those.

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Oh no! More unfinished projects. :huh: I have had a few of those.

Not unfinished projects. They were my main cars for many years but I didn't sell them when I got a newer model and they have been a bit unloved recently. Guess I am an accidental multiple car owner!

Thanks for all advice so far. Really helpful.

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In front of a proper keyboard, so a more considered reply.

I'll give you £500 for the Spider! :-)

Seriously - ads for reasonably good looking Spiders go from 8K to about £15K. Top end is for things that look like minters with loads of Alfaholics goodies bolted on. Whether they get this money for them is a different question, but that is your target. Now yours is a non-runner, so obviously less. Key question is what it would take to get it an MOT. If you have an MOT, then you have a working car that a punter can drive away - much bigger market. If you have no MOT then you are dealing with people who either have a massive trailer, or know a mate with one. Bottom feeders, people like me :-) Or the motor trade, which is worse! If all it needs is a new starter and a damn good service (say £800), I'd spend that and then you can advertise it as a working car - got to be 4 - 6K. Of course if it is a rotten basket case, then you'll be selling it for parts or proper restoration - so a few K tops. I'm not an expert on Spider values - ask me about 156s and Alfetta GTVs and I'm all over it.

I'd do two things:

1) Get onto Alfaowner.com and get reading - it will give you an idea of the values.

2) Find your local specialist and talk to them. They're generally pretty used to owners poling up and saying "I want to sell this but I'm quite fond of it so find me an enthusiast to buy it". I got offered a 155V6 in these circumstances at the local specialist last week, had to decline, I've got one already. I know a number of them, post roughly where you are in the country and I'll see if you're near anyone I know.

Same for the Porker. Worth quite a bit to the right person.

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2) Find your local specialist and talk to them. They're generally pretty used to owners poling up and saying "I want to sell this but I'm quite fond of it so find me an enthusiast to buy it". I got offered a 155V6 in these circumstances at the local specialist last week, had to decline, I've got one already. I know a number of them, post roughly where you are in the country and I'll see if you're near anyone I know.

Same for the Porker. Worth quite a bit to the right person.

My dream car as a 20 year old. Had to settle for a Fiat Tempra in the end. Same car, sort of!

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