Royal Floor Sweeper
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: The Sticks, South Carolina
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The WORST thing to come to cars is the whole televised auction thing.
Now, people see any old car with ANY character as a "collectible" and get them and want insane prices even if they don't drive them.
I mean, some cars are truly collectible by rarity or particular "mystique," but most should be enjoyed. Jim Clarks R4 Lotus 25 or Lotus 49 R2 SHOULD be extra special." But, a rusting Dodge Charger or Mustang just isn't worth what people want for them. The same for imports. I'd love an AE86 (and would love to make a tofu-car), but the prices have gotten stupid for a crappy example.
I'm glad I have my Miata, which has been in the family since 1989. My father drove it for 9 years and it's been mine since then. I do think they are often underated for driving (esp. by people who don't know what a real sports car is about other than looks). Despite pressure to get rid of it 6-7 years ago, I'm glad I didn't. It is worth WAY too much to me.
Also, prices depend a lot on market. Crappy 90s Hondas are around here for decent. But, good luck finding a small Toyota pick-up, esp. 4wd, for under 8-10K in rural SC. That goes for ones 10-20 years old too. Go to Atlanta or a big city and they can be gotten relatively cheap.
I am now missing my Bus. I wish I had gotten the Subaru or 911 engine swap. But, then again, I wouldn't have the Miata now . . .
It all worked out.
Now, if can keep my kids from scratching my B . . .
They scratched it today with a sled- about a foot long.
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