Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 1982 300SD
Location: Bel AIr, MD
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RE: Barrett-Jackson pricing is through the roof!
I just got back from spending the day at Carlisle, (PA) Spring Flea Market and car corrall.
I agree that prices are fantastic. It seems that most ordinary cars of the fifties and sixteis use $25,000 as the base price. Most are over-restored, meaning that they exceed the quality as produced by their manufacturers. Paints are much improved. Fit and finish are also to much higher standards. People also tend to over-rate their cars. In my understanding, most cars on the show field would qualify as true #3 condition. A #1 should exactly as it rolled off the assemble line. If its driven at all, and has any sand damage, pits in the glass or paint, it drops to #2. Many people seem to still call this a #1.
Some of this is driven by the chemists at the paint manufacturers. These cars should be sporting simple acrylic enamel paints. But the desire for better gloss and UV protection leads to using paints that can cost close to $1000 just for the materials.
I guess as long as people pay these prices, they must be correct. I won't pay that much, in fact I can't afford to. This is a hobby for me; not my career. I am restoring my '82 300SD because I want to drive a good looking, high quality car. I will not spend over $1000 in the process for paint, interior material, and mechanical parts needed to complete it. When done, I will have about 250 hours invested. I do not plan to ever get that monet out of the car thru selling it. I will drive it, perhaps for the next 20 years. Not having to feel I need a "new" car with their electronic wizardry, and enjoying the solid feeling of the benz will be reward enough.
About a decage ago I finished an earlier restoration--a '64 Ford Falcon Sprint Convertible. A rare car with less than 4000 produced; maybe 200 still exists, although I have never seen one identical to mine. Anyway the Falcon needed much work. I replaced floors, rear quarters, rt side front torque box, inner rockers ( made them myself-from 12 ga), the entire interior, all new metal ines for fuel and brakes, all new everything for the brakes, except the pedal assembly. I rebuilt the engine, and the rear end. New springs on the rear.
The 300SD was just about the same age as the Falcon when I started each project. The Mercedes needed paint, idler arm kit, stitch 2 bad seams in the leather and redye, filters and new rubber fuel lines.
That seems a testimony to the original build quality.
And besides when I finish the MB, I get to drive a MB; not a low end Ford.