The seller does not state the year in the ad, are you affiliated with the seller?
So according to seller this car's been sitting a awhile. Good catch on the gauges - may have garaged winters the last 5 years, but it's seen time outdoors... here or in Eire. Which brings up other aspects to seller's story: isn't Ireland right-hand drive territory, so it must have been purchased elsewhere & imported to the island? As to true mileage, when these things got federalized - didn't the KM's traveled get zeroed-out ?passed away 5 years ago, and I bought the car from his estate. I have only put about 100 miles on it since purchase.
that does not look like a 33k mile engine unless it's been sitting on a dirt road. though i expect a 33k mile car to look brand new..The seller does not state the year in the ad, are you affiliated with the seller?
How did you come to the conclusion that it is an 1983 coupe?
Truly a 32k mile example?
What are some simple ways to authenticate original mileage? Other than carfax report, and the actual wear and usage of the car's interior, what can I look at to make sure it is a true low mileage example?
Just by looking at the pictures in the ad, I can see differences in the shades of the needles of the various gauges. The RPM needle is a different shade color from the minute hand on the clock, and the hour hand on the clock is a different shade from the minute hand. Is it possible that this flaw has nothing to do with the actual mileage of the car? I have searched other classifieds for low mileage examples and have not found many, the ones I did find, this color difference in the needles was not so obvious.
What are your thoughts guys? Any input appreciated. I am interested in buying this car.
Here is a picture of the engine. It looks very neat, but it is missing the connector tube to the air filter. Does this engine look like a 32k mile example?
Thanks Doc, your explanations really help put the pieces of this puzzle together. I appreciate the input.From what I see in the pictures, thats a rear Gen I Euro bumper. I'm 100% sure of that.
The "I" decal affixed on the rear does not stand for Ireland... it stands for Italy. Italy is a LHD country... so its perfectly normal the way its shown in the picture.
The halogen lamp under the bumper is a strange one. You usually see that on US cars imported into Europe where they add the fog light. Looks like a fog light to me.. but being a Euro, it should already have that feature.
As to its mileage... hard to say, but the car is very clean. It could have been a car that was barely used which would explain a lot... but I wouldn't find it suspicious. If he has documentation to back up the mileage...then it should take care of your concerns.
Wow what a clean engine bay, Brian. This was very thoughtful! Can you please send me a copy to my email? I sent you my email in a PM, thank you.I got my 500SE when it had 33k miles on it; all original. The engine bay has never been cleaned, it's just been kept this way for twenty-five years. Compare and contrast: