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1991 U.S. spec. 560SEC. Black over black. 54,000 documented miles all service records. Original owner. Every option includind ASR & power sunshade. No rust or dents.

Entire car has been badly keyed. sunroof, power windows don't work at all. All fuses replaced. Engine frozen will not turn over. Parked for 2 years. Trans worked in reverse only at that time. No mods at all. Has been stored in garage.
 

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I assume Mr. T is putting forward a hypothetical car – use the pics of the mind. I’d wonder how such a low miles car came up with a bad tranny and frozen engine. [?]
 

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No, I sold this guy a boat. I had misplaced a whole big box of spare parts at the time of sale. I found the box today, and dropped it off. The car was in his garage,. He's on to boats and told me to make him an offer, but I don't want to insult him. Could be a real money pit, but I'm tempted.
 

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In that case...

In my opinion a car like that is practically worthless – I’d offer $1000 – if he takes it as an insult tell him the engine work and proper paint job alone could cost $8000. He’d be better off to part it out.
 

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JDC - You may be on the money. This guy is a really odd duck. Lives on a very exclusive lake. Huge beautiful home, but the wooden shake shingles are missing from alot of the roof, needs a total paint job, the landscaping looks like something out of the African jungle. To top it off, he's got a two tone burgandy and black Clenet in his driveway with 3 rotted flat tires on it. All pitted chrome. He says it hasn't moved since the 80's. If you don't know what a Clenet is, think a refined more expensive Excalibur. Not everyone's cup of tea, but certainly not disposable. Sort of makes me sorry he bought my boat.
 

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MRTIKKET - 3/17/2005 10:07 PM

1991 U.S. spec. 560SEC. Black over black. 54,000 documented miles all service records. Original owner. Every option includind ASR & power sunshade. No rust or dents.

Entire car has been badly keyed. sunroof, power windows don't work at all. All fuses replaced. Engine frozen will not turn over. Parked for 2 years. Trans worked in reverse only at that time. No mods at all. Has been stored in garage.
The first part of the description sounds like a beauty. Not too fond of ASR, but its not too bad.

A car with the above description thats been babied and taken care of would have a value of around $14k if its truely mint and 100% original.

Sunroof not working could be a minor fix, but chances are its a difficult one that could cost as much as $2k to fix.

Power windows.. could be as simple as fuse or switches. Since fuses where replaced... I'd look into switches being dirty.

Engine not turning over... that sounds bad. A new rebuilt engine would cost around $5-6k.

Trans working in reverse only... could be a busted B2 ring that is roughly a $200 fix, or could require a full rebuilt ~$1500.

Paint job.. since its badly keyed, most likely requires a complete paint job. A good one costs roughly $5000.

$5500+2000+1500+$50+5000 = $14,050 in estimated work RIGHT OFF HAND. So with that said, that 54,000 mile car is worthless as a car... and should only be considered as a parts car. Sad to hear of a car neglected like that.[B)]
 

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Can't argue with Snibble's analysis. It looks like an entirely reasonable estimate, and that is before you uncover any unknowns (rust, suspension, AC, trunk leaks, etc.).

I read something rather amusing the other day. Someone was talking abut the value of classic Ferrari's and made the point that you could take a perfectly good late 50s Testarossa and run the car at full speed into a brick wall, virtually destroying the car, without materially affecting the value of the car.
I think it means people are paying for the exclusivity of the rare, genuine, Ferrari. Totally separate from any consideration of replacement/rebuilding/Restoration cost.

Unfortunately, that will never happen to our w126s.[V]
Market value will be very closely tied to replacement/refurbish costs
 

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janos_z - 3/18/2005 11:20 PM

so i went and looked up clenet. below is a picture of monsieur clenet with one of his series I cars. in case anyone was curious.
Nice Clenet. The one in disrepair is much newer, 1982 Much larger and more refined. He offered to sell me the SEC today for $5,000. I laughed. Told him I'd tow away the SEC and the Clenet for $5,000. Said he'd get back to me. You are all pretty correct, as I'd be loosing money if I got the SEC for $1,000.
 

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MRTIKKET - 3/19/2005 3:09 AM

janos_z - 3/18/2005 11:20 PM

so i went and looked up clenet. below is a picture of monsieur clenet with one of his series I cars. in case anyone was curious.
Nice Clenet. The one in disrepair is much newer, 1982 Much larger and more refined. He offered to sell me the SEC today for $5,000. I laughed. Told him I'd tow away the SEC and the Clenet for $5,000. Said he'd get back to me. You are all pretty correct, as I'd be loosing money if I got the SEC for $1,000.

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